Man of the Match: Aiden Markram
A T20 series in the balance, Can South Africa outplay West Indies in this contest?
We predict that West Indies will defeat South Africa.
The 5th match of the five-match T20 series of South Africa tour of West Indies 2021, will be played on 3rd July 2021 at National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada. Both the teams have won two matches each in this series, the fifth match will be the decider match for the winner of this series.
In the past five T20 matches, these teams have played against each other, West Indies have won three and South Africa has won two matches. Tough the past record indicates West Indies to be a dominant side, South Africa has put up a strong fight against West Indies in this series. It would be interesting to see which team emerges victorious in this close contest.
West Indies used to be one of the strongest teams in T20 cricket. They have not been consistent with their performances due to constant changes in the playing 11. In this T20 series against South Africa, West Indies have returned back to their previous form and they have been a dominant side against South Africa in the past. Home advantage at play in this match will be an added benefit for the West Indies team.
Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis form the opening pair for the West Indies batting unit. Lendl Simmons has scored runs consistently in the previous matches while Evin Lewis has struggled to score. Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, and Nicholas Pooran consist of the batting middle order. These middle-order batsmen will have to anchor the innings for West Indies. In their previous match, the middle order had completely collapsed and this has been the weakness in the West Indies batting unit. Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell have the responsibility to finish the innings for the team.
Andre Russell and Dwyane Bravo will be the key bowlers for West Indies in this match against South Africa. In the previous match, Dwyane Bravo claimed 4 wickets for just 19 runs. Fidel Edwards, Obel McCoy, Chris Gayle, and Kieron Pollard are the bowling alternatives for this team. Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell have extensive experience of bowling in T20 matches.
Key Players: Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Dwyane Bravo
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, Dwyane Bravo, Obed McCoy, Fidel Edwards.
Obed McCoy, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Akeal Hosein, Nicholas Pooran, Fidel Edwards, LMP Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell
South Africa has put up an excellent performance in this T20 series against West Indies. This is an opportunity for South Africa to test their team capabilities before the T20 World Cup. South Africa will have to execute their plans perfectly in this match if they want to win this match and series. Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock are the key batsmen for South Africa in this T20 series. The opening pair of Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks has failed to give the South African innings the required head start. Though Quinton de Kock has been scoring runs, The other batsmen in this batting unit have failed to contribute to the score. Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen form the middle order for this team. David Miller will have the responsibility to finish the innings for South Africa.
Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde have been the leading bowlers in the South African bowling unit. Tabraiz Shamsi and Anrich Nortje managed to pull off a win for South Africa in the third T20 match of this series. Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi add to the strength of this bowling unit.
Key Players: Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada.
Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi.
|Q de Kock||60||43||6||2||139.53|
Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen
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|06h||22||0 mm.||0.78 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|09h||28||0 mm.||2.19 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|12h||33||0 mm.||3.6 k/h||From: W||13%|
|15h||35||0 mm.||5.6 k/h||From: W||8%|
|18h||32||0 mm.||4.81 k/h||From: WNW||4%|
|21h||25||0 mm.||1.03 k/h||From: NNW||9%|
The weather for this match will be mostly sunny. The temperature will vary between 41°C to 26°C.
The venue for this match is National Cricket Stadium, St George, Grenada. Both the teams have good batting firepower, expect this match to be a high-scoring affair.
Toss plays a crucial role in T20 cricket. The venue is known for favouring batting conditions. Whichever team wins the toss would want to chase the total as it gets easier to bat in the later stages of the game.
West Indies has been a dominant side against South Africa. Both the teams have been neck-to-neck in this T20 series. West Indies have their batsmen in form while South Africa has their bowling unit presenting excellent cricketing skills. West Indies will have a home advantage in this contest.
We predict that West Indies will defeat South Africa.