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West Indies vs South Africa, WI vs RSA, Today Match Prediction

National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada

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Toss Winner - West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first

West Indies beat South Africa by 8 wickets

Host West Indies eye a strong start against South Africa at Grenada

  • Earlier this year, West Indies managed to beat Sri Lanka in three-match T20I series played at home
  • Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard have shown decent form for West Indies this season.
  • South Africa have suffered defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the four-match T20I series played in South Africa.

Expect West Indies to register a comfortable win over South Africa at Grenada.

Tournament: South Africa tour of West Indies, 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada | Toss: To Bowl

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Host West Indies will be looking to start the T20I series on a winning note when they take on South Africa in the opening game at National Cricket Stadium, Grenada on Saturday.

The hosts have included Andre Russell, Shimron Hetymer, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh Jr and Oshane Thomas for the five-match series against South Africa. Given the T20 World Cup will be played later this year; West Indies will be looking to deliver the goods as a unit and prepare well for the showpiece event.

On the other hand, South Africa have named their 19-man squad for the five-match T20I series against West Indies. After doing well in the T20I series against Pakistan, the selectors have decided to retain the likes of Aiden Markram, Lizaad Williams, Sisanda Magala, Kyle Verreynne and Bjorn Fortuin for tour of West Indies.

This will be Temba Bavuma’s first assignment as captain of the T20I side. The experienced missed the home series against Pakistan due to injury.

West Indies Preview

The hosts will be looking to produce their best cricket in the series opener at Grenada.  The team management will be looking to field their full-strength side for this opening fixture.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on the opening pair of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis to get the side off to a flying start.

Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetymer and Kieron Pollard will make up the middle-order for West Indies for this opening encounter. Andre Fletcher is expected to be first-choice keeper for West Indies as Nicholas Pooran has gone through a lean run with the bat.

Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo will be genuine all-rounders for West Indies, who offer value with bat and ball.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Sheldon Cottrell, Akeal Hossain and Hayden Walsh Jr. to provide timely breakthroughs.

West Indies Predicted Playing XI:

Kieron Pollard (captain), Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetymer, Andre Fletcher, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell/ Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Akeal Hossain and Hayden Walsh Jr.

West Indies Actual Playing XI:

Obed McCoy, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Kevin Sinclair, Nicholas Pooran, ADS Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell

South Africa Preview

The visitors played excellent in the two-match Test series and will be hoping to continue the winning momentum in the 20-over format.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on in-form opener Quinton de Kock, middle-order trio of Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Since September 2019, wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock has topped the batting charts for South Africa in the T20 format. Left-hander has accumulated 416 runs in 11 innings with four fifties to his name. Given his splendid performance in the two-match Test series, de Kock will be keen to continue his decent form in this five-match series.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi to provide timely breakthroughs. George Linde and Anrich Nortje will be other prominent bowling options

South Africa Predicted Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje.

South Africa Key Players From Previous Game Of South Africa tour of West Indies, 2021

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
Q de Kock
96
162
8
0
59.26
D Elgar
77
237
8
0
32.49
K Verreynne
27
89
2
0
30.34
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
W Mulder
4.0
3
1
3
0.25
K Rabada
13.0
6
24
2
1.85
L Ngidi
7.0
0
27
2
3.86

South Africa Actual Playing XI:

Heinrich Klaasen, Anrich Nortje, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
20
0 mm.
1.51 k/h
From: SSW
0%
03h
20
0 mm.
0.34 k/h
From: SSW
0%
06h
20
0 mm.
0.37 k/h
From: NE
0%
09h
25
0 mm.
1.33 k/h
From: WSW
0%
12h
29
0 mm.
3.02 k/h
From: WSW
0%
15h
32
0 mm.
4.59 k/h
From: WSW
0%
18h
29
0 mm.
4.76 k/h
From: WSW
0%
21h
23
0 mm.
1.3 k/h
From: SSW
0%

Weather Conditions

Traditionally, the prepared for the game at Grenada is expected to be belter of a wicket with plenty of runs for both batting units. Expect bowlers to struggle to take wickets on such a placid pitch. The weather will be fair for the Saturday’s game.

Venue Details

The National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada is going to host the series opener between South Africa and West Indies.

Toss: To Bowl

Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bowl first on this surface. Average first innings score at Grenada is around 200 runs

After analyzing both the squads, West Indies will fancy their chances of beating South Africa in this contest. With likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Evin Lewis in the batting lineup, expect the home side to pile on the runs in this series opener.

On the other hand, South Africa will need to show a lot of discipline and good captaincy to break their poor form in the T20 format.

Expect West Indies to register a comfortable win over South Africa at Grenada.

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Author: Shoaib Z.