South Africa’s battle to overcome poor T20 record
West Indies to win
The 1st game of the 5-match T20 series between West Indies and South Africa followed the usual script as West Indies went on to register a comprehensive 8-wicket win in the game. The hosts kept the visitors to a low total and ended up chasing the score without much difficulty with five overs to spare. Their batsmen looked in great form in the game and shall look to continue with the same form in the game.
South Africa has struggled in this format of the game in the last two years and have won only twice in the last ten games. Their batsmen have failed to deliver the goods on most occasions and they will need to improve on this here. West Indies on the other hand have already smelled blood and the side would be expecting to continue with the same show.
Kieron Pollard’s side started as favorites in the T20 series after the loss during the Test Matches and lived up to the expectations with their strong performance with the bat and the ball in the last game. Having troubled the South Africans in the last game Pollard would want his players to continue with the same form in this game and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Openers Andre Fletcher and Evin Lewis played well in the last game and the side would want to see another electrifying start from them. Andre Russell and Chris Gayle went about their task professionally in the last game and the same would be expected from them in the middle order. The side bats deep with Nicholas Pooran, Pollard, Jason Holder and Dwayne Bravo in the side and all these players have good hitting abilities.
Kevin Sinclair and Holder were expensive with the new ball in the last game and they would need to improve their line and length here. Fabian Allen bowled beautifully and the same would be expected from him. Obed McCoy, Russell, Pollard and Bravo add good depth to this bowling attack.
Kieron Pollard (c), Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Obed McCoy, Kevin Sinclair
Obed McCoy, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Kevin Sinclair, Nicholas Pooran, ADS Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell
Temba Bavuma’s side needs to pull up its socks after poor show in the last game. They looked no match for the mighty West Indies in the last game putting up a below par show in the last game. The side would have to gather back its spirits and come up with better performance with the bat and the ball to level the series.
The side would need a solid start from Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks in this game and expect them to score at a good rate. In Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussenn and Heinrich Klaassen have good strength in the middle order and runs would be expected from them. The lower middle order failed in the last game and improved show would be expected from David Miller and George Linde.
Kagiso Rabada and Linde were expensive with the new ball in the last game and they can least afford to do so against a strong batting line-up. Tight spells would also be needed from the likes of Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi and Lungi Ngidi in this game as they failed to check the flow of runs.
Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi
|R van der Dussen||56||38||4||2||147.37|
|Q de Kock||37||24||2||2||154.17|
Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Anrich Nortje, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen
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|09h||26||0 mm.||2.26 k/h||From: WSW||5%|
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There are rains on the cards on June 27 t Grenada and we would be lucky to see a full game of cricket. The conditions are likely to be tough for the batsmen at the start of the game and they would have to play with caution. The side that bats first would be happy to reach a score of 170 runs or more.
National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada is a small venue with shorter squarer boundaries. Fast bowlers have done well here with the new ball and once the batsmen get their eyes set in they do well at this venue. The odd ball turn sharply at thus venue and spinners mixing their line and length have done well here.
The wicket here in this ground has been conducive to chasing scores. There is some assistance for the bowlers at the start of the game and the conditions ease as the game progresses. Thus the side winning the toss in this game should have no hesitation in opting to bowl first.
South Africa would be under lot of pressure to perform here. Their performance this year in this format of the game doesn’t inspire much confidence at the moment and the side would look at its batsmen to do well here. West Indies on the other hand are looking at their best and with a strong batting line-up that bats deep the side would start favorites in this game.
West Indies to win