After a disappointing test series loss at home, West Indies will host South Africa in a 5-match T20I series. Several veterans will be making a comeback for the home side, while the Proteas would want to maintain the rhythm they gathered from the test series.
Both the tests were played at the Gros Islet, St.Lucia, with South Africa winning the first by an innings and 63 runs, followed by a 158-run win in the second test. The T20 series between the two will be a pivotal one from the ICC T20 World Cup point of view and both nations would be hoping to play with their strongest XI.
West Indies, being the defending T20 World Champions would want to come back stronger in this particular format and the selectors have shown the same intent. The players roped in have done wonders in the T20 format lately, and they would hope that the team plays together with full synergy in a format that suits them the best.
Will the Caribbean side avenge their series loss? Or Will South Africa ascertain their dominance yet again?
Match Toss Time: 13:30 pm Local (23:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 14:00 pm Local (23:30 IST)
Match Venue: St. George, Grenada
Head to Head
Matches Played: 10, West Indies: 4, South Africa: 6
The weather is anticipated to be cloudy but hopefully, we won't experience much rainfall. The temperature is expected to be around the 30 degrees Celsius mark but the possibility of rainfall will lead to dropping in the temperature.
The Grenada pitch is known to be a brilliant pitch for the batsmen. A high-scoring thriller can be foreseen. The bounce of the pitch though may benefit the bowlers too, depending on the lengths they choose to bowl. The ideal score on this pitch is 200 and above but it can still be chased. The team batting second would hope that its spinners get something from the pitch.
For the hosts West Indies, the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell are set to return. Apart from these stars, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Dwayne Bravo are also set to play key roles in the game.
For the Proteas, Quinton de Kock will be in action. Their bowling is undoubtedly very robust and arduous to attack but there will be concerns with their batting.
Probable Playing XI
West Indies (WI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh Jr, Oshane Thomas
South Africa (SA): Quinton de Kock (WK), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie Van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje
The West Indian batting line-up looks more dominant. Thus, the batting options could have the home players in the majority. Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, and Lendl Simmons seem to be the must-picks from West Indies. For bowling, South Africa have the better attack and there can be no second doubts about that. Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Andile Phehlukwayo are all expected to impact the same hugely.
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