Both the un-predictable teams are ready to take on each other in tomorrow’s encounter. Currently, both the sides rest down, at the bottom four. South Africa has been the talk of the town as the Proteas now have lost 3 out of their 3 games, making them the 2nd last team at present.
Their defeat against Bangladesh came as a surprise as the Bangla Tigers put up a mammoth 330 on the board and later restricted the South African side to a total of 309 to clinch that match.
Windies have been quite surprising with their game too as they defeated Pakistan in their opening encounter. The team, however, feel short against the defending champions in their second game.
This encounter will be crucial for both the squads as WI will look to steal 2 points and climb the ladder, while SA will look for the win to just stay alive in the tournament.
South Africa (Probable XI): Hashim Amla/Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (WK), Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.
West Indies (Probable XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (WK), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
Quinton de Kock vs Oshane Thomas
De Kock requires no introduction as the ODI No.4 has been in top form in the recent years and has been in the news for his consistent batting.
With an average of 45, De Kock has over 4700 runs in 109 ODIs. The left hander not only scores a great deal of runs, but also scores them quickly as he has a s/r of 95.
De Kock has a lot of hopes pinned to him this tournament as the elegant left hander has been in good touch off late. The opener is expected to curate the SA batting and get the side to a good total.
Thomas is a 22 year old right arm fast bowler, who is just 10 matches old in the Windies team. The youngster got a call after his impressive pace and control over the ball made him stand apart from the rest of the pacers.
The right arm quick justified his selection as he went on to pick 4 wickets in his first ever World Cup game, in which he wrecked havoc for the Pakistan batsmen. Thomas continued his impressive run in his second match against Australia, where picked up 2 important wickets. Oshane has 21 wickets in 11 matches, with an economy of just over 6.
The youngster will be to watch out for in this game as his raw pace and control will be a troublesome factor for the Protea batsmen.
Kagiso Rabada vs Shai Hope
Rabda has been at his best as the 24 year old quick has been leaving no stone unturned. Ranked number 5th on the ODI bowlers list, Kagiso has been a fearsome bowler since his debut, back in 2015.
The former No.1 ranked ODI bowler has picked 110 wickets in just 69 matches with an average of 26 and s/r of 32. Rabada is easily a fiery bowler that has been playing a crucial role for his team by picking up wickets at regular intervals and bowling economically as well.
Hope is an impactful batsman, who is known for his explosive batting. The right hander has over 2300 runs in just 54 ODI matches, ranking him No.5 in the ODI rankings.
Hope really brings in a a ray of light for the Windies with his batting as he performs consistently and averages close to 50 and has a high score of 170
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This sure will be a close encounter as both the teams have a squad that could give the other one a run for their money.
Team CricWizz believes that South Africa will bounce back in this match and seal this victory to try and randevou with the top teams in the later half.
We believe that De Kock will be the key to SA’s batting in this match and will score big to pivot the Protea batting and put up a big total.
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