Date: October 26, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Stadium
It will be South Africa and West Indies who will face each other at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on Tuesday. While the West Indies team led by Kieron Pollard had a rather forgettable start to their campaign as they faced a six-wicket defeat with 70 balls remaining, the Proteas did put up a fight against Australia in their opening match before falling to a 5-wicket defeat in the last over.
Head to head:
It’s been a wicket in Dubai so far. While West Indies were bowled out for 55, there were no such demons in the wicket that prompted a batting collapse but it was some of the decision-making by their own batters. In the other match too, although India managed 151, the Pakistan batters chased it down with 13 balls to spare, suggesting that had Indian batters applied themselves better they could have scored a lot more. The team winning the toss would continue to look to bowl first with dew also coming in at this venue.
South Africa: While South Africa does not head into this tournament as the favourites, they tend to bring their best to the World Cups. They have a few quality players in their ranks and they would want their senior players to put their hands up and play to their reputation – the likes of Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Lungi Ngidi and Keshav Maharaj. Meanwhile, the Proteas also have some amazing young talents who have been doing well in recent years – the likes of Aiden Markram and Anrich Nortje and a lot of eyes will be on their performance along with the likes of world-acclaimed spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.
West Indies: The West Indies have just not got going in the World Cup so far. Having said that, the brand of cricket they play there is always a risk of a failure like that and they would look at it that their one bad game has happened earlier in the tournament. They perhaps need someone to play an anchor role and might look at someone like a Roston Chase in their XI. All other batters are likely to continue with the same approach of going after the bowlers when they feel the ball is in their arch which can backfire.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Akeal Hosein, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh jr
Conclusion: West Indies might have been touted as the favourites by many to win the tournament but South Africa are a capable unit, with the players wanting to show a fight as they did against Australia. Advantage to South Africa heading into this fixture.