World Cup 2019: Match 15, South Africa vs West Indies Preview, Weather Report, Pitch Report, Match Details & Head to Head Stats
The West Indies, having decimated Pakistan in their opening fixture, lost to Australia on June 6th while South Africa have lost to England, Bangladesh and India and this is a do-or-die game for them.
Date: 10th June (Monday)
Time: 11:30 AM(South Africa), 5:30 AM(West Indies), 10:30 AM(England) and 3:00 pm(IST)
Venue: Rose Bowl, Southampton
The fans can expect a pretty cold day with 75% cloud cover expected over Southampton. There can be some rain during the evenings which may lead to slow outfields making the captains want to win the toss and bat first.
Southampton is a high-scoring venue with a pretty flat wicket on offer. However, the overcast conditions expected can put the brakes on the scoring and make the wicket much slower.
Overall: South Africa and West Indies have taken on each other in 61 ODIs and the Proteas have the advantage and lead 44-15, with one game tied and the other game being washed out.
In World Cup: South Africa have a 4-2 advantage over West Indies in World Cup games.
In England: South Africa don't hold a positive record in England and haven't won one game against the West Indies with one loss and one tie in two completed ODIs.
Key Batsmen: Quinton De Kock, Hashim Amla and Faf Du Plessis
South Africa have plenty to discuss about their inconsistent performance with the bat and their openers have to deliver against the Windies.
With their middle order wearing a pretty decent look and the lower order saving them from a humiliating total, South Africa have to play attacking and confident cricket up front and take the attack to the pacers.
They need to be wary of the bouncers, though and shouldn't look to take on every bouncer they face.
Key Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and Chris Morris
The South African pacers bowled really well to India only for the spinners to let the hook off the batsmen. '
The Proteas certainly hold the advantage with their knowledge of the conditions and the wicket and with the ball seaming and moving around throughout the innings, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris will be a threat whenever they come out to ball.
With the wily Imran Tahir in the mix, South Africa have the right bowlers to clamp down on the West Indies if they execute their plans properly.
Predicted Playing XI
Quinton De Kock(WK), Hashim Amla, Faf Du Plessis(C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir.
Key Batsmen: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran
West Indies have an explosive batting order which has shown glimpses of its true potential over the last few games and they can blow the Proteas to bits if they come together. With Evin Lewis not too comfortable at the crease, Darren Bravo can come back into the side with the brilliant Shai Hope going back as an opener.
Nicholas Pooran will be the key in the middle order with his aggressive style of batting. If he can keep his head down and bat longer, the West Indies can post a huge total with the likes of Gayle, Russell and Hetmyer in their ranks.
Key Batsmen: Oshane Thomas, Andre Russell and Sheldon Cottrell
The West Indies fast bowlers have bowled brilliantly in the first couple of games and have put the opposition on the back foot in the power play. Oshane Thomas, though expensive has been taking wickets at will and has bowled many wicket-taking deliveries. Skipper Jason Holder also has Andre Russell who has been a great source of wickets and has proved to be a strike bowler.
They seem to be lacking in the spin department as Ashley Nurse has been highly average to cause any impact, but given the form their pacers are in, they can do well if they don't get too carried away by the idea of taking wickets.
Predicted Playing XI
Chris Gayle, Shai Hope(WK), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder(C), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell.
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