South Africa vs West Indies, Match 15 Prediction2019-06-11
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
?Determined West Indies will challenge one of the tournament favorites - South Africa - who still seek their first win in the World Cup 2019.
?Head to head, South Africa defeated West Indies in 3 out of last 5 games, and overall, out of 61 encounters, South Africa hold a winning ratio of 74.16%.
?To West Indies advantage, in the Tri-Nation Series 2016, they lost South Africa twice in 3 matches to block South Africa from entering the final.
?In the last four World Cups, South Africa have beaten West Indies in 3 of the four encounters. In World Cup 2015, SA defeated West Indies by 257 runs after scoring 408 runs.
?Though defeating West Indies may not be an easy task for South Africa, the statistics are in favor of South Africa.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION IS South Africa to beat West Indies and open their account.
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South Africa placed themselves at the 9th rank in the points table with the worst possible start. The decision of Linda Zondi, the South Africa Cricket’s selection panel convener, to block retired AB de Villiers’ comeback has already created a controversy as SA lost all their 3 matches played so far. The only option for South Africa now is to focus, win this match and gain the momentum.
On the other hand, West Indies have surprised everyone by their performances in the warm-up games and in their initial two matches of the main World Cup games. In the warm-up game against New Zealand, their batsmen stole the show, while in the first two main games, the bowling unit played the dominating role. Overall it would be an exciting match in which South Africa would be in a desperate search of the victory against confident West Indies.
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South Africa are lingering at the 9th place, just above Afghanistan, in the points table after 3 straight losses. They did well in the first warm-up game against Sri Lanka, beating them by 87 runs after putting up 338 on the board. In the second warm-up game against West Indies, they had scored 95 runs without losing a wicket in 13 overs.
In the first main game against England, SA’s batting collapsed at 207 under 40 overs while chasing 311 runs. The second match must have hurt them the most as their bowlers allowed Bangladesh to score 330 runs. They had come close to winning it within 21 runs. For 3rd ranked South Africa, it meant losing 2 sure points against 7th ranked Bangladesh. Their batsmen crumbled again in the third match against Indian bowling attack and posted merely 227 runs. Their bowlers did well to stretch the match till 48th over but the total was far below the par score on the given surface.
They are most affected by injury of key players like Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi. Their key players Faf du Plessis, de Kock and Dussen have got half-centuries each in previous 3 matches, while Rabada leads their bowling unit with 4 wickets.
Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Hashim Amla, B Hendricks, Imran Tahir
Faf du Plessis (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Van Der Dussen, Chris Morris, T Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, AL Phehlukwayo
West Indies have had a good show in the warm-up match against New Zealand in which they smashed 421 runs thanks to Russell's 25 balls 54 and Shai Hope's century.
In the first match of the main games, Oshane Thomas (4 for 27) and Jason Holder (3 for 42) scythed through Pakistan’s batting line-up and chased down a humble total of 105 runs in 14 overs. The fans, however, were content as they got to see typical Chris Gayle show (34 balls 50).
West Indies couldn't take the advantage of Australia's early disaster (5 for 79 in 16.1 overs) and it cost them the second game as the opponents raced away to 288 runs in 50 overs. Most of their bowlers contributed with wickets but they could not save themselves from Coulter-Nile’s hurricane inning (60 balls 92). It was an opportunity lost though they came close to winning it within 15 runs after half-centuries from Shai Hope (68) and Jason Holder (51). They have a lot to learn from this match how not to give away the match from a winning position. They also need to devise a plan to tackle the opening pair of South Africa – Amla and de Kock – whom they could not confine in their first warm-up match.
Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Ashley Nurse, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Oshane Thomas, Chris Gayle
Jason Holder (c), Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, N Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
The match is to be played at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. The highest total recorded on this ground is 373 by England against Pakistan in May 2019. The average first and second inning scores are 260 and 214. The highest total chased is 306 by New Zealand against England and the lowest defended is 251.
The surface looks good for batting and in 12 out of 24 matches, the teams batting first have won. Hence it is recommended to bat first after winning the toss in a pressure game such as this one.
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