The T20 World Cup has begun with a bang, with South Africa taking on the West Indies. South Africa was defeated in its opening match against Australia in a low-scoring thriller. The West Indies, on the other hand, were humiliated by England in their last encounter, in which they were dismissed for 55 runs. Cricket betting will be in full flow in this game, as both teams that lost their first match play their second now.
South Africa and the West Indies played a five-match T20 series earlier this year in the West Indies, which South Africa won 3-2. With Group A being so competitive, neither of these teams can afford a second straight defeat; otherwise, qualifying for the semi-finals would be difficult. It should be a closely contested cricket match.
South Africa had a dramatic batting collapse against Australia on a slower-than-expected wicket. The following match will be played in Dubai, where the surface will be significantly better. This means Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, and David Miller will have to win the match for their squad.
While South Africa boasts a good batting lineup, we believe that having Temba Bavuma at the top of the order is a huge disadvantage. He is not a strong T20 batter and is essentially not assisting the team by getting out early. De Kock suffered his first T20 international failure in the previous match, but his IPL was also extremely dismal, so this streak of poor form is not new. He enjoys scoring runs against the West Indies.
South Africa’s bowling tandem of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada will be crucial in the bowling lineup. They both played the full IPL in the UAE, so they know precisely what to anticipate from the surface. Early wickets will be required to hold the West Indian batting in check, since the backup bowling is not the greatest.
The West Indians might use Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj as cannon fodder, while Dwayne Pretorius does not seem to be an international quality bowler.
West Indies were bowled out for 55 in the opening match, and the knives are out in the media. This kind of criticism may energise the West Indies and help them come together as a team. Their batting is deadly, and one poor performance should not detract from that. Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, and Kieron Pollard are among the cast members. This is a fantasy batting lineup from the realm of T20 franchise cricket.
West Indies’ lineup offers greater depth and six-hitting power. We’ve left Chris Gayle off this list since he’s definitely beyond his prime; yet, we’d want to see him play without inhibitions in order to limit the amount of dot balls he confronts.
The West Indies does not have the same fast-bowling resources as South Africa, but it may be fairly successful on occasion. Obed McCoy is a slower counterpart of Tymal Mills with a variety of cutters that he may deploy towards the end of the game with Dwayne Bravo. Ravi Rampaul has a wealth of expertise and a natural aptitude for getting wickets.
Walsh, Akeal Hossain, Andre Russell, and Kieron Pollard will pitch in as required.
South Africa and West Indies have faced each other in 15 T20I’s. Out of which South Africa have won nine and West Indies have won six.
We expect the West Indies to come back strong and win this match. They have a good batting order with a lot of hitting power. They are prone to collapsing and producing terrible performances, but the fact that their squad consists of some of the best T20 players in the world cannot be overlooked. South Africa’s regulations are stifling its batting, and it is not performing to its full potential. Bowling’s lack of depth is also a major worry.
Date and Time:
October 26, 2021 (Tuesday), 3:30 PM IST
Dubai International Stadium, Dubai