South Africa vs West Indies Preview: TSR presents Probable Playing 11,Toss prediction and Weather report for Match 15 of Cricket World Cup 2019.
We are back at the Rose Bowl, Southampton for match number 15 from the dramatic land of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2019. Monday brings to us South Africa vs West Indies, a match which given the immense quality at disposal promises to be a right humdinger.
However, things haven’t gone according to the gameplan for South Africa till now. In between defeats against England and India, they found themselves obliterated by Bangladesh. They’ve had their worst ever start to a World Cup campaign, losing all three of their opening matches, circumstances which see them hanging onto the barest of threads come West Indies.
Elsewhere, the West Indian pace attack has been one that has won accolades throughout the cricketing fraternity. They’ve stamped their authority with some absolute rippers, leaving Pakistan and Australia in tatters. Come South Africa, their stout-headed spearheads will be looking to replicate the same brand of merciless bowling.
South Africa vs West Indies Preview
After 2 matches, West Indies find themselves occupying the fifth place in the league table with the virtue of one win and one defeat. After cleaning apart Pakistan, they were left ruing their showing against Australia. A match in which they were in complete control for the majority of the encounter saw them lose grip at crucial moments, allowing Australia to make their way back.
The bedlam for South Africa meanwhile has been one they would want to overturn badly. The most recent match against India saw them being hammered by 6 wickets, further adding onto their abysmal plight. They occupy 9th place, lucky not to sit in the trenches by the virtue of a slight better net run-rate than Afghanistan.
Probable Playing 11
Forced into playing spinner Shamsi against India after Dale Steyn was ruled out of the World Cup, South Africa will be looking to rope in his replacement Beuran Hendricks for this match. He’s a solution to a pace battery that has been left picking up the pieces all throughout the opening exchanges of SA’s sojourn.
Pacer Lungi Ngidi continues to remain unfit for the South Africans.
West Indies making any changes to their unit remains unlikely. Little has gone wrong for them till now and they’ll be looking to dole out the same line-up with their pacers playing the role of fulcrum on a surface which should play into their hands. Andre Russell’s new was a problem in the last match but he should be fit for this one.
South Africa: 1) Hashim Amla 2) Quinton de Kock 3) Faf du Plessis (c) 4) Rassie van der Dussen 5) David Miller 6) JP Duminy 7) Chris Morris 8) Andile Phehlukwayo 9) Beuran Hendricks 10) Kagiso Rabada 11) Imran Tahir
West Indies: 1) Chris Gayle 2) Evin Lewis 3) Shai Hope (wk) 4) Nicholas Pooran 5) Shimron Hetmyer 6) Jason Holder 7) Andre Russell 8) Carlos Brathwaite 9) Ashley Nurse 10) Sheldon Cottrell 11) Oshane Thomas
Pitch and Weather Conditions
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Traditionally considered to be a fine batting surface, the track laid out for the India vs South Africa left us surprised. The pacers enjoyed their day out in tat particular contest with Bumrah and Rabada in particular extracting more than ample bounce and swing.
With the forecast bringing with it news of scattered rainfall, heavy cloud cover will play a big role throughout the match. The conditions will be one which will once again play into the hands of the faster bowlers who will play a decisive role.
As far as the pitch goes, expect a slight tinge of green to be a feature. The ball will deviate massively and come stinging into the batsmen at a treacherous trajectory especially early on. It’s still a surface where a score of around 280 would be a necessity to defend successfully.
The side winning the toss will be looking to field first and exploit the fruitful pace conducive conditions. Especially with rain likely to make foray, DLS could come into play, helping the side batting second.