South Africa vs West Indies Warm-up Match Preview: TSR presents Predicted Playing 11, Toss prediction and Weather report for tomorrow’s clash
The Warm-up games have begun with full flair. On Day 1 of the Warm-up games, Afghanistan showcased their explicit intentions regarding their World Cup campaign, as they defeated their South-Asian opponents Pakistan by 3 wickets. On the other hand, the formidable Proteas side toppled the Sri Lankans comfortably by 87 runs.
The Proteas and Pakistan would be in action yet again on Day 3 of the Warm-up matches, though against different oppositions on Sunday. We at TSR present you the preview of the match featuring South Africa and the West Indies, which will be played in at the Bristol County Ground on May 26 (Sunday).
Addressing the Windies first up, the Men-in-Maroon have are not going through the best of forms in the 50-over format off-late. The last ODI game they played was against Bangladesh in the Tri-series final at Dublin, with Ireland finishing as the third side in the series.
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The South Africans, have almost had all their bases covered in their previous Warm-up match against Sri Lanka. Their second spinner for the World Cup alongside Imran Tahir, will be a point of contention ahead of their 2nd Warm-up game.
South Africa vs West Indies warm-up match Preview
The South African side had arrived England on the back of 5 ODI series wins on the trott. They were clinical in their previous match against Sri Lanka too.
However, they would still like to address their spin bowling department. Imran Tahir would be their best bet for the entire tournament for sure. But, the other spinners viz. Tabraiz Shamsi and all-rounder JP Duminy looked scratchy against Sri Lanka. While Shamsi went for 37 runs in his 5 overs, Duminy gave away 27 runs off his 3.
Their batsmen looked in good touch. Hashim Amla’s 65 (61) made sure the management breathes easy regarding their veteran batsman’s form. Skipper Faf Du Plessis also scores a blistering 88 off 69 deliveries, while the lower-order batsmen also upped the ante in the death.
The West Indies have looked scratchy in the recent past as a unit. Although they reached the finals of the recently concluded Tri-series against Bangladesh (which they eventually lost in the finals), they did not manage to get the better of them in any of the previous two league matches too.
Nevertheless, they can breathe a bit easy about the fact that their seasoned campaigners were not in action. Stalwarts like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Nicholas Pooran among others are yet to get into action, who most likely will. Russell and Pooran had been exceptional with the ball in the IPL, while a player like Gayle can never be ruled in a tournament like the World Cup.
Their bowling perhaps, is the cause of real worry, especially in England, where the batsmen are expected have a wonderful time throughout. Skipper Jason Holder has not bowled as well as he bowled in the Tests for the Windies. Pacers Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach have been amongst the wicket-takers for them, but have looked ordinary against the Bangladeshis.
South Africa vs West Indies- Predicted Top playing 11
The Proteas would like to give their in-form wicket-keeper batsman- Quinton De Kock a match before they face the hosts, England on May 30 in the main tournament. The team would be, all-in-all looking to play in the players who did not feature in the game against the Sri Lankans. And that is what forms the basis of our predicted top 11 players from each side.
The Windies, would like to give some practice time to the players who have not been around in Windies’ colours for quite some time. Spinners Ashley Nurse and Fabien Allen will have to show their worth, as they will be crucial considering the essential role spinners might play during the middle-overs.
Darren Bravo-one of the crucial members of batting line up will be itching to get back in form, as he was pretty ordinary during the Tri-series against both Bangladesh and Ireland.
South Africa Top 11
Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, David Miller, JP Duminy, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla
West Indies Top 11
Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Ashley Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas Pooran
South Africa vs West Indies- Pitch and Weather Condition
There will be overcast conditions for most parts of the day tomorrow, in Bristol. But, the chances of rain is relatively low.
The pitch at the County Ground in Bristol, is an absolute peach for the batsmen, although the overcast conditions might bring the Pacers from both the sides into play.
Whoever wins the toss would definitely look to bat first and garner some batting form ahead of the main tournament, especially the West Indian batsmen. Its a great opportunity for the Windies to get the like of Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, and Chris Gayle to get into form ahead of the main tournament.
Where would the match telecast?
With the official broadcaster Star, deciding to broadcast all the warm-up matches, the clash between the two sides will be broadcast live on the Star Sports network and Hotstar, and will commence from 03:00 IST.