Battle of Existence for South Africa: SA vs WI Live Predictions

Battle of Existence for South Africa: SA vs WI Live Predictions

SA vs WI Live Predictions : The 12th Edition of ICC Cricket World Cup has already reflected the true nature of competition. The champions have lost, and the underdogs have triumphed. West Indies and South Africa will clash against each other at Rose Bowl, South Hampton on Monday. The Proteas lost their opening match to the host England by 104 runs and then to Bangladesh by 21 runs. South Africa continued its losing streak when Virat Kohli led Indian team handed them a six-wicket loss.

West Indies on the other hand had an outstanding opening in the World Cup. They blew away the Pakistan team with its formidable pace. However, with Australia they had to settle down to 15 runs loss, but it was the match that they could have won. Searching for their first victory in the tournament, South Africa will face West Indies. One more loss and the Proteas dream to win their maiden World Cup trophy will come to an end.

What Winning Means For Both The Teams?

West Indies will start as favorites in the match. A win tomorrow will boost the spirit of the two-times World Champion Caribbean side. Though defeated thrice, one cannot write off the South African side. The team entered the World Cup battle field as a World No. 3. The young South African team will probably need to win every game from this point on to stand any chance of making it to the semi-final. Thus, SA vs WI live will be a do or die situation for the Proteas.

Last 5 ODIs- A Comparison

The two teams have had similar status when we compare their performance in last five ODI matches. South Africa lost their three World Cup matches but they decimated the Sri Lankan side in last two one day international before World Cup. West Indies on the hand has had a mix run up. Even they lost three of the last five ODI and registered win in two matches. The two losses before the one that came against Australia were at the hands of Bangladesh in Ireland.

World Cup Head to Head Clashes

In World Cup, South Africa and West Indies have had six head to head clashes. South Africa won the maximum number of world cup matches against West Indies. They managed to register win in four matches while West Indies had won only two of the World Cup matches against South Africa. The last two years have been pretty contrasting for both the sides. While the Proteas have gone downhill in ODI Cricket ever since the retirement of AB De Villiers, West Indies have just started to find their space in limited-overs cricket. Though they lost against Australia, but they pushed the Australians hard and therefore will be more confident when they face South Africa.

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Squads

South Africa : Faf Du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen.

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West Indies : Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.

Strength

Bowling has been encouraging so far for South Africa. However, the exit of Dale Steyn is hurting the team a lot. The inexperienced Beuran Hendricks replaced him in the team.  He will be part of the South African pace attack along with Kagiso Rabada and supported by Lungi Ngidi and Dwaine Pretorious. In the spin department, leg spinner Imran Tahir turns out to be one of the finest in the world. In all the team can rely on their bowlers to produce the best result for them.

The strength of West Indies lies in their batting. Their batting has been fearless like the typical Caribbean style. The likes of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis can be devastating at the top and with Andre Russell available to bat at number seven, they bat as deep as any side in the tournament.

Weakness

South African batting have struggled in all the matches. The absence of experience is clearly visible. The batting line up have succumbed to pressure while chasing. Barring Faf du Plessis, no batsmen have looked settled at the crease. The likes of Hasim Amla, Quinton de Cock and David Miller have turned out to failure in the tournament. Though having a deep-rooted batting line up, none have been able to handle the pressure efficiently.

Player to Watch out for

Quinton De Kock has so far underperformed in the tournament. However, the match with the Windies may be the one to deliver for his team. He along with the captain Faf du Plessis will be expected to lead from front.

Pic Courtesy: Cricketnmore

Andre Russell can turn the game on its head single-handedly. Lethal with the ball, devastating with the bat, Russell holds the key to West Indies’ success.

Final Verdict

Having lost their last match, South Africa and West Indies have lot to prove in this match. Loss for South Africa will be end of roads for them to qualify in final four. West Indies on the other side can’t afford to lose this match because their next clashes won’t be a simple one. Comparing man to man performance, South Africa holds to be stronger than West Indies on paper. However, having lost all the three matches, South Africa are non-favourites for the match. Thus, West Indies will be starting the match as a favorites while South Africa will be fighting their existence battle in World Cup 2019.

Title: Battle of Existence for South Africa: SA vs WI Live Predictions

Nitesh Singh

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