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World Cup 2019, Match15- WI Vs SA, Preview: Aggressive Windies Out To Add On To The Proteas’ Misery

“South Africa have lost all of their three matches thus far in the competition.”

After the entertaining weekend battles in this World Cup 2019 expedition, it is time to shift the focus towards another big encounter. In the 15th match of the tournament, South Africa will be clashing with the Windies team at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on June 10, Monday. Both the teams are coming into this game after conceding losses in their respective previous outings. Thus, they would be in desperate need to be back to winning ways.

Windies’ backstory

The West Indies team are arriving into this match after missing out on sealing a hard-fought victory against Australia in the last outing. There were quite a few things which didn’t go in the right place for Jason Holder and Co. and poor umpiring was surely one of them. The big-hitters in Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer and Carlos Brathwaite failed to get going and that proved to be a big missing point in the Windies progress in the nervy run-chase. Shai Hope is in a stunning form off late but he definitely needs support big time from the rest of the batsmen.

Things were going quite good when in the first half, the Windies bowlers got their team off to a fantastic start by rattling the Australian heavyweight top-order. But then they allowed them to post an imposing total of 288 runs, which made it very difficult for the West Indies batters in reply. Windies bowlers will be expected to strike consistency in this match against the Proteas.

South Africa’s backstory

On the other hand, South Africa’s World Cup 2019 campaign is already in a horrendous position as they have lost all of their three encounters and a whole lot of injury blows have been haunting them regularly. All of three losses have come against big teams, tournament favourites England, India and then they conceded a clinical defeat against Bangladesh as well. The batters performances especially the top-order have not been upto the mark in all the three defeats as none of them have got big scores or hundreds.

One of the likes of Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock or Faf du Plessis needs to get those big hundred to help South Africa open their account in this tournament. Kagiso Rabada pleaded for some sort of support from the rest of the bowlers in the last match against India. The team management would certainly expect an improved performance from the bowlers.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

Windies

South Africa

No Result

Tied

Overall (61)

15

44

1

1

In World Cup (6)

2

4

 

 

Windies’ likely Playing XI

Even after conceding a defeat in the previous outing, Windies might not make a lot of changes to their playing eleven. The explosive duo comprising of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis will surely open the innings in this match as well. The in-form Shai Hope, who stroked a fine half-century in the last game, will head the middle-order along with the explosive likes of Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran to follow. The duo of skipper Jason Holder and Andre Russell will add depth to the batting line-up.

Carlos Brathwaite failed to contribute much with the ball as well as with the bat and he should make way for Fabian Allen, who also gives another spin option along with Ashley Nurse.  The troika of Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell and Andre Russell have been doing a great job with the ball thus far and they would be expected to do the same in this game as well.

Probable XI: Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (c), Ashley Nurse, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell.

South Africa’s likely Playing XI

The Proteas may need to make one unforced change. Rassie van der Dussen is suffering from a groin injury and Aiden Markram may replace him. Quinton de Kock got a half-century in the first match, but couldn’t quite deliver in the last couple of matches. Hashim Amla’s form is a matter of concern. He came back into the side in the last match after recovering from a head injury.

Skipper Du Plessis got out against spin the last two games and he would be keen to work on that aspect. David Miller and JP Duminy aren’t in the best of forms but have the potential to get big scores under their belt. South Africa is most likely to persist with playing two spinners. There’s still no update on Ngidi and hence, Kagiso Rabada’s role is expected to be that much more crucial.

Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram/Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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