After a one-sided Test series, West Indies and South Africa are ready to lock horns within the five-match T20I series. The opening game is scheduled to require place on Saturday, June 26 and therefore the Proteas would be looking to urge off to a winning start.
Earlier this year, South Africa lost both their T20 series against Pakistan. But with a variety of their key players back within the mix, the visitors would be fancying their chances of success.
As far because the Caribbean team cares, they’re languishing at 10th within the ICC rankings for T20I teams. It’s pertinent to notice that West Indies are yet to beat South Africa during a T20I in-home condition out of two matches.
Match – West Indies vs South Africa – 1st match
Venue – National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada
Time – 11:30 PM IST, 06:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The weather at Grenada is going to be mostly cloudy, with little rain predicted during the match. We may even see a couple of rain delays and therefore the possibilities of a shortened game can’t be denied. The temperature are going to be around 30°C.
Only one T20I has been played at the venue and it clothed to be massively high-scoring. Both Ireland and West Indies scored in more than 200 with the previous winning by four runs.
Putting runs on the board should be the way forward for both teams. There are chances of rain around 2 PM to three PM and hence, there might be delays. The temperature is going to be around the 27 degrees Celsius mark.
Avg score: 206 (1 T20I in Grenada)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 1, N/R – 0
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards
Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram/Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, George Linde/Bjorn Fortuin, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje
Played – 10 | West Indies – 4 | South Africa – 6 | N/R – 0
In West Indies
Played – 2 | West Indies – 0 | South Africa – 2 | Draw – 0
Quinton de Kock– South Africa
Quinton de Kock was in impressive form within the two-match Test series where he got many 141* and 96 and got out just one occasion while batting within the middle order. within the T20Is, he’s set to open the batting.
In 2021, the southpaw hasn’t played a T20I match but showed propriety for Mumbai Indians (MI) within the Indian Premier League (IPL). The left-hander would be looking to hold on together with his rich vein of form.
Kagiso Rabada– South Africa
Like de Kock, Kagiso Rabada is yet to play a T20I in 2021. But keeping in mind the standard he possesses, he’s expected to hit his straps at the earliest. In 26 T20Is, the speedster has picked up 31 wickets with the simplest figures of 3/30.
In the IPL, he played for the Delhi Capitals (DC) and cranked up the pace. Also, the very fact that he picked five wickets within the second Test should keep him in good stead.
West Indies will look to create on their last T20 series convert Sri Lanka but they face away tougher task here as they combat South Africa and it’ll provide the hosts with an honest idea of where they’re at before the T20 World Cup.
There is little room for maneuver within the West Indies squad for this series with them naming just a 13-man squad but the pressure is going to be on Evin Lewis who retains his spot despite a poor series last outing.
His place at the highest of the order could come under threat from Andre Fletcher while the Windies could prefer to pick Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, and Kieron Pollard within the same side together for the primary time in six years
South Africa will hope to finish their run without a series win in T20 internationals having did not prevail in any of their last six outings but they’re going to believe they will begin on top here.
Temba Bavuma has been handed the captaincy and can take the reins for the primary time during this opening match of the series where he looks set to open the batting at the highest of the order alongside Quinton de Kock.
Faf du Plessis may be a big loss for the Proteas with Kyle Verreynne and Heinrich Klaasen battling it out for his spot within the side while there are a number of options within the bowling attack which is a neighborhood they’re going to look to require control of during this series.