After a chastening first week and a half at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, South Africa will be eyeing their first win as they take on West Indies at the Hampshire Bowl, Southampton on 10th June 2019. The match will be live from 3:00 pm IST.
South Africa will be looking for a comeback after a poor start of the tournament with three back to back losses. The fast bowlers’ performance in the 6-wicket loss to India must be heartening for the team management, but it’s the batsmen who need to step-up against an aggressive West Indies pace attack on Monday. With Ngidi still in doubt, Du Plessis might look to draft in Beuran Hendricks, who came in as a replacement for Steyn, to add some teeth and variety to the bowling attack. Players like Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, and Faf Du Plessis needs to take responsibility in batting. Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir will lead the bowling line up.
Player To Watch Out For – Kagiso Rabada
West Indies have played with typical Caribbean flair and have been fearless in their approach – which also backfired in their last match. 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, barring the hosts. The team was very good against kangaroo’s too but couldn’t handle the last minute nerve and got defeated. It’s surprising to see that considering that they struggled to even qualify for the World Cup almost a year ago. Considering the way they’re going in the tournament, it’s not going to be easy for any team to get past them.
Player To Watch Out For – Andre Russell
The Rose Bowl in Southampton is a venue conducive to high scoring, but in the previous World Cup game here, between India and South Africa and it was a tough one for the batsmen and even 228-run chase turned out to be tough. The surface is likely to return to its true nature for this game and one can expect a run feast on Monday.
Probable Line Ups
South Africa – 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.
West Indies – Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell.
West Indies looks stronger when compare to Proteas but South Africans will be eager to register their first win of the tournament.