09 Jun 2019
South Africa vs Windies: Preview, pitch report and TV listing
While Windies are off to a good start, winning one and losing another, South Africa are still in the search for their opening win.
This match is important for both these teams.
Meanwhile, we present the preview.
Both teams lost their last match
South Africa and Windies are coming off a loss in their previous match, against India and Australia, respectively.
South Africa lost to India by six wickets as they lost two crucial points for it. They are currently placed in the ninth spot.
Meanwhile, Windies succumbed to Australia by 15 runs, as the former witnessed a collapse at the death.
Chris Morris, Shai Hope among players to watch out for
As for the players, South Africa's Chris Morris would be important, while pacer Kagiso Rabada has a task at hand.
Further, it would be interesting to see if Imran Tahir can make an impact with his deadly spin.
As for Windies, the onus would once again be upon wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope and skipper Jason Holder, along with opener Chris Gayle.
Can South Africa take advantage of the psychological edge?
In the World Cup to date, both the teams have met six times, as South Africa have scripted four wins, while Windies have two.
In their two ODIs in England, Windies have won once and the other was a tie.
Overall, both the teams have clashed 61 times in ODIs to date, with South Africa scripting 44 wins, while Windies have pocketed 15 victories.
A sporting track awaits the fans
So far, there has only been a match at this venue in this tournament, which saw an average total being posted.
Although the track saw a high-scoring game prior to the World Cup, it is likely to remain sporty.
Anything around 300 would be challenging.
Therefore, the team winning the toss would ideally like to bowl first, as it becomes easy to bat second.
Here's the predicted XI for both the sides
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Windies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wicket-keeper), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (captain), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
When, where and how to watch?
Match: South Africa vs West Indies
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Time: 3:00 PM IST
Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1, 2, Select 1 and other regional languages channels of Star Sports.
Where to watch (Online): Hotstar