Due to poor performances in the opening matches, South Africa and defending champions West Indies will be eager to win when they face each other in a Super 12 match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai on Tuesday. Australia handed South Africa a five-wicket defeat, while West Indies lost by six wickets to England on Saturday.
Both teams need to improve their batting if they want to get any points from their match. They both struggled to score runs when they were asked to bat by the opponent. England made mighty West Indies fall for just 55 runs in the first match, while South Africa managed 118 runs in 20 overs.
South Africa's problem has been a glaring one in recent games; it appeared again in their opening clash. They lost too many wickets too early. Thus, they could not overcome this.
The Proteas lost wickets in clusters of three while Markram held on to his wicket at the other end. David Miller didn't have a good game, and this severely limited his ability to score runs; the inexperienced middle order didn't help their team's chances either.
South Africa got most things right with the ball, which made the run-chase tight. World No.1 bowler Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj were able to keep the runs in the middle overs down, while Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje got crucial wickets early.
During the game against England, West Indies was undone by the spinners. The Proteas will count on Shamsi and Maharaj to win them the game. South Africa will have a psychological advantage going into the clash because they previously defeated the West Indies at home. The West Indies will have to regroup fast after their disaster campaign opener.
Based on previous matches, the two-time champions will have to rethink their batting approach against South Africa.
Besides the veteran Gayle, none of the players were able to reach double-digit scores. West Indies lost nine of their ten wickets trying to hit a four or a six. After early strikes, the batsmen seemed to forget that rotating the strike was important when boundaries were difficult to come by. However, the fact remains that their batting line-up is studded with proven match-winners who can take the game away at any given point. The bowling department made the run chase as difficult as possible, while the fielding was also top-notch. Hosein was the most effective bowler, with two wickets in four overs at better than a run-a-ball.
The West Indies have a -3.970 net run rate at the moment in the 2021 T20 World Cup, which could come into play towards the end of the group stage. We have included today playing 11, today match pitch report, today weather report, today's match prediction, and fantasy cricket tips.
South Africa and West Indies have played a total of 15 T20Is against each other. South Africa has won nine, while West Indies have won six games. South Africa has won the WI vs SA head to head battle.
South Africa playing 11
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
West Indies playing 11
Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Obed McCoy, Ravi Rampaul
You can pick Aiden Markram or Evin Lewis as the captain of the today T20 match. You can select Kagiso Rabada or Akeal Hosein as the vice-captain of the T20 World Cup match.
The WI vs SA T20 WC match will take place at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. The pitch at Dubai in the IPL has been favorable for batsmen, and this is expected to be the same for this clash between South Africa and West Indies.
For the Pacers, they might be able to get some assistance from the middle overs, but it's important for the spinners to dictate play in the early stages. It will be a day game, and hence, dew will not play a huge role.
The temperature of Dubai will be about 33° Celcius on October 26 during the day and will fall to 25° Celcius at night. It will be a clear, dry day with a 5% chance of rain. The humidity will be about 52%.
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