Cricket: West Indies vs South Africa
3rd T20 International, Grenada
29th June 2021
With the series tied at 1-1 it promises to be an enthralling 3rd T20 international between West Indies and South Africa in Grenada. With the Proteas having blitzed their hosts in the test series, the West Indies would have been pleased to put their first win on the board in the first T20, but South Africa hit back to take the second game and the series looks to be there for the taking for both sides.
When it comes to enigmatic sports teams, few fit the bill as the West Indies. The continual changes at administration and captaincy level make it difficult for West Indies to develop any consistency but they look to be building for the future with their team selection here.
In the T20 arena however, the Windies have notoriously performed very well with the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Keiron Pollard having operated at the very top of the game for the past decade or so.
All three men play important roles in the current set up along with the likes of Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder – making the West Indies side very well balanced across all three disciplines in the cut and thrust of T20 cricket.
The Proteas are also in the midst of a transitional period in test cricket and are now being led by Temba Bavuma in the shortest format of the game. Faf du Plessis has stepped away from international arena, leaving the door open for a new generation of South African players – who will be looking to impress here.
Rassie van der Dussen and Reeza Hendricks have all been exposed to top level international cricket and now need to start making scores in the T20 arena, to help propel South Africa higher than their 6th placed standing in the ICC T20 Rankings.
Quinton de Kock is talismanic with both the bat and the gloves for South Africa whilst the bowling department is buoyed by the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje – with pace looking to be the order of the day for South Africa too.
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Few all-rounders in world cricket possess the skill set Jason Holder does and with the reins off in T20 cricket, he can be devastating with both bat and ball in hand.
Quinton de Kock is prolific across all three formats for South Africa and his ability to score quickly can be devastating in T20 cricket and there were flickers in the last game he was finding form once more.
Andre Russell is an all-rounder in the complete from, but his bowling is particularly difficult to get hold of in T20 cricket and his aggressive line can make him very difficult to play against.
This series has been very tightly contested, with both sides having won one game each with a collection of mixed recent performances. In home conditions, the West Indies have picked up some very creditable results of late but South Africa appear to have the momentum with them in the series and they look good value to go 2-1 up in the 5-match contest here.