Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Date: Tuesday, October 26
South Africa – 1/1
West Indies – 8/10
South Africa and West Indies started the ICC T20 World Cup campaign with defeats to Australia and England respectively at the weekend and they will be looking to bounce back when they meet on Tuesday.
During their opening match defeats, they were both poor in the batting department with the Proteas only managing to score 118 as their top order collapsed with Aiden Markram top scoring with 40.
The Windies were even more disappointing with the bat as they were easily skittled for a below par score of 55 after 14.2 overs by England who had no problems winning the match by six wickets in just 8.2 overs with Aduil Rashid taking four wickets.
Proteas think tank of coach Mark Boucher and captain Temba Bavuma will be hoping that the order that Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller are on top of their game against the Windies.
In the five wickets loss to Australia, Markram and lower order batter Kagiso Rabada were the only notable scorers with 40 and 19 runs respectively and they will have to show a markedly improved performance against the Windies.
Though the batters failed to cover themselves on glory, the bowling department of Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj and Dwaine Pretorius did their best with ball in hand as they pushed the Aussies to the last over of the match despite defending a poor total.
Without a doubt, their scorecard in the loss to England made for sorry reading as it was only Chris Gayle who reached double figures and the defending champions will have to improve if they want to register their first win of the tournament.
To get back their campaign on track, the West Indies are going to need their long batting line-up of Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmeyer Dwayne Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Kieran Pollard and Andre Russell to be on form.
They will be against the South African bowling attack of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj and Dwaine Pretorius, or whoever is going to be introduced to the team in case of changes, who were impressive in the loss to Australia.
Difficult to call but it a game with potential to be thrilling given the international stars that will be on show and what is at stake a second defeat for either team will put their chances of progressing to the knockout stages slim.
The Indies are going to once again rely on their long batting line-up which extends up to number eight on the order while the Proteas strong point of their bowling which has the top ranked T20 bowler in the world in the form of Tabraiz Shamsi.