West Indies will face off against South Africa in the third T20 of Africa’s tour of West Indies. The series is currently tied at 1-1, with three games left to go. It should be a good hard-fought encounter between the two sides. A cricket prediction for this game would be quite tough, though the visitors have been the better side overall so far.
After winning the first match by eight wickets, Kieron Pollard and company were grounded in the second as they faced a 16-run loss. They couldn’t chase down 166 runs. Their batting order right from Chris Gayle to Jason Holder failed miserably, six players recording single-digit scores. However, in the loss, Pollard would see the silver lining in an explosive 12-ball 34 run cameo played by Fabian Allen. With the ball, Jason Holder, Kevin Sinclair and Obed McCoy did well. It should be a good cricket match if the hosts show up.
West Indies squad: Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Obed McCoy, Kevin Sinclair, Lendl Simmons, Fidel Edwards
Temba Bavuma’s South Africa has got a much-needed boost in the second T20. Their bowlers managed to defend 166 runs against an explosive Windies lineup. Kagiso Rabada did pick three wickets, including the prized ones of Fletcher and Gayle, but the star of Africa’s bowling attack was George Linde. The left-arm orthodox dismissed Andre Russell and Nicholas Pooran and gave away only 19 runs in his quota.
Earlier, South Africa reached 166 after Quinton De Kock and Reeza Hendricks put up a 73-run opening stand. Bavuma played a handy 46-run knock.
South Africa squad: Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Lizaad Williams, Beuran Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Wiaan Mulder, Kyle Verreynne, Janneman Malan
South Africa and West Indies have faced each other 10 times in The Porteas have won 6 matches and the Windies have emerged victorious on 4 occasions.
The series stands at 1-1, with both the teams showing toughness in the first two games. How much ever the second T20 loss might’ve hurt the West Indies, Pollard in the back of his head must know that he has the stronger side and home conditions favoring him. The match should be won by the Windies once they tackle South Africa’s bowling attack well.
Date and Time:
Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 3:30 PM IST
National Cricket Stadium, Grenada