About the Match
After winning the test series against West Indies and retaining their number one test spot in the ICC rankings, South Africa gets geared up for the limited overs T20 and ODI series against the visitors, with the 1st T20 match scheduled to be held on 9th Jan at Cape Town. South Africa has shown tremendous strength in all departments of the game and the team has gelled well as a unit; West Indies on the other hand need to innovate and come up with match-winning solutions to avenge their test defeat. It will be interesting to see both sides stabilizing their squads for the upcoming World Cup challenge and take on each other with all their might.
Faf du Plessis will lead the side that consists of players like JP Duminy, David Miller, Justin Ontong, Rilee Rossouw and Morne van Wyk, who make up a solid batting line-up for this format of the game. Bowlers Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, the young Kagiso Rabada and Charl Langeveldt are in very good form and will provide depth and variety to the bowling attack. All-rounders Kyle Abbott, Merchant de Lange, Reeza Hendricks, Farhaan Behardien and David Wiese are great assets to the team; the South African contingent has many talented players who have the match-winning abilities and can give a stiff challenge to the visitors. Plessis has excelled with the bat during the test series and displays a lot of confidence in his mates as he prepares to shine at the helm once again. The team has worked very hard to develop youngsters for the T20 and ODI formats and they will grab this opportunity to polish their skills before the start of the World Cup tournament.
T20 specialist Chris Gayle is part of the team and Darren Sammy will lead the side comprising of batsmen Denesh Ramdin, Carlos Brathwaite, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Smith. Ramdin, Smith and Samuels have been performing well as seen in the test series and will add stability to the innings with Gayle at the forefront of the batting line-up. Bowlers Sulieman Benn, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard have been consistent with the wickets and can be a deadly attack if they can work cohesively as per the strategy. The team has many all-rounders who can help keep the scoreboard ticking and pick up a few wickets too; Darren Sammy will need to lead from the front and inspire his mates to do well here. After suffering test defeat, West Indies need to prove themselves in the limited overs format if they want to mentally toughen up for the challenges ahead.
South Africa has a strong and proven team that can overcome any kind of challenge thrown at them; the West Indies might be on the back foot here, playing away from home, but they too have talented players who can win matches single-handedly. While the contest will surely go down to the wire, we feel that South Africa with the home advantage is better placed to win the match.
South Africa, 1.70 @ Bet365
Both teams have powerful strikrs of the cricket ball as well as ones who can apply themselves and maneuver the ball in early stages and explode in the slog overs. Considering this fact and nature of the pitch, the high scoring game is expected. Therefore, a fifty in the match is certainly on the cards.
A fifty to be scored in the match:
Yes, 1.30 @ Bet365