About the Match
West Indies triumphed in the second match against South Africa with a bang as they successfully chased down the highest total ever in a T20 match to win the series with one more match to go. The visitors led by Chris Gayle blasted away sixes and fours across the Wanderers’ ground to achieve a mammoth target of 232 runs with 4 balls to spare; the contest was fought tooth and nail by both sides and the Windies performed extremely well under pressure to redeem themselves after a poor show in the tests. The upcoming 3rd T20 between the two sides will be played on 14th Jan at Durban and although the result will have no bearing on the series, South Africa will definitely try to bounce back on Wednesday.
Faf du Plessis’ 119 off 56 was an extraordinary display of determination and captainship; however, his efforts went down in vain as the massive total of 231 runs that the batsmen set wasn’t enough to win the match against a rejuvenated Windies team. Rossouw, who had scored and unbeaten 51 runs in the last match coming in at No.4, couldn’t repeat his skills with the bat as the opener but David Miller came good with a well-made 47 runs before getting run-out. Ontong and Behardien are also in good form and can provide stability in the middle order; whereas Hendricks and Morne van Wyk need to step up their game to build a strong foundation. On the bowling front, David Wiese took 3 wickets and the others provided good support but they could hardly make a dent on Gayle and Samuels; even a superb total of 231 runs couldn’t be defended by the bowling squad and they will need to relook at their strategies to contain the hard-hitting Windies batsmen. Imran Tahir had taken 3 wickets in the first match but wasn’t lucky in the second game; they will need to execute their game plan to perfection if they want to score a face-saving win here.
Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels have been consistent in their performance in both matches and their ability to smash sixes and fours even while facing a massive target is their core strength. Gayle posted a heroic 90 off 41 while Samuels scored 60 runs; the duo put up an excellent 152-run partnership to go down in history as the first team to successfully chase the highest total in a T20 game. Sammy and Ramdin gave able support to take the team safely home; in the first T20 Smith also played well scoring a decent 20 off 26 balls but in the last game he could have performed much better. On the bowling front, Holder and Bravo took 2 wickets each but the others gave away too many runs and had no answer for Plessis’ shot selections. In the previous match, Cottrell, Holder and Russell had provided the wickets and helped restrict the Proteans to 165 runs, which the batsmen had achieved easily.
The skills and positivity of the West Indies team clearly makes them a result oriented side in the T20 format of the game; while they have won the series, they will ensure to continue with their winning momentum. However, after coming close to leveling the series, Plessis and his men failed to get through the gate. Gayle and Co. would love to deny that yet again and we think that West Indies will emerge triumphant once again.
West Indies, 1.80 @ Bet365
South African pitches have yielded two great games of Cricket with runs scored in both of those. Credit also goes to skills and consistency of the batsmen well supported by ordinary bowling. We expect it to be no different in Cape Town and expect a fifty to be scored, largely due to the excellent batting performance and average bowling displayed in the series so far.
A fifty to be scored in the match:
Yes, 1.33 @ Bet365
Faf du Plessis has performed brilliantly despite added responsibility of captaincy. He scored a quick and big hundred in the last game to take to score to 231. He bats at the top of the order which gives him ample opportunity to settle and score big. Due to the aorementioned facts, we think that Faf du Plessis will once again be the best South African batsman.
Top Team Batsmen - South Africa:
Faf du Plessis, 3.75 @ Bet365