About the Match
After India’s spectacular victory over West Indies in Group B, the upcoming game on June 14th at between South Africa and West Indies becomes the most important game of the group. The equation is pretty simple: the winner of this game makes it to the semifinals while the loser flies back to home. Both the teams have won Champions Trophy once. South Africa won the inaugural Champions Trophy while the Caribbean team won it in 2004. The weather at Cardiff isn’t looking pleasing and in case the rain has the final say, South Africa will progress, thanks to their better net run rate. In any case, it would be a game full of emotions and thrill with so much at stake.
West Indies has secured two points in Group B and is currently placed at third spot with net run rate separating them from South Africa who is placed at second place. West Indies hasn’t played the kind of Cricket they are known for. Their bowling was superb in the first game, but they just managed to chase a small total. In the second game against India, their batting didn’t improve at all and their bowling experienced steep downfall. Their bowlers were taken apart by Indian batsmen and their sluggish fielding didn’t help the bowlers. Darren Sammy played well with the bat and Johnson Charles was good too. Chris Gayle looked phenomenal during his short stay. West Indies is a colorful team and if Gayle gets going, South Africa would be looking at a colossal target.
After their loss to India in their first group game, South Africa has bounced back strongly and registered a big win over Pakistan. Now that Dale Steyn has recovered from injury and he will make his way back into the team, their bowling is now looking stronger and sharper. Hashim Amla looked solid in his innings and AB de Villiers looked brilliant before he was run out. With de Plessis and David Miller, they have the players to give impetus to the innings whenever required. They bat deep and most importantly score quickly. If South Africa keeps its current form going, they are going to be a threat not only for West Indies, but also the teams the they meet in knockout stages if they qualify.
So far, Chris Gayle hasn’t been able to carry his IPL success in the national outfit. West Indies’ batting has looked out of sorts and they’d be looking to make amends to it. South Africa has improved vastly particularly in the bowling department. Sunil Narine would be a key factor against mighty batting lineup of The Proteas and a lot would depend on his spell. Dale Steyn will make is way back into the side and he would certainly make Chris Gayle upfront. Considering the overall teams on paper, their recent form and improvements, the men from South Africa are looking to be firm favorites.
South Africa, 1.67 @ William Hill
West Indies openers have done well separately, but the pair together has failed to deliver. South African openers have done well and looked good against a lethal Pakistani bowling attack. South Africa’s opening bowling attack looks sharper than that of West Indies’ and I think the opening partnership of South African pair is going to outscore the openers of the Caribbean team.
South Africa, 1.80 @ William Hill