About the Match
The much anticipated tri-nation series between West Indies, South Africa and Australia will begin this month, with the first tie between West Indies and South Africa scheduled to be held on 3rd June at Providence. While the Windies struggle with their team rebuild, the visitors will have to shape their squads so as to suit the Caribbean conditions; the warm-up matches have surely helped the teams to get geared up for the month long tournament and the team that can rise above its weaknesses will be better placed to win the opening match on Friday.
The batting line-up consists of in-form players like Carlos Brathwaite, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo. Jason Holder brings his all-rounder skills to the table long with others like Jonathan Carter and Brathwaite, who can help keep the scoreboard ticking and also provide breakthroughs with wickets when needed.
The spin bowling by Sunil Narine and Sulieman Benn can cause trouble for the opponents, who are yet to get acquainted with these conditions here; speedsters like Jerome Taylor, Jason Holder, Andre Fletcher and Shannon Gabriel will lead the pace attack while others like Ashley Nurse, Samuels and Pollard bring variety to the squad.
Overall, this is a young side since many stalwarts are absent from action but they have good talent to overcome challenges posed by the Proteans; they have proven themselves in the World Cup recently and will try to bring in the same commitment to lift the title here.
South Africa is a well stabilized team with expert batsmen like the classy AB de Villiers, who grabbed headlines all through the IPL for his fiery performance, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla and JP Duminy, who are all in good form with the bat. Farhaan Behardien and Rilee Russouw provide depth to the batting line-up and they have plenty of all-rounders who can pull out tricks to stun the opposition.
Imran Tahir will lead the spin attack while Aaron Phangiso, Tabraiz Shamsi and JP Duminy can assist him in providing quick breakthroughs. Kagiso Rabada has done well in all formats of the game and has emerged as a result-oriented fast bowler; Kyle Abbott brings years of experience to the team along with Morne Morkel and with others like Wayne Parnell and Morris, the Proteans have a solid pace combination that can help them dominate here.
South Africa has a well-balanced team with hard-hitting batsmen and clever bowlers; they will need to quickly adapt to the conditions here and execute the strategy to perfection against the hosts.
While the Windies have the home advantage, they are yet to gel well as a team and give their best; South Africa, on the other hand has experienced match-winners, who make it a formidable force to reckon with under any situation. The contest between the Caribbean quickies and Protean batsmen could well go down to the wire but we feel South Africa has the edge to emerge victorious here