About the Match
West Indies clinched a thrilling victory against Australia by chasing down 266 runs to garner 8 points; they are placed 2nd on the table and will take on South Africa, who have 5 points, on 15th June at Basseterre. The Proteas won the game against Australia but suffered defeat against the same team in the very next match; they had earlier lost the opening game against West Indies too but will be eager to register a much-needed win here. It needs to be seen if the Windies will keep their winning momentum going or the Proteas manage to dominate on the field.
Samuels spearheaded the chase against Australia to help gun down a 266-run target with ease; his brilliant 92 off 87 was studded with 4 powerful sixes and 8 boundaries, which is a good sign for the team. Charles put up another good performance as he scored a quick fire 48 from 38 deliveries while Darren Bravo, Ramdin and Fletcher contributed well to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Earlier, speedsters Holder, Brathwaite and Pollard took 2 wickets each to stifle the opposition while Sunil Narine continued with his spin brilliance. Along with Benn and Taylor, the Windies have a solid bowling squad that can outwit the Proteans too. In the previous contest against South Africa, Narine had stunned the visitors with a marvellous 6-27 and he will yet again try to exploit their weaknesses.
The batting has tremendously improved and their win against Australia would surely have boosted the team morale; with a well-balance team of experienced batsmen and result-oriented bowlers, West Indies surely seems to be a formidable force to reckon with on home turf.
The Proteas failed to chase down a competitive 289 runs against Australia in the last game after a superb show by top-order batsmen Amla and Plessis, who scored 60+ runs each to steady the innings. While AB de Villiers tried to keep the scoreboard ticking along with JP Duminy, the others down the line couldn’t keep the momentum up and lost the match by 36 runs. Spinners Imran
Tahir and Phangiso took 3 wickets between them while speedsters Rabada, Abbott and Parnell took a wicket each on regular intervals; however, the batting line-up collapse led to the failure.
Prior to the recent defeat, they had tasted success against the Aussies thanks to a phenomenal show by the bowlers who defended a lowly total of 189 runs. Rabada was sensational claiming 3-13 in 7 overs while Tahir, Phangiso and Parnell took 2 scalps each to stifle the opponents and help win the match by 47 runs. While the bowlers have more than doing their job, the batsmen need to pull up their socks and come out with a better performance whether batting first or during chase.
They have fallen easy prey to spin expert Narine before and will need to be cautious in their approach here; Rilee Rossouw is out due to injury and this has caused some hiccups but stalwarts like AB de Villiers, Amla, Plessis and Duminy will need to stabilize the innings and help them make a comeback here.
West Indies is on a high after staging a comeback performance against Australia but we feel that South Africa with its in-form bowling unit and a determined batting side will keep a cool head above its shoulders to emerge victorious on Wednesday