About the Match
With 2 points on board from two matches played so far, South Africa gears up to face the might of the West Indies team which is placed second on the table with 4 points, on 27th Feb at Sydney. The Windies have shown a complete turnaround in their attitude and performance with two back to back wins against Pakistan and Zimbabwe after a dismal start against Ireland. The Proteas on the other hand suffered a setback to their morale with their loss against India and will try to revive their campaign here.
The batting line-up choked during the run chase of 307 against India, leading to their defeat by a massive 130 runs; while AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis put up a 68-run stand for the 3rd wicket, the others down the order couldn’t withstand the pressure. Earlier, Amla had tried to build the innings but Quinton gave away his wicket too early; the likes of David Miller and Duminy, who had posted a brilliant 256-run 5th wicket partnership against Zimbabwe, couldn’t repeat their performance here. It was a collective failure as the fielders dropped catches and wickets came sparsely against India; they had survived a scare against Zimbabwe but India got the better of them to demolish their famed pace attack. Dale Steyn got a wicket giving away 55 runs but it wasn’t enough while Parnell was punished for the lack of discipline; Morkel claimed 2-59 and Tahir got a wicket too but they couldn’t make a dent on India. They will have to pull up their socks, especially against batsmen like Chris Gayle, and go back to their winning ways if they want to move ahead in their campaign.
Chris Gayle’s thunderous 215 off 147 balls gave a thumping win to West Indies against Zimbabwe by 73 runs and he has silenced his critics with this superb performance. Batting first, Gayle and Samuels posted a marvellous 372-run stand after losing Smith in the very first over; they powered 19 sixes and 21 fours to make mincemeat of the Zimbabwean bowlers and put up the challenging total, which the bowlers led by Holder and Taylor defended with precision. Gayle brought out his all-rounder skills by picking up 2 crucial wickets to demolish the opponent’s chances; while Miller and Samuels also claimed a wicket each to get Zimbabwe all-out for 289 runs. Against Pakistan too, it was a rounded effort by all players as they defended a well-made total of 310 runs and got the opponents all out for just 160; their big victory by 150 runs just proved how dangerous this side can be once they make up their mind to play hard. Russell, Taylor and Holder are coming out with full firepower while Gayle’s return to form will surely be a morale booster for the team; overall, this team packs a punch which can knock out the toughest sides in the tournament provided they can continue with their winning momentum.
While South Africa will bring out all the tricks in the bag to outsmart the Windies and make a comeback, we feel that West Indies which is riding high on a wave of enthusiasm and positivity will fire away from the start to dominate the Proteas, but South Africa's experience will match their experience and win the upcoming match on Friday.Winner:
South Africa, 1.30 @ Bet365