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|Quinton de Kock||17||21||1||0||80.95|
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has certainly exceeded expectations as far as competition is concerned. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have been more competitive than they were expected to whereas the Proteas have lacked the discipline and application and are therefore languishing at the bottom of the points table. With three matches already gone, there are not many options for them to stay alive in the competition but to win their upcoming encounter. They next play against West Indies who too are coming off a heart-wrenching loss, but have done well on the whole. Windies are hovering in the middle of the table and a win here should put them in pretty good situations as far as qualifying for the playoffs is concerned. Considering that survival is at the stake for the Proteas, we think they are going to come hard in this upcoming encounter and it's going to be a cracker of a contest.
With three matches already done and dusted and Proteas struggling with injuries, the problems do not seem to end for them. Their premier pace bowler, Dale Steyn, has already been ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury and with Ngidi too struggling with fitness, their bowling is now left to be merely a shadow of what they were like coming into the tournament.
South Africa have so far lost three out of three matches played and another win here would need them to win all their remaining five matches so as to have even a mathematical chance to qualify. Their performance was downright poor in the first two matches in all the departments of the game, including fielding, but they would take heart from the way their bowlers went about their business against India.
Their batting, however, has been found struggling in all their matches. Twice they've succumbed to pressure while chasing whereas Indian bowlers got better of them in the third ODI. Barring Faf du Plessis, no batsmen has looked settled at the crease for them which is definitely a cause of concern for their management. The likes of Quinton de Kock, David Miller, and Hashim Amla would have to use their experience and bail them out of the trouble with a win in their upcoming fixture. One thing which is going for them is that they bat deep, but that could only be useful if their batsmen contribute something substantial.
With Tabraiz Shamsi not be as effective as they'd have wanted him to be and conditions likely to suit quicker bowlers, Beuaran Hendricks might be drafted into playing eleven. Apart from that, the Proteas are expected to continue with the same set of players they fielded in the last match.
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, RVD Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, B Hendricks.
West Indies played like themselves in the last match and they only have themselves to blame where they failed to draw two important points after being in control for the most part of the fixture. So far their quick bowlers have bowled like we used to see in the 70s and 80s era, their bowling in the middle overs has oozed mediocrity and lack of experience.
Despite posting above-average performance in the two matches, they've done reasonably well up until now and would be happier of the two sides coming into the upcoming match. Their batsmen have done well with Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, and Nicholas Pooran being amongst the runs. Having said that, they all have failed to take responsibility of taking them through which was apparent against Australia as well.
West Indies have played with typical Caribbean flair and have been fearless in their approach - which also backfired in their last match. The likes of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis can be devastating at the top and with Andre Russell available to bat at number seven, they bat as deep as any side in the tournament, barring the hosts.
While their batting has taken all the credit much largely due to the flamboyance and the fearless attitude, their bowlers have been unsung heroes for them in both the matches. They first restricted Pakistan to a total which their batsmen would chase down 99 times out of 100 on any surface on the world. In their second game, they reduced the Australians to 79 for 5, before they released the string and allowed Australia to claw back.
All in all, West Indies have so far looked like a lethal outfit which can get past even the best in the business on their day. It's surprising to see that considering that they struggled to even qualify for the World Cup almost a year ago. Considering the way they're going in the tournament, it's not going to be easy for any team to get past them.
Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
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The last two years have been pretty contrasting for both the sides. While the Proteas have gone downhill in ODI Cricket ever since the retirement of AB De Villiers, West Indies have just started to find their space in limited-overs cricket. They have the experience at their disposal in the form of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell along with a pretty decent set of talented youngsters. They may have lost their previous match, but they pushed the Australians hard and will definitely be more confident of the two sides. Comparing two teams man to man, South Africa are definitely better on paper with experience available right through. With a strong motivation to survive in the tournament and having plenty of experience behind them, the Proteas are better placed to emerge on top in the upcoming encounter, only slightly though.
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