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It’s make or break for South Africa now. Having lost each of their first 3 fixtures, du Plessis’ men appear down in the dumps, and look to be heading towards an early exit. But stranger things have happened. That is what SA will cling on to, at least, when they run into West Indies, a game they hope will be the beginning of their revival. For starters, South Africa have been batting JP Duminy at the completely wrong position. He is no more a finisher than Kohli is a speedster. And then there’s the bowling conundrum. Shamsi was ordinary in the previous game, and may just make way for Hendricks. One ray of sunshine for the Proteas, however, is the form of Rassie van der Dussen. The newbie has shown that he belongs to the world stage, and would be keen to continue his good run.
West Indies don’t have too much to worry about. A massive victory followed by a narrow loss means that the team is still in good spirits. And they have their bowlers to thanks, who’ve put their heart, soul, and quite literally, body, into their bowling. On Monday, the Windies pacers will once again look to bounce out their opposition. Their batting has been fluent enough, with Gayle, Hope and Holder amongst the runs. The others will expect to find their touch as the tournament progresses.
Weather and Pitch conditions: Some amount of rain may be around initially, but it is expected to recede as the day progresses. The pitch, like almost any other, is a juicy 22 yards, and will have the batsmen licking their lips. Spinners will find some purchase as well.
Probable Playing XIs:
South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmeyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, Ashley Nurse
Winner prediction: South Africa