South Africa square off against West Indies in the 1st ODI of three match ODI series on Thursday, March 16th at East London. The battle of two teams with the World Cup Super League points up for grabs. Welcome to South Africa vs West Indies Match Preview and SA vs WI Dream11 Prediction.
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South Africa Preview
South Africa after a series whitewash in the test series are without their main players in the ODI series. Temba Bavuma had a rough time as captain in One Day Internationals over the past year. He will looking to make a comeback against the Windis.
Ryan Rickelton, Lizaad Williams, Gerald Coetzee and Bjorn Fortuin get their call ups for the ODI series on back of their impressive performances in the recently concluded SAT20 league. Tabraiz Shamsi and Marco Jensen are included in the squad for injured Keshav Maharaj & Wiann Mulder. Sisanda Magala has split his finger during the practice session. Andile Phehlukwayo battling with lower back pain is listed as probable for tomorrow’s game.
The series also marks the first ODI series that South Africa will be part of in 2023 and preparation for the ODI world cup later in the year begins with the series. A lot to think for Bavuma as captain with youngsters getting chances the Proteas will look to find their right combination on the road to World Cup.
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South Africa are ranked 9th in the World Cup Super League. Proteas need wins to avoid playing the qualifier tournment and will be aiming for direct qualification to the ODI World Cup.
“You want to keep that good thing going. But you can’t ignore the fact that this is a big year from a 50-over point of view. That’s the main priority.”Temba Bavuma
West Indies Preview
West Indies after their loss in the two match test series will aim to win the ODI series. After Nicholas Pooran resigned as ODI captain Shai Hope takes over as West Indies captain. Kacy Carty, Yannic Cariah are the two new players part of the squad.
West Indies are ranked 8th in the World Cup Super League and their qualification depends on how they perform in the series against South Africa. A loss against South Africa will see them once again playing the qualifier tournament alongside Zimbabwe.
Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope, Nicolas Pooran are the key batters for West Indies. Alzarri Joseph and Jason Holder will lead the team’s bowling attack in the series. Rovman Powell will be the team’s vice captain for the ODI series.
“The qualifiers are just down the road but the main focus for now is the South Africa series. We definitely need to qualify for the World Cup. Everything we do now is geared towards that.”Shai Hope
Match: South Africa (SA) vs West Indies (WI), 1st ODI
Venue: Buffalo Park, East London
Date & Time: Thursday, March 16th @4:30 PM IST
Live Streaming: Fan Code
The forecast suggest 80% rain and this could impact the pitch conditions with the drainage system being really poor. Pacers get assistance on this track and teams have struggled to score at Buffalo Park. In the last five games played on this track no team has scored more than 300 runs.
Average 1st innings score in ODI’s at Buffalo Park: 226 Runs.
South Africa vs West Indies H2H record in ODI’s
South Africa hold a huge lead against West Indies when it comes to head to head record. In 62 ODI matches played between the two teams, the Proteas won 44 times while West Indies won 15 times. The other three matches resulted in no contest.
SA vs WI Probable Playing XI
South Africa (SA): Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, Tristan Stubbs, Bjorn Fortuin, Sisanda Magala, Andile Phehlukwayo, Wayne Parnell, Tabraiz Shamsi, Gerald Coetzee.
West Indies (WI): Shai Hope (captain), Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran (wicketkeeper), Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph.
South Africa vs West Indies Match Prediction
We back South Africa to win the 1st ODI against West Indies at Buffalo Park, East London. The odds favoring South Africa to win the is 1,17, while the odds favoring West Indies to win the game is 6.00.
SA vs WI Dream11 Prediction: Top Fantasy Picks
Wicketkeeper: Quinton de Kock, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran
Batsmen: Tristan Stubbs, Rovman Powell, Reeza Hendricks,
All-rounders: Jason Holder, Wayne Parnell, Kayle Mayers
Bowlers: Alzarri Joesph, Tabraiz Shamsi