ICC World Cup 2015: South Africa vs West Indies Preview

Pavan Suresh / 26 February 2015

After a convincing win over Zimbabwe, West Indies will have an important match against South Africa on the 27th February at Sydney. The match will start at 9.00 AM IST. West Indies won the previous match by 73 runs while South Africa lost their previous match against India by 130 runs.

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Team Guide –

West Indies

West Indies team has a good batting unit. Gayle fired big time who scored 215 runs. Dwyane Smith is also a good batsman and needs to score runs. With Bravo being out for the next two matches of the World Cup Carter will retain its place; Marlon Samuels also scored a century. Apart from Lendlon Simmons, Ramdin have done well.

Russell and Sammy are players who have done well. Russell did a great job against Pakistan who scored 42 off 13 balls. In the bowling front Taylor, Holder, Russell, Sammy and Benn need to bowl well if they have contain the batting order of Zimbabwe. The West Indies team must play well if they have beat South Africa.

South Africa

South Africa have a excellent batting line up. They have Amla and Quniton De Kock at the top, followed by DU Plesis, explosive De Villiers, Duminy and Miller. In the previous match against India the batting flopped and conceded 307 runs and finally lost the match. The bowling will depend upon Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Parnell and Tahir. With Philander out of this match due to an injury they might bring in Kyle Abbott in the squad.


Previous World Cup Encounters

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, South Africa won by 7 wickets
ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, South Africa won by 8 wickets
ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, West Indies won by 3 runs
ICC Cricket World Cup 1996, West Indies won by 19 runs
ICC Cricket World Cup 1992, South Africa won by 64 runs

Team News

With West Indies with 4 points beating Pakistan and Zimbabwe they will be looking to gain momentum against the South African team. South Africa will look to bounce back with commanding performance. South Africa was in red hot form against the West Indies in One day International series winning 4-1. The real test for West Indies is against South Africa.

Key Players to watch out for – 

West Indies: Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle who smashed a double ton against Zimbabwe set up a big win for the Windies. Gayle survived an early lbw appeal, played slowly and then cashed on the bowling which looked out of ideas. With the likes of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, and Kyle Abbott as the bowlers, Gayle must survive against them which will be his biggest challenge.

South Africa: AB De Villiers

Ab de Villiers the captain of the team has to lead from the front and take South Africa to a victory against West Indies. De Villers played a good little knock of 30 but was run out that led to the defeat of South Africa. His record against West Indies in the recent times is great and also scored the fastest century in One day International cricket. South Africa can hope that De Villers fire in full flow and help South Africa gain two important points. 



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