World Cup 2019: South Africa aspires to outshine mighty West Indies

Aliha Ejaz

SOUTHAMPTON: The Proteas will be facing invincible Windies today at Hampshire Bowl in Southampton at 2:30 pm (PST).

The Proteas have suffered a tragic start to the tournament by losing all of their opening matches, including a surprise loss against Bangladesh.

In the previous three matches, South African batsmen were at best 'ordinary' while their bowlers weren’t up to the mark. Analysts believe that the team have to play as a cohesive unit to defeat Windies.

There are high chances that South Africa will be eliminated if it loses its next game. 

Meanwhile, West Indies, have got the upper hand as their entire team comprises of match-winners. These T20 specialists appear to have learned the art of playing ODI cricket, which has made them quite the underdogs of this competition.

The mighty West Indies celebrating their win against Australia. Photo: file.  

With Andre Russel, Shai Hope, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, and Nicholas Pooran in their batting order, no target will be safe against the Windies.

The match will be played at 2:30 pm (PST) 10:30 am (Local time).

South Africa vs West Indies ODI Stats:

Head to head matches: 61

South Africa won: 44

West Indies won: 15

Tied: 1

Highest total: 439/2 by South Africa in 2015

Lowest total: 54 by West Indies in 2004

Most wickets: SM Pollock (SA) 44 wickets

Most runs: JH Kallis (SA) 1666 runs in 40 matches played

West Indies squad for World Cup 2019: Jason Holder (capt), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.

South Africa’s squad for World Cup 2019: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, *Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen.