SA vs WI Dream11 AFTER TOSS: The 18th game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is scheduled to be played between South Africa and West Indies on 26 October (Tuesday) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. While talking about the standings of these two teams in Group 1 of the tournament, South Africa are placed at the fourth slot while West Indies are languishing at the bottom of the points table.
Both these sides are coming into this match after witnessing quite similar fortunes unfold in their previous matches in the ongoing edition of the tournament. South Africa suffered a heartening 5-wicket defeat against Australia in their first match in the ongoing competition. On the other hand, West Indies got off to a poor start in their T20 World Cup campaign having witnessed a convincing 6-wicket loss at the hands of England.
The defending champions West Indies team are slotted at the 9th spot in the ICC T20I Rankings with 234 rating and 6792 points. On the other hand, South Africa occupies the 5th position with a total of 7489 points. In the 15 T20I matches played between these two sides, South Africa have always dominated with as many as 9 wins while West Indies have emerged victorious on 6 occasions. Both South Africa and West Indies have lost one match each in the T20 World Cup 2021.
Fixture Name: Match 18, South Africa vs West Indies
Competition: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
Date: 26 October
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Ground: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Pitch Report: The wicket at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium is once again expected to offer pretty competitive conditions that will have enough help for the batters as well as bowlers. Both the fast bowlers and spinners will get some great amount of assistance from this wicket especially because this is a afternoon game. However, the dew factor will play an important role in the second innings. Therefore, bowling first will be a safe option on this track where the average first innings total will be 150-160.
Toss Update: South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl first.
It will be a calculative move to pick a mixed combination of West Indies and South Africa players in your respective dream fantasy cricket teams. Since it is the starting stages of the T20 World Cup, it will be a good decision to include more of batters to increase the chances of winning big contests. The likes of Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Anrich Nortje, Aiden Markram and Tabraiz Shamsi remain the must pick players for this exciting contest.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Nicholas Pooran
BATTERS: Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer
ALL-ROUNDERS: Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard
BOWLERS: Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Akeal Hosein
South Africa will definitely have the upper hand in this exciting contest against West Indies. The Temba Bavuma-led South African side have a pretty balanced side of some really good batters and bowlers with which they almost got the better of Australia in a low-scoring encounter. On the other hand, defending champions West Indies will be eyeing to put up an improved performance in this match and they will be a fearless side once again.
The South African side will want to come up with a better effort both with the bat and ball as they have performed in the last few T20I games. The duo of Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram have performed really well in the opening department and they will have the support of Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller and Temba Bavuma. In the bowling department, Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will once again be crucial with the ball.
For South Africa, Aiden Markram will have to play an important role in this batting line-up especially in the absence of Quinton de Kock. Markram smashed a crucial knock of 40 runs off 36 balls in the last game against Australia. The right-handed batter has performed impressively well in limited-overs cricket in the recent few months. He has notched up a total of 466 runs in 16 T20I games at an excellent strike-rate of more than 140.
South Africa’s pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada have delivered brilliant performance in limited-overs cricket in the last two years. He picked up the crucial wicket of David Warner in the previous game against Australia. Rabada has taken a total of 42 wickets from 36 T20I matches. He has an excellent average of 26.62 and a fine economy of 8.59. The Proteas speedster will be hoping to pick regular wickets in this match as well.
SA Playing 11 (Confirmed)
Rassie van der Dussen
Defending champions West Indies will be aiming to gain some important confidence both with the bat and ball after that disappointing loss against England. The likes of Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer and Kieron Pollard will have to take the responsibility in the batting department and they will be looking to be amongst the runs on consistent basis. On the other hand, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Ravi Rampaul and Akeal Hosein will have to play an important role with the ball.
West Indies’ swashbuckling opener Evin Lewis had a brilliant performance both in the Indian Premier League 2021 season and Caribbean Premier League. The left-handed batter has an excellent record in the shortest format of the game. Lewis has smacked more than 1300 runs while playing in a total of 46 T20Is at an amazing strike-rate of 157.81. He has also scored 9 half-centuries and 2 hundreds with a highest score of 125.
For West Indies, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is quite an experienced campaigner in the shortest format of the game. He is still the leading wicket-taker in the history of the T20 format having picked up more than 550 wickets. Bravo has taken as many as 76 wickets from 87 T20I games at an impressive economy of 8.09. The right-arm pacer has the ability to keep control on the scoring-rate in the middle-overs and picking regular wickets at the death.
WI Playing 11 (likely)
Watch the South Africa vs West Indies ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 match Live score and streaming on the Star Sports Network and HotStar app. All the players information and live match scores along with entertaining live ball-to-ball commentary will be available on the Hotstar app. A big panel of experienced commentators will be providing their expert comments during this entertaining SA vs WI encounter from 3:30 PM IST at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium
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