South Africa vs West Indies 1st ODI Dream11 Match Prediction, Top Picks, Playing 11, Head to Head, Captain, Vice Captain, Player Stats, Pitch Report & Weather Update
|South Africa vs West Indies, 1st ODI, 4:30 PM|
|Date||March 16, 2023, Thursday|
|Time||4:30 PM IST|
|Venue||Buffalo Park - East London, South Africa|
A 3-game ODI series is all set to unravel between two nations who are seemingly rebuilding their unit with the new generation of crickets. The first of their showdown will be contested in East London, at the Buffalo Park stadium on March 16. Before these two star-studded teams, who are currently fighting for a direct place in the World Cup this year, take the field, let us take a detailed look at the playing XI, pitch report, head-to-head record, and much more.
South Africa is coming into this match after making a statement in the previous series. Showcasing just why they belong amongst the most elite teams, the same team has beaten West Indies in 9 of their 10 ODI matches on home soil.
West Indies, too, have a point to prove in the 50-over format. Currently, they are not in the right form as the fact that they have only managed to win one of their previous 10 ODI games showcases just that. However, this series could be the perfect opportunity for them to turn the tables.
Rassie van der Dussen needs to make amends for the absence of some of his teammates. He has scored 318 runs in the previous 7 games for South Africa, playing at an average of over 45 runs. On the other hand, Lungi Ngidi has registered 10 wickets against his name in the previous 8 games for his country.
Nicholas Pooran, one of West Indies' most experienced players in the modern era, has scored 364 runs in the previous 10 games for his country. The wicket-keeper batsman has not only developed his game in a mature manner but can even provide a quality finish. Akeal Hosein has been the key bowler for WI as the electrifying fast bowlers have looked to cause trouble with the new ball, getting unprecedented movement early on.
The wicket at Buffalo Park will allow the pacers to get bounce and swing early on which will provoke both the captains to choose the toss to bowl first. However, this venue has witnessed some of the most iconic knocks, so the batsmen will need to take time to settle in. If they do, a supreme inning is not out of possibility.
There are chances of rain affecting the game. Moreover, the humidity will also be peaking around 96% during the match hours as the temperature might be around 23 degrees.
Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock (Wk), Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tristan Stubbs, Wiaan Mulder
Shai Hope (C), Nicholas Pooran (Wk), Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Rovmann Powell, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Shannon Gabriel
South Africa has some noticeable players unavailable as they are busy contesting in different T20 leagues in the world. That being said, this is a perfect opportunity for the likes of Bjorn Fortuin and Wiaan Mulder to make a solid name for themselves.
Shai Hope became the fourth captain for WI in the last three years. With experienced players like Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran present, West Indies are expected to take the field with their strongest XI.
South Africa vs West Indies Head-To-Head
The previous ‘active’ ODI fixture between these two sides ended up being a one-sided contest as West Indies emerged victorious by a huge margin of 100 games.
|Wicketkeeper||Quinton de Kock, Shai Hope (Vc)|
|Batsman||Rassie van der Dussen (C), Rovmann Powell, Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks|
|All-rounders||Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers|
|Bowlers||Alzarri Joseph, Lungi Ngidi, Akiel Hosein|
The newly appointed West Indies captain needs to lead his team from the front. Most likely to open the batting innings for the away team, Hope has scored 278 runs in the last 10 games.
The right-arm fast bowler has huge expectations to fulfill for WI. Known to get some early swing, Joseph’s tall height allows him to trouble the batsmen with his bounce and short-pitched deliveries.
Having taken the center stage in T20 leagues all across the world, Dussen will now be expected to play a huge role for the Proteas. With no Aiden Markram and David Miller among other experienced campaigners, Dussen will be expected to bat through large portions of the batting innings if the home side is to win.
If South Africa is to secure a place directly into this year’s World Cup, De Kock should be required to play his A-Game. Being an explosive batsman since the early overs, will Quinton be able to return to his veteran best? Remains to be seen.