SA vs WI 1st ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips
The opening game of the three–match ODI series between South Africa and West Indies gets underway on Thursday afternoon. South Africa lost their last match in this format, by 59 runs against England in February. West Indies were beaten by New Zealand in their last ODI, back in August against New Zealand. Read on as we preview this game. This match gets underway at Buffalo Park, East London at 13:00 local time.
South Africa will not have many of their best players available for this game but will still be able to put out a strong side. Whether it will be good enough to beat West Indies remains to be seen.
West Indies have struggled in this format for a long time but have plenty of quality white ball players. This game may be a good opportunity for them to get off to a winning start in the series.
South Africa vs West Indies 1st ODI Match Live Streaming
TV channels: This match will be shown live on SuperSport, Flow Sports, Star Sports and Sky Sports Cricket.
Live Streaming: Fans can stream the match on FanCode and SkyGo.
SA vs WI Match Toss Prediction
Three of the last four ODIs at this venue have been won by the team batting second and we predict that both captains will choose to field first if they win the toss ahead of this match.
SA vs WI, Buffalo Park Pitch Report
We expect to see a good cricket wicket with neither bat or ball overly favoured by the pitch. There will be some turn for the spinners and a par score will be around 320.
East London Weather Report
The forecast is for very humid conditions and there will certainly be thunderstorms in the local area. However, there is a good chance that the match will not be interrupted.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for South Africa vs West Indies 1st ODI Match 2023
South Africa Team News & Playing 11
SA Team News
The hosts have taken an unusual step of announcing separate squads for the first two ODIs and the final match of the series. Furthermore, pace bowlers, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have both been rested for the whole series. Temba Bavuma, who recently gave up the IT20 captaincy, will continue to lead the side in this format.
SA Key Players
- Quinton de Kock - The left-handed keeper-batter has enjoyed a break over the last five weeks since the end of the SA20. He will be refreshed and ready to take the attack to West Indies in this match.
- Rassie van der Dussen - The tall right-handed middle order batter has been enjoying playing on the batter friendly wickets in the PSL in recent weeks and hit a century in the first ODI against England in January.
- Lungi Ngidi - The right-arm pace bowler took 4-62 in his last ODI appearance against England in Kimberley at the start of February and will lead the pace bowling attack in this game.
SA Team Form
South Africa won successive ODIs against England in January before losing the last match of the series. They have lost three of the last five games in this format.
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South Africa Predicted Playing 11
Quinton de Kock (wk), Tony de Zorzi, Temba Bavuma (c), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Tristan Stubbs, Keshav Maharaj, Sisanda Magala, Lungi Ngidi, Gerald Coetzee, Lizaad Williams
West Indies Team News & Playing 11
WI Team News
This game represents the start of another new era for West Indies who have replaced Nicholas Pooran as the skipper in ODIs with Shai Hope. However, they still have plenty of experienced players such as Roston Chase and Jason Holder in the team.
WI Key Players
- Shai Hope - New captain has a brilliant ODI record. Since making his debut in this format in 2016, he has hit over 4300 runs from 99 innings.
- Romario Shepherd - The all-rounder has struggled to establish himself at international level in spite of some consistent bowling and match winning batting. He is an excellent finisher of an innings with the bat
- Akeal Hosein - The left-arm spinner has had a busy start to the year with appearances in the BBL, ILT20 and the PSL already. He will get turn from this pitch.
WI Team Form
West Indies have won only one of their last 12 matches in this format.
West Indies Predicted Playing 11
Shai Hope (c), Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Roston Chase, Kyle Mayers, Romario Shepherd, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Yannic Cariah, Shannon Gabriel
South Africa vs West Indies Head to Head
South Africa have a dominant record against West Indies in this format and lead the head to head 44-15. West Indies won the last completed ODI between the sides by 100 runs.
SA vs WI Head to Head Stats in ODI
South Africa vs West Indies Betting Odds
After South Africa won the Test series with ease, they come into this change of format still as firm favourites with the bookmakers.
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Who will win South Africa vs West Indies 1st ODI Match?
Both sides have some excellent players who have played plenty of ODIs and have top records in the format. However, looking across both teams, we think South Africa will be the stronger in home conditions.
South Africa vs West Indies Prediction
With South Africa choosing to rest some of their big name bowlers, and also leaving out some of their other top players for the first two ODIs, this opening match of the series could well be a lot closer than some pundits are predicting. We expect West Indies to compete throughout the game but think South Africa have more batting depth. Our prediction is for South Africa to win a close match