SA vs WI 1st T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips
After South Africa won the Test series before the ODI series finished 1-1, South Africa and West Indies begin their IT20 series on Saturday afternoon in Centurion. This is the first time that both sides play in this format since the conclusion of the 2022 T20 World Cup. Read on as we preview this opening IT20. This game gets underway at Centurion Park at 14:00 local time.
With their top pace bowlers back in the side, we expect South Africa to go up a level from their ODI performances. They will be very hard to beat in this match.
West Indies are in a new era of white ball cricket and impressed in the second ODI. We expect them to play in a very attacking manner but they may struggle against a strong South Africa side.
South Africa vs West Indies 1st T20 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
The last three IT20s at this venue have been won by the team batting second. As a result, we predict that both sides will choose to field first in this game.
SA vs WI, SuperSport Park Pitch Report
There is something in this pitch for all types of players. We expect a par score to be no higher than 155 on a surface which will turn for the spinners.
Centurion Weather Report
Cloudy conditions are forecast throughout this game in Centurion with humidity above 50%. However, no rain is forecast during the match.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for South Africa vs West Indies 1st T20 Match 2023
South Africa Team News & Playing 11
SA Team News
After being appointed at the start of this month, middle-order batter Aiden Markram will captain South Africa for the first time in this series. Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada, who were both rested for the ODI series, will come back into the side in this game.
SA Key Players
- Quinton de Kock- the opener hit four IT20 scores in a row of 69 not out, 68, 47 not out and 63 in October last year and is a match winner in this format.
- Rilee Rossouw- the top order batter returned to the South Africa international side last year and hit 109 against Bangladesh at the SCG during the 2022 T20 World Cup.
- Anrich Nortje- the right-arm pace bowler has risen to be South Africa’s leading all-format bowler. His best figures in this format are 4-10.
SA Team Form
South Africa lost their last two 2022 T20 World Cup fixtures including a 13 run defeat to Netherlands in their final game.
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South Africa Predicted Playing 11
Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram (c), David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada
West Indies Team News & Playing 11
WI Team News
Rovman Powell begins his time as West Indies’ captain after being appointed to the role halfway through last month. The middle order batter will lead an experienced side in this series who have under-performed over the last two T20 World Cups.
WI Key Players
- Brandon King- the opening batter has hit six IT20 centuries in his career and has a top score of 132 not out across all T20 fixtures.
- Rovman Powell- the new skipper is one of the most powerful middle-order hitters in world cricket. He is particularly strong in the latter overs of an innings.
- Obed McCoy- the 26 year old left-arm pace bowler has taken 38 wickets in IT20s. He will get good bounce and movement off the pitch in this game.
WI Team Form
Although West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 31 runs in their penultimate 2022 T20 World Cup fixture, that is their only win from their last five IT20 matches.
West Indies Predicted Playing 11
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell (c), Alzarri Joseph, Romario Shepherd, Jason Holder, Obed McCoy, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell
South Africa vs West Indies Head to Head
South Africa lead the head to head 10-6 in this format and have won four of the last five matches including their last clash during the 2021 T20 World Cup.
SA vs WI Head to Head Stats in T20's
South Africa vs West Indies Betting Odds
With some of their more established players coming back into the team, South Africa are favourites to win this ODI against West Indies.
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Who will win South Africa vs West Indies 1st T20 Match?
Any side with Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada in their bowling attack in home conditions will be hard to beat. West Indies have a good team but do not have the consistency of their opponents ahead of this match.
South Africa vs West Indies Prediction
After a very competitive ODI series was shared by the two teams, we are expecting another close contest to begin the IT20 series. Under new leadership, we anticipate West Indies to be playing with a new attitude which enables their talent to be realised. However, South Africa are a very strong side, particularly in this format with the ball, and we are backing them to win this opening clash.
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