The stage is set for the most prestigious and fascinating cricket carnival with the ICC World Cup 2019 less than a week away. Since the tournament’s inception in 1975, West Indies have been a force to reckon with. However, the scenario is slightly different now, and the team which once used to dominate World cricket is now regarded as the underdogs while South Africa would be eyeing to shed away their chokers tag and try to go all the way in the upcoming World Cup.
West Indies have named a balanced squad for the upcoming world cup, with the right combination of youth and experience. Jason Holder would be eyeing to surprise all the fans and pundits with his bunch of players. The prime focus will be to bring the attacking cricket back which their opponents used to fear at one point of time in history. Shai Hope and Chris Gayle will complement each other’s batting style at the top of the order while Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel will lead the bowling attack. With match winners like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Jason Holder in their ranks, the Windies outplay any team on their day. They certainly have the raw talent, but it’s their temperament and consistency which will be tested throughout this World Cup.
On the contrary, South Africa have started their campaign on a positive note, beating Sri Lanka by 87 runs in the first warm-up game. Their batting has been their strength since the last few years, and all the batters chipped in well in the opening match. Hashim Amla made a solid 65 at the top of the order followed by skipper’s Faf du Plessis sensational 88-run knock off 69 balls to take the Protean score to 338 on the board. The bowling unit did their job brilliantly, taking all the ten wickets in 42 overs. Andile Phehlukwayo took four wickets to topple the middle order while Lungi Ngidi bagged two crucial wickets at the top to dismantle their chase. South Africa would be hoping to keep their winning momentum heading into the World Cup.
Date: Sunday, 26th May 2019
Time: 03:00 PM IST
Venue: County Ground, Bristol
League: ICC World Cup 2019
Live Telecast: Star Network
Online Streaming: Hotstar
Avg 1st Innings score: 244
Avg 2nd Innings score: 216
Highest Total: 373/5 (50 Ov) by ENGW vs RSAW
Lowest Total: 92/10 (24.5 Ov) by ZIM vs Eng
Highest Chased: 359/4 (44.5 Ov) by Eng vs PAK
Lowest Defended: 182/10 (50 Ov) by NZ vs Eng
- Chris Gayle will feature in his last World Cup before his international retirement.
- Andre Russell makes a comeback into the squad following his tremendous form, despite playing a single ODI since 2015.
- Quinton de Kock might get a chance at the top of order ahead of Aiden Markram.
- While Dale Steyn can replace Ngidi to get into the thick of things.
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.
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.
- Chris Gayle
- Shai Hope
- Jason Holder
- Faf du Plessis
- Andile Phehlukwayo
- Imran Tahir