WI vs RSA, 5th T20I

Match Preview –

West Indies will be up against South Africa in the final T20I Match of the 5-match series at the National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada on 3 July 2021. After winning the 4th game, West Indies have levelled the series and now it comes to settle the series between the two teams.

Both the teams are evenly matched on paper and with some of the best T20I cricketers taking the center stage, a fascinating match will take place on Saturday.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is slightly on the slower side, with batsmen having to work for their runs. Pacers are best suited for the pitch but spinners will play a crucial role in middle overs.

There is a chance of light rain with temperatures at 26C – 27 °C.

Venue Stats (T20 International)

Total matches                              5

Matches won batting first            4

Matches won bowling first          1

Average 1st Inning scores          173

Average 2nd Inning score           165

Highest total recorded                 208/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs WI

Highest score chased                 161/2 (15 Ov) by WI vs RSA

Lowest score defended              167/8 (20 Ov) by RSA vs WI

Top 2 Wicketkeeper picks

1) Quinton De Kock – The left-handed wicketkeeper was excellent behind the stumps, took 2 wickets and smashed 60 runs in his last match. His experience and stats in this format are enough to destroy an opponent’s team.

Matches – 51

Runs – 1498

Highest Score – 79 *

Average – 32.56

2) Nicholas Pooran – The 25y old left-handed batsman is a talented player from his squad. He contributed 16 runs in his last match and took a catch behind the wickets. His current form is something that his team can benefit from, in the next match.

Matches – 31

Runs – 443

Highest Score – 58*

Average – 19.26

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Chris Gayle – The left-handed opener and right-arm off-break bowler from West Indies took a wicket in his last match. He is in good form and has a lot of potential to smash the bowlers from the opponent’s team in the last match of the series.

Matches – 64

Runs – 1701

Highest Score – 117

Average – 30.92

2) Evin Lewis – The southpaw has good stats in the shortest format of the game. He has played consistently well in this series. He remains a key player for his squad.

Matches – 39

Runs – 1115

Highest Score – 125*

Average – 30.97

3) Reeza Hendricks – The South African opener is a strong wall for his squad. He has been in good form since the 1st match of this series. He will be expected to perform well in the next match owing to his current form.

Matches – 32

Runs – 812

Highest Score – 74

Average – 25.37

4) Rassie van der Dussen – This right-handed batsman from South Africa is a dynamic and adaptable player. He is looking in good form and has a lot of potential to outperform his opponents.

Matches – 24

Runs – 724

Highest Score – 74*

Average – 40.22

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Kagiso Rabada – Rabada being the lead right-arm pacer for South Africa has been giving consistent performance in this series. He took a wicket in his last match and he’ll be expected to bowl a terrific spell in the last match of the series, given its importance.

Matches – 30

Wickets – 36

Economy – 8.75

2) Dwayne Bravo – This right-arm medium pacer from the West Indies took 4 wickets in his last match. He is in excellent form and his team might as well use it to draw a good inning from him in the last crucial match.

Matches – 78

Wickets – 71

Economy – 8.15

3) Anrich Nortje – This right-arm fast bowler has great potential to show in this format. He took a wicket with his terrific bowling spell in his last match. His domestic record is good and he can easily destroy an opponent team’s batting lineup with his pace.

Matches – 50

Wickets – 60

Economy – 7.60

4) Obed McCoy – This left-arm fast-medium bowler is one of the best pacers from the West Indies and he picked a wicket in his last match against South Africa. He has been doing great with his bowling style and has shown consistent performance in this series.

Matches – 9

Wickets – 13

Economy – 7.80

Top 4 All-rounder Picks

1) Fabian Allen – This right-handed batsman is one of the most skillful players from the West Indies, who can give good fantasy points from batting as well as bowling. He is in good form and has a lot of potential to show in the next match.

Matches – 23

Runs – 212

Highest Score – 34

Average – 16.08

Wickets – 16

Economy – 7.17

2) George Linde – The left-handed batsman with a slow left-arm orthodox bowling style is playing with good form in this series. He’ll be expected to play a good inning in the next match.

Matches – 11

Runs – 101

Highest Score – 29*

Average – 11.22

Wickets -10

Economy – 7.02

3) Andre Russell – This right-handed batsman took 2 wickets in his last match. He is giving consistent performance throughout this tour and can be beneficial in the next match too.

Matches – 53

Runs – 602

Highest Score – 47

Average – 20.06

Wickets – 30

Economy – 9.10

 4) Kieron Pollard – The right-handed batsman is one of the most experienced all-rounders for the West Indies. He played an excellent inning in the last match. He scored 51 runs and even took a wicket from his visitor team.

Matches – 83

Runs – 1330

Highest Score – 75*

Average – 24.62

Wickets – 38

Economy – 8.42

Predicted Playing 11

West Indies – Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(C), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Obed McCoy, Kevin Sinclair

South Africa – Reeza Hendricks, Quinton De Kock, Temba Bavuma(C), David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi

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Poll Winning Percentage

West Indies – 47%

South Africa – 53%

Source- www.cricket.com