Match Preview –

West Indies will face South Africa in the first match of 3-match T20I series at National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada on June 26, 2021. West Indies have lost the Test series against the visitors with a 2-0 score. It is important to take note that West Indies have not beaten South Africa in T20I format in home conditions but West Indies having their most experienced T20 players back in their squad can create an upset for South Africa in the opening match of the series.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is more favorable for batting and is best suited for pacers. Team batting first has better chances at winning. There is a chance of moderate rain with temperature at 26C – 27C.

Venue Stats (T20 International)

Total matches                                    1

Matches won batting first                  1

Average 1st Inns scores                    208

Average 2nd Inns scores                  204

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

Lowest score defended                    208/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs WI


Top 2 Wicketkeeper picks

1) Quinton De Kock – The left-handed wicketkeeper from South Africa was named player of the series for the 2-match Test series against West Indies and he has been one of the most experienced player in the team, a good innings will be expected out of him when he comes to bat.

Matches – 47

Runs – 1303

Highest Score -79 *

Average – 31.02

2) Nicholas Pooran – Nicholas Pooran being the left-handed wicketkeeper batsman of West Indies is one of the furious batsmen of the squad and having him on the pitch can change the game for West Indies.

Matches – 27

Runs – 392

Highest Score – 58

Average – 19.6

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Chris Gayle – Chris Gayle, left-handed opener from West Indies, is one of the most experienced players and can deliver the ball in the stands with ease as he has a strike rate of 140+ in T20 cricket.

Matches – 61

Runs – 1656

Highest Score – 117

Average – 31.24

2) Lendl Simmons – The right-handed middle order batsman from West Indies is also an experienced campaigner for his country and he likes to stay at the crease for a longer duration of time until he takes his country to victory.

Matches – 57

Runs – 1262

Highest Score – 91*

Average – 26.85

3) Reeza Hendricks – Reeza Hendricks being the right-handed middle order batsman, has shown good performance on the Caribbean soil and he will be expected to perform in this series too.

Matches – 28

Runs – 734

Highest Score – 74

Average – 26.21

4) Rassie Van dur Dussen – Rassie Van dur Dussen, right-handed batsman, is one of the most promising batsmen from this SA lineup as his stats show a lot of potential to perform in the upcoming matches.

Matches – 20

Runs – 628

Highest Score – 74*

Average – 41.86

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Kagiso Rabada – Rabada being the lead right-arm pacer for South Africa has led their bowling lineup in the destruction of the West Indies team in test series and the same will be expected out of him in the T20 series too.

Matches – 26

Wickets – 31

Economy – 8.51

2) Lungi Ngidi – Ngidi, right-arm fast bowler from South Africa, his stats suggests that he is one of the most lethal weapons in their arsenal with a bowl in his hand.

Matches – 16

Wickets – 28

Economy – 8.94

3) Sheldon Cottrell – This left-arm fast-medium bowler from West Indies is known for his celebration after taking a wicket and he will be expected to celebrate quite often if West Indies wants to win this series.

Matches – 30

Wickets – 37

Economy – 7.89

4) Oshane Thomas – Thomas being the right-arm fast bowler has shown some great bowling stats in previous matches and also has good amount of experience which will come handy for him to bowl to South African batsmen.

Matches – 15

Wickets – 18

Economy – 8.72

Top 4 All-rounder Picks

1) George Linde – A lot will be expected from this left-handed batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler to perform in this T20 series as his domestic T20 stats are remarkably good.

Matches – 7

Runs – 92

Highest Score – 29

Average – 18.39

Wickets – 5

Economy – 7.00

2) Jason Holder – Jason Holder being the right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler has been in great form in the latest test series against South Africa and same will be expected out of him in this series too.

Matches – 20

Runs – 163

Highest Score – 29

Average – 16.30

Wickets – 16

Economy – 8.17

3) Andre Russell – The most hard-hitting allrounder in this match and he is the one who can solely change the course of the match if he stays long enough on the crease.

Matches – 49

Runs – 540

Highest Score – 47

Average – 20.00

Wickets – 26

Economy – 9.08

4) Kieron Pollard – Pollard is one of the most experienced allrounder for West Indies and he uses his experience as a weapon, and he can damage the opponents both with his hard hitting as well as his deceptive bowling.

Matches – 79

Runs – 1277

Highest Score – 75*

Average – 24.55

Wickets – 37

Economy – 8.48

Predicted Playing 11

West IndiesChris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Oshane Thomas

South Africa

Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi


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 Poll Winning Percentage

West Indies – 56%

South Africa – 44%