South Africa and West Indies will play each other in an important game of Group 1. South Africa and West Indies have a history of playing high scoring matches, they kicked started the World T20 2007 with a mouth watering contest.
In that match Chris Gayle became the first player to make a hundred in a T20 World Cup, however his efforts were matched by Herschel Gibbs, as South Africa chased a target in access of 200 with comfort.
Nine years later, Chris Gayle is still the man West Indies relies on. He has already scored a century in this tournament and is the only batsman to score two centuries in the World T20. He has been declared fit for this game after straining his hamstring in the game against Sri Lanka.
South Africa may not have Herschel Gibbs, but they have the firepower to down any team in the world. AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock have been in supreme form of late, and the calmness of Hashim Amla will do the Saffers a world of good.
Having said that, the Nagpur pitch, as it showcased during the first game between India and New Zealand, is a rank turner. Therefore, if South Africa wants to stay alive for a semi final berth, they will have to play spin well.
South Africa vs West Indies game will be played under lights, so dew may play a key role in the match. Both teams will be tempted to play an extra spinner in their line up. South Africa haven’t bowled well in their last two games, but their lead spinner Imran Tahir was phenomenal in both the games and he will play a pivotal role in this match as well. However, part time spinners like JP Duminy and Marlon Samuels will also be play a crucial role.
West Indies’s lower order has not been tested as yet, so it will be interesting to see how the likes of Darren Sammy play in the death overs if an opportunity arises.
For the South Africa vs West Indies match; Expect a low scoring thriller.