The 18th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will see South Africa facing off against West Indies on 26th October at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. 02:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT.
The Caribbean team, led by Kieron Pollard, got off to a disastrous start after England beat them by six wickets with 70 balls left. West Indies were bowled out for a paltry 55 after which the Brits chased the target down in 8.2 overs. The Proteas also lost their opening game against Australia by five wickets after not being able to defend 118. Earlier this year, South Africa defeated West Indies 3-2 in a bilateral T20I series.
Probable Playing XIs
South Africa : Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
West Indies : Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Obed McCoy, Ravi Rampaul/Hayden Walsh
Windies assistant coach Roddy Estwick said that his team acknowledged that they had a bad opening match against England in the ICC men’s T20 World Cup and had a chat about the same. He added that his job in the team is to ensure that the players remain confident and believe in their own abilities,
“Well, one bad game doesn’t make a summer. We realize we had a bad game. We’ve had a chat about it. The players had some volleyball yesterday to help them to relax to try, to try to build some team spirit. But we’re about to have a practice session now. The one thing you can do is, once you lose a game you can look for all the excuses in the world,” said Estwick in the pre-match press conference on Monday.
Speaking about the rationale of Gayle coming at three instead of his usual opening position, Estwick commented, “Chris is very experienced. If you look at a lot of the teams, they want to bowl their spinners. And we felt that at No. 3, it gives him a chance to have a matchup against the spin attack. Chris has been a wonderful server for West Indies cricket. We still expect great things from him, but he also has a lot of in terms of addressing the room and helping the younger players.”
“What people tend to forget as well is Chris offers a spin option. If you look at when we played against Australia, Chris bowled really well. So there’s a lot of roles that Chris has to play within the team. Just don’t look at the performance. Look at in the past, he’s done very, very well at the World Cup level. And I’m sure before the tournament is finished he will do well again.”
Estwick signed off by saying that Tuesday’s match against South Africa in Dubai is going to be a very important one for the West Indies.
“But we’ve got to bounce back. We’ve got to work hard to get that right. And that’s going to be very important for us. We’ve got to make sure that whoever walks on that park is ready, is prepared well enough to go and execute the skills, and have enough confidence in their own ability to do what is needed.” Estwick said