SA vs WI, 2nd ODI: Preview, Pitch Report, Live Score & Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips
Temba Bavuma raising his bat after a century (Twitter/ Proteas Men)
It has been a cricketing carnival of sorts in South Africa in recent times with plenty of quality cricketing action going around in the rainbow nation. However, the first ODI of this three-match ODI series between South Africa and West Indies turned out to be a tame affair as rain played spoilsport in East London.
The Buffalo Park, East London will be ready again for the second ODI between the two sides and let's hope that cricket takes the centerstage this time around. Both teams are delicately placed in terms of direct qualification for the 2023 World Cup and things are surely getting spicier and spicier with each passing day. As this series is not a part of the World Cup Super League, it provides an opportunity for both sides to fine-tune their preparations with more serious challenges ahead.
South African cricket has found a new lease of life with recent success across formats. Temba Bavuma too is back in form now and not only scored runs in recently held Test series against West Indies but also was looking in great touch against England in the ODI series.
It is also a great opportunity for some young players like Tristan Stubbs to make this opportunity count and it would be interesting to see how the middle order goes about its business in the absence of Aiden Markram and David Miller.
The bowling too looks pretty strong even in the absence of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje and just like the batters it is an opportunity for young bowlers to stake a claim for a permanent spot in the national side.
The men from the Caribbean would be eyeing a fresh start as Shai Hope begins his captaincy tenure. The most crucial aspect for them is to get their game plan and execution of skills right in the middle overs of a 50-over game. Strike rotation will be a key aspect and once again Shai Hope holds the key for his side.
Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran and Brandon King would form the core of the middle order and a lot will depend on how these three gentleman go about their business. West Indies have the power and aggression with them and if they can mix caution with it, they can be a dangerous side.
On the bowling front, Shannon Gabriel is back in the mix and will bring more fire into the attack. Akeal Hosein too would have a key role to play against the South African middle order with his crafty left-arm spin and if West Indies play to their potential we can have a close game.
Date and Time: March 17, 4.30 PM IST
Venue: Buffalo Park, East London
Live Streaming/Telecast: FanCode App and Star Sports Network
Pitch Report: The pitch at the Buffalo Park is generally slow and low but with plenty of rain around, we might see it play a bit differently. The conditions though will not be easy for the batters and a good old-fashioned hard grind would most probably be the way forward.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Gerald Coetzee, Bjorn Fortuin, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.
West Indies: Shai Hope (C), Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Yannic Cariah, Shannon Gabriel.
Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips
Keeper: Quinton de Kock, Shai Hope
Batters: Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Rovman Powell
All-rounders: Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Wayne Parnell
Bowlers: Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Odean Smith
South Africa would be missing some key players but they still are the favourites to notch up a win here with the overall quality in their side. West Indies, on the other hand, need to come up with a disciplined performance to stand a chance against the Proteas at home.