We head back to Southampton for the Cricket World Cup match on Monday where South Africa will go in search of a drink in the last chance saloon when they take on a resurgent looking West Indies side at the Hampshire Bowl.
South Africa have already played and lost three matches in this tournament and another loss at any point is likely to end their run from a competitive standpoint. West Indies lost last time out and will be looking to rebound here.
Kev and Steve are back to celebrate a fourth day of winners in a row and to preview the must win clash for South Africa when they take on West Indies on Monday. Both men have bets for the game. To find out what they are press play on the video below!
The big issue for South Africa is it isn’t like they have underperformed in this tournament, they just simply aren’t good enough at the present time. I’ve mentioned their batting problems throughout the competition, and to be fair I’d clocked onto them earlier in the year and they have been on show in this event which is probably why the unhelpful news about AB de Villiers has leaked out over recent days.
South Africa were always going to rely on their bowling attack in this competition so the last thing they needed was two key injuries to that department. They now have a genuine lack of resources and are really struggling. They can’t afford another defeat but it could be that the weather has the final say on their campaign over the next few days anyway.
The tournament has been lit up by the West Indies so far and everyone is glued to their matches to see just what they are going to deliver next. They have gone back to the pace like fire days of bowling in this tournament, in the early overs at least, and that has got everyone excited about their cricket and their chances of going deep in this competition.
When the competition began, there was always a fear that the West Indies batting would be destructive but what nobody saw was the carnage they would produce with the ball and if they can continue doing that then it is going to take a brave team to beat them. They do still have frailties but if their batting starts to fire like it did against England in a series before the tournament then you would expect them to win more than they lose.
South Africa will have to work out whether they want to continue playing two spinners now that Beuran Hendricks has arrived, whether to include Hendricks or pick the extra batsman in Aiden Markram. West Indies aren’t good against spin so they might remain unchanged unless Markram comes in for JP Duminy.
West Indies management has assured everyone that Andre Russell is fit to feature in this match and as such they are likely to be unchanged even though they were beaten by Australia last time out. Kemar Roach would be the most obvious man to come in should they want to change anything up.
Unfortunately we are going to have to deal with a few showers around the Hampshire area during this match so this is going to be a stop-start day and one which might see a reduction of overs. With that in mind, I’m not going to have too many bets here but a shortened match plays into the hands of the West Indies and it would be wrong not to take them to win this as a result.
They are the T20 world champions and if their bowlers only have to bowl four or five overs they can run in and give it everything. We saw in the previous match that when they had to come back for their second and third spells they struggled a touch. If they don’t have to do that they can be even more fearsome. There is also not that fear of getting bowled out that there is in 50 overs so they can let their big shots flow. South Africa are struggling with the bat so the last thing they need to run into is a rampant West Indies batting line up piling up the runs and their bowling attack being able to cut loose. You’ve got to think that as well as their own lack of confidence going against them, the conditions are going to do South Africa no favours. I’ll back West Indies here.
I’ve mentioned copious times that South Africa are struggling with the bat so it makes sense to take someone down the order to top score for them. Nathan Coulter-Nile did just that for Australia against the West Indies in their last match and Chris Morris can be the man here. He top scored against India with a fairly fluent innings and he is a better batsman than Coulter-Nile so the 25/1 on a genuine all-rounder to deliver the goods is a big enough price to tempt me in.
VOID – Back West Indies to beat South Africa for a 4/10 stake at 2.00 with Bet365
VOID – Back C.Morris Top South Africa Batsman for a 1/10 stake at 26.00 with Coral