The face-off between South Africa and West Indies will be the 20th match of the ICC Women’s T20 world cup, and also the last match of the group stage. It will be the 4th match for both the teams in the tournament. The match will occur on 3rd March (1.30 PM IST onwards) at the Sydney Showground Stadium in Sydney.
Players to watch out for and why
The South African batting line-up, which started on a good note, faltered severely in the last match. However, the team still boasts of many dangerous names: skipper Dane van Niekerk (113 runs so far), Marizanne Kapp (91 runs in 3 innings) and Lizelle Lee (101-run inning against Pakistan). The undefeated streak of South Africa only proves that while this batting line-up might fluctuate sometimes, it rises to the task when needed. It is matched by an equally good bowling attack, led by Shabnam Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka. Kapp, Niekerk, and Sunee Luus can also step up to sharpen the bowling attack.
On the other hand, the West Indies team seriously struggles from a lack of dependable players. On the batting side, only Stefanie Taylor and Shemaine Campbell have been able to make runs for the team. In the last match against England, West Indies found unlikely support in Laura Wolvaardt (53*). In the next match, she will also be someone to watch out. The bowling attack of the West Indies has been terrible so far. Only Afy Fletcher has been consistent with the wickets, while Taylor can offer some surprise support.
Who will win and why
When it comes to past face-offs, the South African team gets the shorter end of the stick. In their 17 encounters, West Indies has won 13 times. Even in the T20 world cup, South Africa doesn’t have much to boast – they have only made it to the semi-finals once. West Indies, on the other hand, have been champions once and made it to the semi-finals four other times. Recently, South Africa has improved its form and currently sits at the 7th spot on ICC T20 ranks, while West Indies sits on 5th.
In the current tournament, however, things are wildly different. South Africa has won all 3 of its matches so far and is already set to enter the semis. West Indies has only managed one victory so far. No matter what the outcome of the upcoming match, West Indies will be knocked out anyway. However, the South African side boasts of a well-balanced team, while West Indies only has a handful of decent players.
The weather may played a big role. If we can get a match in (big IF), South Africa should win. Should the weather rain and there is no match check out Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI (D/N), Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh at Sylhet on our live cricket scores page.