Time: June 29, 11:30 PM IST
Venue: National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada
With the first two matches being played within 24 hours, the pitch roughened up a bit and provided more assistance to the spinners in the second game. The pitch has been rolled out to firm up, but the batters may still find it challenging to dominate the spinners.
One loss may not affect West Indies’ team combination. If they are fine with Dwayne Bravo batting at No. 9, they know what they are doing right.
Probable XI for West Indies: Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Obed McCoy, Kevin Sinclair
South Africa did not tinker with their XI despite the loss in the series opener, although the forms of David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen may become a spot of concern if South Africa lose another game.
Probable XI for South Africa: Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Players to watch out for
Evin Lewis has scores of 71* (35) and 21 (16) in the series. He has hit 8 sixes already and looks in ominous touch.
Temba Bavuma did not bog down despite losing quick wickets in the middle-overs. His innings comprised of smart strokeplay, finding gaps and running hard between the wickets.
Quinton de Kock got starts on both occasions, and that is how he plays: he takes odd risks. More importantly, he has been laying a strong foundation. He has scores of 37 (24) and 26 (20).
To accommodate Andre Fletcher, West Indies have left out the experienced Lendl Simmons and pushed Chris Gayle to No. 3. Fletcher did provide a blistering start in the first game with 30 off 19 but was forced to put a price on his wicket when the team lost middle-order cheaply on Sunday. Eventually, 35 off 36 was not enough to save West Indies.
Kagiso Rabada and Obed McCoy, who went wicketless in the first game, took a three-wicket haul in the second. While Rabada took one in the powerplay, McCoy’s all wickets came at the death.
South Africa was not expected to bounce back so early against the T20I champions. They played the same team combination and batted first again but the result was different. However, they bowled far better, thanks to the wearing pitch.
West Indies’ middle-order may have failed on Sunday, but it is the same famed lineup that has been taking them over the line. Perhaps, they will have to put second thoughts into their shot selections.
Toss will play a crucial role. Chasing will only get more and more challenging as the series progresses.