South Africa will take on West Indies in Match 18 of the ICC World T20 on Tuesday, 26th October 2021 in an afternoon encounter at the Dubai International Stadium. While, South Africa will enter this game after a loss to Australia in a closely-contested clash, West Indies endured a dismal batting performance and were skittled out for 55, which is their lowest score in a world event against England. The two sides will set foot on the ground with an aim to get their campaign back on track.
South Africa has been the dominant side in the Head to Head comparison and won 9 out of the 15 games played thus far. The Proteas have won three out of their last five encounters and will head into this game with plenty of confidence.
Overall Matches 15 | SA – 9 wins | WI – 6 wins |
Last five matches SA - 3 wins | WI – 2 wins
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The average first innings total at the venue is around the 150-run mark. With a hard surface on offer, the wickets will be conducive for strokeplay. In the 350 innings played thus far, 1290 wickets have been picked by the pacers at an average of 24 compared to 729 wickets at an average of 24.9. The fast bowlers have dominated proceedings at this venue and picked up 63.9 percent of the wickets and have a wickets per innings ratio of 3.7.
South Africa have a lethal pace bowling unit with the likes of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada, shouldering the responsibility of the side with the new ball. Nortje is currently one of the quickest pacers and has the ability to dismantle the opposition batting unit with his accurate line and length. South Africa would hope for the 27-year old to wreak through the opposition batting unit with his express pace and help them get over the line.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Nortje to pick up 1-2 wickets in this match.
Evin Lewis will be the key player heading into tomorrow's match for the Men in Maroon. The southpaw has been one of the mainstays in the batting unit of the Windies and will look to give the team a quickfire start in the powerplay. Lewis has plenty of experience in this form of the game, with 1324 runs in 45 innings at a strike rate of 157.80. He was also part of the Rajasthan Royals in the recently concluded Indian Premier League and will be better equipped with the conditions on offer than most players.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Lewis to score 15-23 runs in this match.
Quinton de Kock
One of the most experienced players in the batting unit of South Africa, Quinton de Kock, will be the X factor as far as South Africa is concerned. With lack of experience in the batting department, the onus of the side will rely heavily on de Kock. While he failed to get going in the last match against Australia, the wicket-keeper will be keen to showcase his skills and give the team a blistering start in the field restrictions. The 28-year old has amassed 1765 runs in 58 innings at a strike rate of 135.66 and will be the key player for the side in this much-awaited clash.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts de Kock to score 13-19 runs in this match.
A vital cog in the middle order of the Delhi Capitals, Shimron Hetmyer will have plenty of experience playing in these conditions and will be one of the key players for West Indies in this mega event. Coming in at number four, Hetmyer will be crucial to the fortunes of the side in this must-win game and will look to continue his IPL form for the Windies. The left-handed batter scored 242 runs in 13 innings at a strike rate of 168.1, which is the best among players with a minimum of 100 runs in the league. The 24-year old provided the Capitals with much-needed impetus batting in the back end of the innings and guided them over the line on numerous occasions in this edition of the tournament.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Hetmyer to score 19-29 runs in this match.