Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Cricket World Cup: South Africa vs West Indies Preview and Odds

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South Africa looks for quick World Cup start against West Indies

The seventh match of the 2011 Cricket World cup will feature fourth-ranked South Africa against the eighth-ranked West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi on Feb. 24 in a Group B matchup. South Africa has never won the World Cup, but looks to be a pretty strong contender this time around. The West Indies have won the tournament twice, in 1975 and in 1979 and lost in the final in 1983. It’s been all downhill since though, with just one appearance in the semi finals.

The two teams have met 50 times in one-day internationals (ODIs) with South Africa winning 37 matches and West Indies taking 12 of them. They’ve met each other four times in World Cup play with each team winning twice. The team batting first has won all of the World Cup games between them.

South Africa will be relying on their captain Graeme Smith, as well as AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Jacques Kallis, and Faf du Plessis to have big games. The bowlers include Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, and they’re a pretty strong and confident bunch. South Africa are also fielding well and are going into this game with four wins and a loss in their last five matches.

West Indies beat Kenya by 61 runs in a World Cup warm-up game and were beaten by four wickets against Sri Lanka in another. The West Indies will be relying heavily on batsmen Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to produce runs, with captain Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo needing good games too. The team may have to play without Adrian Barath and wicket-keeper Carlton Bough due to injuries. Kemar Roach and Andrew Russell should feature as bowlers.

The pitch is reported as good and the weather will be warm for the game at about 22 degrees C. Going on their recent form, South Africa will definitely be favoured in this match and they should come out on top unless too many players let the pressure get to them.

Bookmaker William Hill has the odds of a South Africa win listed at 1/3 and a West Indies victory at 12/5.

The teams for the game should look like this

West Indies: Darren Sammy (Capt), Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith, Sulieman Benn, Nikita Miller, Andre Rusell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Devon Thomas (wk).

South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne van Wyk (wk).