Searching for their maiden win in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup, Faf du Plessis’ South Africa will face West Indies at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on Monday. The Proteas lost their opening match to hosts England by 104 runs on 30 May, before going down to Bangladesh by 21 runs.
West Indies, on the other hand, have had a mixed run so far. They were outstanding against Pakistan in their opening fixture, where they blew them away with their scary pace. Next, they lost to Australia by 15 runs, but it was a match they should have won.
South Africa, minus the services of their premier fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi, will face a powerful West Indies side in a must-win World Cup 2019 clash for the former at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Monday. South Africa, who have made the worst possible start at the World Cup, losing three matches on the trot, need to win their last six matches in the round-robin format to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals.
However, it will be a huge ask for South Africa as the West Indies have shown intent with the bat and ball in their previous two matches. So far, nothing has been going South Africa’s way as pacer Dale Steyn has been ruled out due to injury while Lungi Ngidi is also unfit for the game on Monday.
On current form, the Caribbeans start favourites, even though it is a bit too early to write off South Africa, or any team for that matter.
Meanwhile, South Africa coach Ottis Gibson admitted on Saturday he was frustrated to have to deal with the row over AB de Villiers’ controversial late offer to play in the World Cup.
It has emerged that De Villiers contacted Gibson and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis to tell them he was willing to come out of retirement.
De Villiers’ offer had remained under wraps until after South Africa’s World Cup campaign plunged into crisis with a third successive defeat against India on Wednesday.
But it was agreed that De Villiers, who retired from international cricket last year, had left it too late to be called up because it would not have been fair to other players who had featured against Pakistan and Sri Lanka ahead of the World Cup.
When and what time will the South Africa vs West Indies match in ICC World Cup 2019 take place?
The South Africa vs West Indies match in ICC World Cup 2019 will take place on June 08, 3:00 PM IST. The toss will take place half an hour early at 2:30 PM IST.
Where will be the South Africa vs West Indies match in ICC World Cup 2019 held?
The South Africa vs West Indies match in ICC World Cup 2019 will be held at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Southampton.
Which channel will telecast South Africa vs West Indies match in ICC World Cup 2019?
The South Africa vs West Indies match in ICC World Cup 2019 will be aired live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2HD.
Players to Watch Out For
Quinton de Kock: Quinton de Kock has been underwhelming so far in the tournament, but the match against West Indies might just be the perfect time for him to step up and deliver for his side. The fact that the highest opening stand for South Africa so far in the World Cup is only 49 is not a good look for the team, and de Kock will look to do his bit to change that.
Andre Russell: Big Dre Russ is capable of turning the game on its head single-handedly. Lethal with the ball, devastating with the bat, Russell holds the key to West Indies’ success.
What are the squads for South Africa vs West Indies match in ICC World Cup 2019?
West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (wk), Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.