If you enjoy T20 cricket, then you should keep a close watch on the 5 match T20 series between the West Indies and South Africa. The West Indies have one of the most talented T20 sides in World Cricket while the Proteas are looking to rebuild their T20 squad and prepare for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.
The first T20 was a one sided affair as the West Indies dominated proceedings and went on to have a comfortable win. They won by 8 wickets and with 5 overs remaining to show South Africa that they need to step up their game in the second T20 on June 27 or they could end up losing the series very quickly.
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West Indies vs. South Africa – Betting Odds
The West Indies go in as heavy betting favorites after their thumping win in the first T20 and have odds of 1.57 on Bet365 while the Proteas have odds of 2.37. While the West Indies are favorites to win, don’t write South Africa off as they are playing at home and should find it easier to bounce back as the conditions favour them more than the West Indies.
The West Indies know that South Africa are under pressure after losing the first T20 and must look to impose more pressure and take a 2-0 lead in the series. South Africa on the other hand knows that they must level the series 1-1 or else they will be under pressure to win all of the three remaining games to keep the series alive.
West Indies vs. South Africa – Predictions
The West Indies have a rather settled team and are responding well to the leadership of Kieron Pollard. Their squad is packed with T20 specialists who have the ability to win the game with either bat or ball on any given day. The Proteas could not get going against the West Indies in Game 1 as their bowlers kept picking up wickets at regular intervals.
Fabian Allen was the pick of the bowlers in the first T20 taking 2 wickets and conceding just 18 runs in his 4 overs. The Proteas cannot let him get away with this again as they need to be more aggressive against Allen?
South Africa also have a number of talented batsmen in their line-up but a number of them look out of form. The problem for South Africa is that their captain T Bavuma is not the best T20 specialist in the world and it is difficult for a team to do well when their captain is not leading from the front.
If Bavuma continues to fail with the bat, it is going to be difficult for South Africa to win this series.
West Indies vs. South Africa – Verdict
We expect the West Indies to once again come out firing and put the pressure on South Africa. If South Africa is going to win, they need an outstanding performance from either Quinton de Kock or Rassie van der Dussen with the bat. They also need the likes of KG Rabada, L Ngidi and A Nortje to bowl fast and make it difficult for the West Indies to score.
We are going to back the West Indies to win the second T20 and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
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