A dominant West Indies crushed South Africa to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match T20I series. A blistering half-century by Evin Lewis was enough for West Indies to decimate South Africa by 8 wickets in 15 overs. This is what West Indies brings to the table. They will deliver performances that will blow away an opposition. However, the problem with them over the years has been their consistency. Every now and then they will deliver a mind-boggling performance but won’t be able to put a string of such show. In the second T20I, West Indies won’t be challenged by South Africa but themselves. If they can match their performance of the first T20I, they will most probably come out on top.
Against this West Indies batting lineup, South Africa needed a massive score on the board, which wasn’t the case to be in the first T20I. The top four batsmen got decent starts but none of them went on to play a big knock. The Proteas could only manage 65 runs in their last nine overs and settled for a below par score of 160. This is not a new problem for South Africa as they have been facing this for a while. Once set, the players need to get a big score. South Africa will need around 200 runs to challenge the West Indians. The bowling looked venom-less in the first game and will need to better their performance in the next outing.
The surface in the first game was pretty decent to bat. The ball was coming nicely on to the bat. With back to back games, the wicket must have got slow which brings spinners in to the play. The pacers need to bowl good lines to trouble the batsmen as there is not much on offer for them.
Match – West Indies vs South Africa– 2nd T20I
Venue – National Cricket Stadium, St George’s Grenada
Time – 11:30 PM IST
Where to watch live – Fancode
Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Obed McCoy, Kevin Sinclair
Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi