T20 is an unpredictable format but when you have South Africa and West Indies as the two competing teams, it gets even more unpredictable. The second T20I between the two sides was not very different from the first game barring West Indies ended up on the wrong side this time around. Just like the series opener, South Africa batsmen failed to convert their starts into big scores. Consequently, they had to settle for an average score of 166. West Indies demolished a similar total in the first game thus they would have been confident of chasing this.
However, the batting crumbled like a pack of cards, displaying the vulnerability in their batting order. They were restricted to 150-9 and suffered a humiliating loss by 16 runs. South Africa might have won the game but their inability to post big scores is a major concern for them, especially with T20 World Cup just a few months away. They scored 65 in their last 9 overs in the first match and could only manage 69 and lost six wickets in the final 10 overs in the second game.
Both South Africa and West Indies have plenty to rectify before the third game. South Africa need to learn the art of converting starts into big scores while West Indies batsmen have to be a lot more consistent, a bit more patient too.
The low scores might suggest the wicket is not good for batting but it’s not the surface but some poor batting from the teams. A score of around 180 is easily achievable on this belter.
Match – West Indies vs South Africa– 3rd 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