South Africa vs West Indies
Group B- Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi
February 24, 2011
Just as it was at the 2003 World Cup, South Africa’s tournament opener at the 2011 edition is against the West Indies in the Indian capital city of New Delhi. Bet on South Africa vs West Indies with PaddyPower after reading our betting preview at Sportsbookie.com.
The South Africans lost that game by a narrow margin of 3 runs. However Brian Lara, their tormentor that evening in Cape Town, is not present in this game for the West Indies. At the same time, many changes have taken place in the South African squad. The Proteas will have only survivor from that game when they take the field on the 24th- veteran all rounder Jacques Kallis, who seems to be ageing like good wine.
The West Indies are not quite the force they were in the initial years of the World Cup. Much of their hopes hinge on the hard hitting Chris Gayle at the top of the order, and the Guyanese duo of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan in the middle order. All rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard lend balance to the squad, although the latter has not quite been able to replicate his T20 club heroics for country.
South Africa won both their warm up games, including a comprehensive defeat of Australia. Imran Tahir has looked impressive and could make his Proteas debut against the Windies. Coach Corrie Van Zyl has to decide whether to go with three tweakers or two, but the Kotla pitch has historically been a good one for spinners ( Anil Kumble’s 10 wicket haul came here)
West Indies and South Africa also met in the quarterfinals of the 1996 World Cup. South Africa, who had won all their previous games, were blown away by a Brian Lara century and limped out of the tournament.
Verdict:- South Africa should be able to beat the Windies this time, although a lot will depend on how they contain Gayle and Sarwan at the top, and Bravo and Pollard in the middle.
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