It is the first game of a three-match ODI series. South Africa will try to take an early lead against the West Indies. They haven’t lost a home series since 2021 and recently defeated a strong English side. The West Indies arrive here after losing a series to New Zealand, and they have struggled in ODI cricket in recent months.
The West Indies are going through a difficult period. They have only won one of their last ten games, and the constant turnover of players hasn’t helped the team. The team has struggled in the past against South Africa. The South Africans have a strong record at this venue and will look to extend their winning streak with a victory.
The 1st ODI between South Africa vs West Indies will take place on March 16th, 2023 at Buffalo Park, East London.
Match Details to Note
Match: South Africa vs West Indies, 1st ODI, West Indies tour of South Africa, 2023
Date: March 16, 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 4:30 PM IST
Venue: Buffalo Park, East London
The hosts won the two-match Test series comfortably, and Temba Bavuma will look to carry that momentum into the ODIs. They are missing some key players who are competing in T20 leagues. They do, however, have a strong squad, and Bavuma will look to establish his team’s authority in the game and take an early lead in the series.
Openers Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock will look to get things going in this game. Temba Bavuma must bat third and add runs with Rassie van der Dussen and Tristan Stubbs. Andile Phehlukwayo and Wiaan Mulder can hit the ball hard, and the team will rely on them for runs later in the order.
Lungi Ngidi and Bjorn Fortuin must bowl good spells with the new ball and get the best out of this wicket. Andile Phehlukwayo and Anrich Nortje are experienced bowlers who must control the scoring rate. Keshav Maharaj must perform well in the supporting role, despite the fact that the wicket will not help him.
Temba Bavuma (captain), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Tony de Zorzi, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Lungi Ngidi, Ryan Rickelton, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Lizaad Williams, Rassie van der Dussen
Possible Playing XI:
Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tristan Stubbs, Wiaan Mulder
Shai Hope takes over as captain, becoming the fourth ODI captain in the last three years. In his debut game as captain, he will face formidable opposition and will need to get the most out of his players. The team’s management would like to see Hope take the lead and end their losing streak.
Shai Hope and Rovmann Powell must get off to a good start, as this has been one of the team’s biggest issues. In the middle order, the team would like to see runs from Roston Chase, Brandon King, and Shamarah Brooks. Pooran is a fantastic striker who will need to score more goals down the line with Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers.
South Africa has a strong batting lineup, so early wickets will be critical to their success. Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel will be expected to put on a good show with the new ball for the team. Jason Holder must bring his experience to the game and bowl good lines with Kyle Mayers in the middle overs. Akeal Hosein and Chase must perform admirably in their supporting roles.
Shai Hope (captain), Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Keecy Carty, Roston Chase, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith
Possible Playing XI:
Shai Hope (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Rovmann Powell, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Shannon Gabriel
South Africa vs West Indies Head to Head
South Africa vs West Indies Head to Head Stats in ODIs
South Africa vs West Indies Toss Prediction
The weather will be a deciding factor in the coin toss. In the early overs, the wicket will have a lot of bounce and pace. The team that wins the toss will look to capitalise on the conditions and will not hesitate to bowl first.
South Africa vs West Indies Pitch Report
Buffalo Park in East London has short boundaries, allowing batsmen to play their strokes freely. The surface has bounce and movement, and fast bowlers enjoy bowling on it. It is a difficult venue for spinners because the ball does not grip the surface, allowing batsmen to score easily.
There will be a thick cloud cover in East London, and rain is possible during the game. The wicket is flat, but bowlers will benefit from the surface. In this game, the team batting first will aim for a total of 280 runs, which can be defended with quality bowling.
South Africa vs West Indies Prediction
The West Indies enter this series in poor form. Their batsmen have a poor record in South Africa, and they will be put to the test on a surface that aids bowlers greatly. South Africa has a strong batting lineup as well as a potent pace attack. They haven’t lost a game here in over two decades, so they’re favourites. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
South Africa is the favourite to beat West Indies at the odds of 1.28.
South Africa vs West Indies Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Lungi Ngidi is a wicket-taker with a high strike rate in this format. In the absence of Kagiso Rabada, he is the spearhead.