South Africa vs West Indies – The events leading up to this game have been quite interesting. With the Border Gavaskar Trophy results influencing this tie significantly, South Africa may still have a chance to reach the WTC Final. West Indies are playing for pride and will look to display a much better performance.
When it comes to the WTC Final qualification scenarios, South Africa finds itself in an amusing situation. With a chance to reach the finals still alive, they will go all out to defeat the West Indies. While they would like to play in the final, they are reliant on the Australians to pull off an upset against India.
West Indies, who are already out of contention for the WTC Finals, will be playing for pride and will give it their all. They would be disappointed with their performance in the previous game and would want to put their best foot forward in difficult South African conditions.
The 2nd Test between South Africa vs West Indies will take place on March 8th, 2023 at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
Match Details to Note
Match: South Africa vs West Indies, 2nd Test, West Indies tour of South Africa, 2023
Date: March 08, 2023 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
South Africa would have been desperate to get a win in the first test of this series after suffering three losses and one draw. Even if they were playing at home, where they are extremely dominant, there would have been jitters.
South Africa batted first and put up a massive total of 342, making the most of the conditions. Aiden Markram, who was also responsible for setting a target in the second innings, ensured that South Africa got off to a great start. Aiden Makram continued his stunning form, scoring 115 in the first innings, followed by a mighty impressive 47.
The bowling department had returned to its former glory. South Africa cruised to yet another home win after dismissing West Indies for 212 in the first innings and 159 in the second. While Nortje took a wicket in the first innings, Kagiso Rabada took 8 wickets in the test match, including a six-wicket haul in the second innings.
Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Tony de Zorzi, Temba Bavuma(c), Ryan Rickelton, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Simon Harmer, Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada, Keegan Petersen, Senuran Muthusamy, Marco Jansen
Players to watch out for:
Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada
Possible Playing XI:
Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Tony de Zorzi, Temba Bavuma(c), Keegan Petersen, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Senuran Muthusamy, Marco Jansen, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Gerald Coetzee
Coming into this series off the back of a win against Zimbabwe, West Indies would have been extremely confident of picking up another impressive win. But what happened was quite different, as their lack of experience revealed, but they did manage to put up a good fight.
The bowling department would have hoped for early wickets if they had been put in first, but that did not happen. They conceded 342 in the first innings, but made up for it by bowling out South Africa for 116 in the second, and you’d think they might actually have a chance. Alzari Joseph hit a six in the first innings, and Kemar Roach hit a six in the second.
The batting lineup was unable to replicate the bowlers’ form. Being bowed out for 212 meant that they were already a long way behind. Even though they were able to limit South Africa to a target of 247, it proved to be too much as they were bowled out for 159 in the second innings. Raymon Reifer scored 62 in the first innings and Jermaine Blackwood scored 79 in the second, but both were in vain as they failed to win.
Kraigg Brathwaite(c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Raymon Reifer, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Kyle Mayers, Joshua Da Silva(w), Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Gudakesh Motie, Alick Athanaze, Akeem Jordan, Devon Thomas
Players to watch out for:
Raymon Reifer, Jermaine Blackwood, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach
Possible Playing XI:
Kraigg Brathwaite(c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Raymon Reifer, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva(w), Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
South Africa vs West Indies Top Team Batsmen
On Day 1, the opening pair of left-handed Dean Elgar and right-handed Aiden Markram proved too strong for the West Indies, putting on 141 for the first wicket. Markram went on to hit 115 before making 47 in the second innings, and South Africa’s chances in this match will depend on the openers once again.
West Indies were well set on 169-3, responding to South Africa’s first innings total of 342, when their final seven wickets fell for only 43 runs. Raymon Reifer and Jermaine Blackwood both scored half centuries in the first Test.
South Africa vs West Indies Top Team Bowlers
South Africa’s pace bowling attack was at its best in Centurion, with Anrich Nortje taking 5-36 in the first innings and Kagiso Rabada taking 6-50 in the second. Both Marco Jansen and Gerald Coetzee will enjoy the climate in Johannesburg.
Alzarri Joseph led the West Indies bowling attack once again, taking seven wickets in the first game of the series, including a five-wicket haul in the first innings. Kemar Roach, who took a five-wicket haul in the first Test, will cause problems on this pitch.
South Africa vs West Indies Head to Head
South Africa vs West Indies Head to Head Stats in Tests
South Africa vs West Indies Toss Prediction
The pitch is batsman-friendly and has a history of holding up over four innings. Batting in the fourth innings is difficult, but teams usually bat first after winning the toss. Teams batting first have won 17 of the 38 games played, while teams bowling first have won only 11 games. Teams will attempt to win the coin toss and bat first.
South Africa vs West Indies Pitch Report
Johannesburg, South Africa is home to the Wanderers Stadium. The stadium, which seats 34000 people, is one of the best in South Africa.
The weather forecast appears to be cloudy with a high chance of rain. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be between 28°C and 16°C.
South Africa vs West Indies Prediction
South Africa enters the situation with nothing to lose and a lot to gain if things go their way. Given that they are at home, all they want is another dominant performance and to win this test match and series. West Indies, on the other hand, came within a whisker of winning the previous game and will be looking to improve their performance and give it their all in the second test. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
South Africa is the favourite to beat West Indies at the odds of 1.15.
South Africa vs West Indies Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Aiden Markram scored over 150 runs in the first Test and we expect him to be South Africa’s highest run scorer in this game.