The bowlers had a field day in the second game, as South Africa chased down a 259-run target to win by 6 wickets and level the series. The hosts took a methodical approach to the chase, and they will be confident going into the series finale. West Indies will be under pressure in this game following their loss in the previous game and will need to make a strong comeback.
South Africa’s openers appear to be in excellent form, giving the team confidence. They have won five out of the last seven games against West Indies and play in their backyard. West Indies bowlers have struggled in both games, and the side depends on its batting line-up to win them games. Both teams have a lot riding on this game, and we expect another high-scoring affair on a flat track.
The 3rd T20I between South Africa vs West Indies will take place on March 28th, 2023 at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
Match Details to Note
Match: South Africa vs West Indies, 3rd T20I, West Indies tour of South Africa, 2023
Date: March 28, 2023 (Tuesday)
Time: 9:30 PM IST
Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Aiden Markram will be pleased with his batsmen’s performance in leading the side to a record win by chasing down a big score. His opponents have the best T20 players in the world, and Markram will expect a determined approach from his team. The South African captain would be concerned about the form of his bowlers and would expect a better performance from them.
Openers Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock set up a 152-run stand in the previous game and would like to get things going again. Rilee Rossouw is a strong hitter who, along with David Miller and Aiden Markram, forms a formidable middle order. The team bats deep, and they can expect Heinrich Klassen, Marco Jansen, and Wayne Parnell to score runs.
The bowling attack must improve, and the team will need tight spells and wickets with the new ball from Parnell and Markram. Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen must bowl in the appropriate areas. Jansen and Tarbaiz Shamsi add depth to this bowling attack.
Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Aiden Markram(c), Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen, Wayne Parnell, Sisanda Magala, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin, Tristan Stubbs
Players to watch out for:
Quinton de Kock
After rehabilitating himself with a solid century in the second T20I, De Kock will be expected to counter-attack the WI bowling lineup in the upcoming game.
With De Kock securing all the limelight, Hendricks’ power-packed 68-run innings off just 28 balls in the 2nd T20I was undoubtedly overshadowed.
Having conceded the fewest runs in the second T20I, Rabada will be looking for wickets in the decider.
Possible Playing XI:
Aiden Markram (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen, Wayne Parnell, Sisanda Magala, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
Rovmann Powell would be curious as to what struck them in the previous game. His batsmen put up one of the most incredible performances in the last game, only to end up on the losing side due to the lack of discipline of their bowlers. With the hosts gaining momentum, Powell will be looking for a strong performance from his bowlers.
Brandon King and Kyle Mayers are both capable hitters who must get off to a strong start in this game. Johnson Charles appears to be in good form after his century in the previous game, and he would like to form partnerships with Rovmann Powell and Nicholas Pooran. Romario Shephard, Odean Smith, and Jason Holder add solidity to this line-up.
South Africa shredded their bowling in the previous game, and the team will need tight spells from Akeal Hosain and Sheldon Cottrell with the new ball. Jason Holder must put his experience to good use in the middle overs alongside Odean Smith and Shephard. Raymon Reifer and Powell add depth to this attack.
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran(w), Rovman Powell(c), Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Jason Holder, Raymon Reifer, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Yannic Cariah
Players to watch out for:
Despite scoring 118 runs at a strike rate of 256, Charles believes his team did not win the game. Looking for vengeance, there is no doubt that this 34-year-old will play in the same manner.
This opening batsman is also coming off a strong half-century in the second T20.
Given his recent form, Cottrell will be looking to capitalize on the new ball in Johannesburg.
Possible Playing XI:
Rovman Powell (c), Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Jason Holder, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Sheldon Cottrell
South Africa vs West Indies Top Team Batsmen
We recommend you select Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, and David Miller from South Africa’s batting lineup. While the former two are coming off a 152-run partnership in the second ODI, Miller was the only home batsman to get going in the first game of this series.
We recommend you select Johnson Charles, Rovman Powell, and Kyle Mayers from the West Indian batting lineup. All three of these batsmen have kept their cool throughout the series and have comfortably faced the pace of the Proteas’ bowling lineup.
South Africa vs West Indies Top Team Bowlers
We recommend you select Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, and Marco Jansen from the home team’s bowling lineup. While Jansen took three wickets in the previous game, Shamsi and Rabada will be key in picking up wickets in the middle overs.
Given the condition of the upcoming venue’s track, Raymon Reifer, Jason Holder, and Akeal Hosein would be ideal picks from the West Indies bowling lineup. Holder and Reifer will be in charge of limiting South Africa in the death overs, while the latter will lead the unit with the new ball.
South Africa vs West Indies Head to Head
South Africa vs West Indies Head to Head Stats in T20s
South Africa vs West Indies Toss Prediction
It’s a high-scoring location, and defending totals has never been easy. The bowlers will receive some assistance early in the game, and batting will become easier as the game progresses. The team that wins the toss should not be hesitant to bowl first in this game.
South Africa vs West Indies Pitch Report
The New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, is the best batting track in South Africa and has a fast outfield. Batsmen have always enjoyed batting here as the ball comes onto the bat easily. It is a difficult wicket to bowl on, and bowlers must deceive the batsmen to earn their wickets.
On March 28, the weather in Johannesburg is expected to be partly cloudy with a chance of light rain. With true pace and bounce, the pitch has been good for batting over the years. To make the game competitive, the team batting first would need to score more than 200 runs.
South Africa vs West Indies Prediction
West Indies come into this game after the worst bowling performance we have seen recently. Their batsmen are in good form, but the side will need its bowlers to complement them in this game. South Africa has a strong batting lineup and a bowling attack capable of making the most of this track. It makes the hosts favorites to win the game and the series 2-1. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
South Africa is the favourite to beat West Indies at the odds of 1.50.
South Africa vs West Indies Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s veteran opening batsman, scored his century off just 44 balls and led the opening partnership to 152 runs until the 11th over. Given the form Quinton de Kock has chosen, bouncing back from a golden duck in the first T20, we expect the 30-year-old to score more than 50 runs in the third T20I.