After two rain-affected matches, South Africa and the West Indies finally played their first ODI match in which the Windies triumphed over the hosts by a margin of 48 runs. Many had predicted an easy win for South Africa at home, but despite Temba Bavuma’s impressive knock of 144 runs, it was not enough to surpass the Windies’ total of 335. Shai Hope’s unbeaten 128 runs and Alzarri Joseph’s 3/53 helped secure the victory for the visiting team. The win was a significant one for the Windies, and it has set the stage for an exciting final ODI match, followed by a best-of-three T20 series between the two teams, which concludes on March 28th.
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After two rained-out matches, the West Indies finally defeated South Africa in an ODI match by 48 runs, shocking many who had predicted an easy win for the hosts.
While South Africa’s captain, Bavuma, scored a massive 144 runs, the team’s batting support was lacking with van der Russen scoring only eight runs and de Kock picking up 48 runs. The SA batters struggled on the slow pitch, with new batters Ryan Rickleton, Tony de Zorzi, and Tristan Stubbs showing poor performances, but hopefully they will improve as they gain more experience. Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi also had a terrible game with 0/76 and a high economy rate of 7.60, which was a major drawback for the team.
Bavuma has been in good form recently, with a century in the last Test match as well, but the lack of support from the rest of the batting order is a concern. Bowler Coetzee showed promise with 3/57, and Ngidi’s poor performance was uncharacteristic, so there is room for improvement in the team’s bowling attack.
South Africa will need to improve their batting and bowling performances if they hope to win the final ODI match and the upcoming T20 series against the West Indies. The slow pitch and the spinner Hosein’s performance highlighted weaknesses in the SA batters’ skills. However, with Bavuma in top form and potential in the bowling attack, the team still has a chance to bounce back.
South Africa Playing 11
Aiden Markram, Bjorn Fortuin, David Miller, Gerald Coetzee, Heinrich Klaasen, Lungi Ngidi, Marco Jansen, Rassie van der Dussen, Ryan Rickelton, Tony de Zorzi, Wayne Parnell
After two rained out matches, the West Indies finally won against South Africa in their third ODI match.
On a good batting pitch, the Windies chose to bat first and amassed an impressive 335 runs, thanks to a sensational unbeaten 128 by Shai Hope. Although Pooran and Brooks had low scores, Hope’s batting form seems to have returned at the right time.
In the bowling department, Hosein and Joseph were the key performers, taking three wickets each and keeping the opposition in check. However, Holder’s performance was subpar, as he failed to take a wicket and went for 45 runs in seven overs.
Hope has been in good form in recent T20 matches, but his century was unexpected, especially after his recent highest score of 91* in a T20 match in January. If Hope and Pooran can maintain their good form, the Windies could have a strong chance of winning the next match.
The upcoming match will be played on a new pitch, which may present different challenges to the Windies. If their bowling and batting performances can be consistent, they have a good chance of winning the series.
West Indies Playing 11
Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran, Odean Smith, Rovman Powell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Yannick Cariah
Team Summary – South Africa vs West Indies, 3rd ODI
- Won the 1st ODI against South Africa by 48 runs.
- Scored an impressive 335 runs on a good batting pitch.
- Shai Hope’s unbeaten 128 runs from 115 deliveries (including 5 fours and 7 sixes) was the highlight of their batting.
- Hosein (3/49) and Joseph (3/53) were the key bowlers in the game.
- Spinner Hosein was efficient with an economy rate of 5.90 after bowling the full 10 overs.
- Hoping to repeat the performance in the next game.
- Lost the 1st ODI against West Indies by 48 runs.
- Bavuma’s massive 144 runs was the only highlight of their batting performance.
- Struggled with new batters Ryan Rickleton, Tony de Zorzi, and Tristan Stubbs.
- Ngidi had a bad day with 0/76 and a high economy rate.
- Coetzee was impressive with 3/57.
- Will be hoping for a better batting performance in the next game.
Pitch And Conditions
There is a prediction of light rain on the match day, but it is unlikely to have a significant impact on the game.
The pitch at Senwes Park is expected to be bouncer and faster than the previous pitch, which should assist bowlers like Joseph and Ngidi. Batters will have an advantage if they time their shots well and use the fast outfield to score boundaries.
The game promises to be an exciting contest with both teams looking to take the lead in the series. The weather may play a small role but the pitch is expected to be conducive to good cricket.
South Africa vs West Indies – Betting Tips
The change in pitch conditions for the third ODI between South Africa and West Indies adds a new dimension to the game. The South African top order will be expected to perform better, especially de Kock and van der Russen, who will need to support Bavuma in scoring runs. Ngidi is not expected to bowl as poorly as he did in the previous game, and Coetzee is likely to improve in performance.
The West Indies will be a tough opponent as always, but it’s unlikely that Hope will repeat his century performance, and Hosein may not be as effective on the new pitch. Despite this, it’s expected to be a close game, with South Africa ultimately emerging as the winner with a better performance. Although the odds aren’t in favor of South Africa, they are expected to bounce back and prove why they are the favorites.
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