South Africa v West Indies Cricket World Cup Tips, Predictions and Preview - Proteas search for first win

Quinton De Kock (PA Images)

Struggling to stay afloat in the tournament after three straight losses, South Africa face a massive test of character when they face a dangerous West Indies side at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Monday.

Losses to England (104 runs), Bangladesh (21 runs) and India (six wickets) meant that the Proteas now need to win each of their remaining six matches to qualify for the knockouts. As for the Windies, it’s 1-1 after they surprised Pakistan (seven wickets) and nearly pulled one against Australia (15 runs).

South Africa


Batting inconsistencies are hounding South Africa and pulling them down. Quinton de Kock is yet to fire, while Hashim Amla is struggling. Rassie van der Dussen seems to be the only one consistently among the runs.

However, the biggest concern for South Africa is their tryst with injuries. While Dale Steyn is injured and out of the tournament, impressive fast bowler Lungi Ngidi is a doubt again with his hamstring injury. With just Kagiso Rabada showing the usual grit and tenacity, there’s no wonder that the Proteas are struggling.

West Indies


Windies, it must be said, have been the surprise package of the tournament so far. While their bowling was top notch in the match against Pakistan, their batting almost did the job against Australia. They have every reason to believe that the umpiring howlers worked against them in that match, but the inability of the middle-order to close out the game is a worry.

Bowlers have been extremely impressive for the Windies, led by Oshane Thomas (six wickets). However, it is the impact performances of Andre Russell (SR 136.36, four wickets @ ER 4.09) which are making a huge difference for the Windies.

Match Up


South Africa’s batting has been horrendous this tournament and their morale has taken a beating too. Captain Faf du Plessis is running short of excuses, but if being in a no-return zone can spur them on, nothing like that.

The Windies will be smarting under the loss against Australia, because of their middle-order inefficiencies. However, West Indies look a stronger unit on paper and should hope to get their bowlers enjoy playing against a struggling South African batting unit.

History & Statistics


  • In seven of the last ten matches at this venue, the team batting first has won.
  • South Africa have lost their last four World Cup matches, their worst streak.
  • The Proteas have won their last three World Cup matches against Windies.
  • Windies have won just three of their last 22 H2H matches, but those have come in their last six.
  • Windies have lost eight of their last 12 World Cup matches.

Key Players


Quinton de Kock is so vital for South Africa that often it is his strong starts that put them on the front foot. With the Windies’ pacers expected to come hard at them, South Africa will hope for more from their opener.

Andre Russell had a great chance to win the game against Australia, but for his adrenaline rush. His fitness is still under the cloud and his bowling is still the surprise element, but his powerful batting is much appreciated.

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South Africa v West Indies Cricket World Cup Tips, Predictions and Preview - Proteas search for first win

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