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South Africa and West Indies are set to compete in a three-match ODI series with the first match taking place on Thursday, March 16. The two teams will meet at Buffalo Park in East London. The hosts South Africa head into the match as favourites with the odds of 2/7 (1.28) whereas West Indies have higher odds of 11/4 (3.75).
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- South Africa vs West Indies, 1st ODI
- March 16, 2023 – 11 AM GMT
- Buffalo Park, East London
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Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
Buffalo Park has not hosted an ODI in almost six years so how the pitch will play out remains unclear. Overall 22 ODIs have been played here with the average first innings score of 226. The last time South Africa played here, they scored 369/6 while batting first.
East London in South Africa is likely to witness some rain with breezy weather on Thursday. There’s 99% cloud cover with a 70% chance of precipitation.
South Africa vs West Indies – Match Predictions
South Africa have a considerably better ODI side compared to the Windies. Despite resting several key players, they have a potent bowling attack along with a good batting line-up. The visitors lack quality in the pace bowling department while their batters can be vulnerable on these pitches.
South Africa to hit most sixes
Magala to be South Africa's Top Bowler
The Proteas have some terrific players in the side as Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and Tristan Stubbs. West Indies do have players who are known to be six-hitters but they’re up against a good bowling line-up in potentially difficult conditions.
Our Prediction: South Africa to hit most sixes in the match at 11/10 (2.10).
Sisanda Magala has been in good form and had a great impact in the recent series against England. You can back him to be the top wicket-taker for South Africa at 13/4 (4.25). Akeal Hosein, the accurate left arm spinner could pose some problems to the South African batting unit. He is a good bet to be the top bowler for West Indies at 100/30 (4.33) odds.
Our Prediction: Sisanda Magala to be the highest wicket-taker for South Africa at 13/4 (4.25).
Man of the Match
Rassie van der Dussen has a terrific record in ODI cricket, having scored 1679 runs at an average of 67 and strike rate of 90. He is a good bet to be the player of the match with the odds of 9/1 (10.00). Apart from him, Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Sisanda Magala and Shai Hope are top candidates.
Our Prediction: Rassie van der Dussen to be the Man of the Match at 9/1 (10.00) odds.
South Africa vs West Indies Preview
After South Africa sealed the Test series by 2-0, the two teams shift their focus to the fifty-over format. Let’s take a look at both sides before they collide in the first ODI on Thursday.
South Africa faced the world champions England in late January, where they claimed a 2-1 series victory and strengthened their chances of qualifying for the WC. This series could be a good prep for their crucial fixtures versus the Netherlands.
Anrich Nortje is injured while Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Aiden Markram and Marco Jansen are rested. Ryan Rickelton, Tristan Stubbs and Gerald Coetzee are likely to get opportunities in the absence of senior players.
Squad: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Ryan Rickelton, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Gerald Coetzee, Sisanda Magala, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
West Indies last played ODIs back in August last year when they hosted New Zealand. The men in maroon won the first game but lost the next two to concede another series. Nicholas Pooran had stepped down from captaincy after repeated failures, with Shai Hope taking over as the ODI captain.
West Indies will be without Alzarri Joseph in the ODI leg, meaning Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel and Romario Shepherd could form the pace attack. Akeal Hosein and Yannic Cariah handle the spin department.
Squad: Shai Hope (c), Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Romario Shepherd, Yannic Cariah, Shannon Gabriel
How to Watch South Africa vs West Indies Series in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
The UK viewers can witness the ODI series between South Africa and West Indies on Sky Sports Cricket. Live streaming will also be available on the SkyGo application.
- Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
- SkyGo app (Streaming)