This is a must won game for South Africa when they take on the West Indies, if they have any hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup. The Proteas have lost three from three while the West Indies will be kicking themselves that they didn’t get the result against Australia last time out. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds available in our FanBoosts section.
Last Chance Saloon
It’s last chance saloon for South Africa. They’ve lost their opening three matches and will have to win at least five of their remaining six to be in with a chance of reaching the last four.
They have, at least, already played the two pre-tournament favourites, showing a lot more spirit and fight against India most recently.
Although they fell short with the bat again, they squeezed an impressive Indian batting line-up and could have taken it down to the wire had they taken their catches.
Windies Let One Get Away
The West Indies will be disappointed not to have beaten Australia after reducing them to 79-5. It was another display of aggressive, hostile bowling, but they were unable to maintain their standards for 50 overs.
With injury doubts surrounding Andre Russell, particularly his bowling, the Proteas know that if they can survive the opening barrage then they could reap the rewards of the massive Ageas Bowl ground by manoeuvring this giant Windies outfit around the field.
However, their batting has been poor and lacks depth and overall this looks too tricky to call.
Yuv Chahal’s leg spin took four wickets against South Africa at this ground on Wednesday, but Imran Tahir was unable to get the same purchase and went 0-58 off his 10 overs.
South Africa v West Indies Betting Tips
Instead, the South African quicks looked the most dangerous and Andile Phehlukwayo took the prize wicket of Virat Kohli last time.
He bowled well against England as well and has also looked in good touch with the bat, scoring a decent 34 against India and was the unlucky man to be dismissed by Ben Stokes’ wonder catch in the opener.
Given his all-round ability, Phehlukwayo looks massively over-priced in the man of the match market.
It’s difficult to know what to make of the West Indies batting line-up. Obviously, they have raw power, but they failed to fire against the quality of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.
They face another quality seem attack here and it was actually the classier types Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran who looked the most comfortable against the Aussies.
What’s more, placing the ball for two’s and three’s is key at the Southampton venue, so preference is for more diminutive men.
Pooran, who comes in as high as no.4, has impressed in both games so far and is almost three points bigger than Hope.
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