Preview for SA vs WI Dream11 Contest:
After facing defeats in their respective opening matches of the T20 World Cup 2021, South Africa and the West Indies are in for an important game in Dubai on Tuesday (October 26) where a win would get their campaign back in order.
West Indies lost their first game to England at the same venue, while South Africa were drowned by the Australians in Abu Dhabi. In both those matches, while the two teams’ bowling attack put the opposition under pressure, their batting left a lot to be desired.
Both of them will be eyeing a complete performance as a victory gives them two crucial points in Group 1 of the Super 12s stage, whereas a defeat threatens to spoil the rest of their journey.
Probable Playing XI
South Africa – Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
West Indies – Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Obed McCoy
Weather Update: sunny; 35 degrees C; wind 14 km/h, humidity 40%
Pitch Report: There have been two contrasting fixtures in Dubai at this year’s T20 World Cup so far. The one, between England and West Indies, where the latter collapsed to 55 and the former lost 4 of their wickets chasing 56. And the other, between India and Pakistan, where 151 from the Indians looked well short of the par score. The latter, however, was the more accurate reflection of the track in Dubai, which would be touch dry in the afternoon but still true enough for batters to get their big shots going.
SA vs WI Dream11 Prediction
A lot will depend on the toss and how quickly the West Indies batters are mentally able to overcome their disastrous outing versus England. If West Indies bat first, Proteas spinners Shamsi and Maharaj would make their life extremely difficult in the scorching afternoon sun on a dry wicket. But batting second will allow them to get in the game a lot better since the track in Dubai tends to quicken up as the day progresses. If their batters get going, West Indies could be favourites. But if they falter, the Proteas may just inch ahead in this one.
SA vs WI Dream11 Captaincy Picks
1. Aiden Markram (9 credits)
Markram has been the most in-form South African batter. In the last game against the Aussies, the elegant right-hander made an impressive 40 even as no other South African batter reached 20 on the day. This year in T20Is, Markram has batted at a strike-rate of 145.45 while averaging 40.72. He is definitely one of the better captaincy picks for this game.
2. Quinton de Kock (10 credits)
Quinton De Kock hasn’t been at his best since the UAE leg of the IPL 2021. The left-hander made only 7 off his 12 balls versus Australia in South Africa’s first game. But there is little doubt in anyone’s mind that he remains a very fruitful captaincy option purely because of his ability to blast an opposition at the top of the order, plus offer safe glovework behind the stumps. De Kock has averaged 51.33 with a strike-rate of 133.14 in T20Is this year.
3. Anrich Nortje (9 credits)
Another rewarding captaincy choice at this stage is pacer Nortje, who has been terrific with the ball since entering UAE for the second half of IPL 2021. The Delhi Capitals (DC) quick picked up 12 wickets from his 8 outings while conceding just 6.16 runs per over. Nortje has enjoyed bowling on the dry, uneven surfaces in the Middle East because of his high-arm release and skiddish nature. In the first game against Australia, he was South Africa’s only few bright spots, taking 2/21 off his 4 overs.
SA vs WI Dream11 Budget Picks
1. Akeal Hosein (8.5 credits)
Hosein, the promising left-arm spinner, was the only bright spot for West Indies in their disastrous outing versus England. Hosein picked up 2/24 off his 4 overs and did create some sustained pressure on English batters through their little run-chase. Against a South African batting line-up not known for playing the spin the best, Hosein could prove very handy again in Dubai.
2. Keshav Maharaj (8.5 credits)
Heading into the Australia game, it was felt that South Africa may just drop Maharaj in favour of an extra pacer. But the orthodox left-arm spinner repaid the trust shown in him by the side in Abu Dhabi, conceding only 23 runs off his 4 overs with a wicket. Given how West Indies struggled against Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, Proteas are expected to persist with their second tweaker and he is likely to continue rewarding them for their trust.
3. Nicholas Pooran (8.5 credits)
To counter South Africa’s spin twins, West Indies will need their three middle-order left-handers Gayle, Pooran and Hetmyer to be at their best. Pooran, being an out-of-form player in recent times, would be the least expected to conquer the challenge posed by Shamsi and Maharaj. However, the Proteas won’t be able to take the young aggressive batter lightly, as he is still a very dangerous prospect with the bat. If Pooran finds his flow and rhythm, he can hit a flurry of sixes through the middle-overs against spin.
Mega League Team for SA vs WI Dream11 Contest
Nicholas Pooran (wk), Evin Lewis (vc), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Shimron Hetmyer, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Dwaine Pretorious, Akeal Hosein, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje (c)
Small/Head to Head Team for SA vs WI Dream11 Contest
Quinton de Kock (vc), Evin Lewis, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Keshav Maharaj, Akeal Hosein, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje