West Indies vs. South Africa 2021
4th T20I – Thu, 1st July
THE FINAL GAME
After a rough beginning to the series, South Africa have struck back with two crucial bowling performances, powered by Tabraiz Shamsi and Quinton de Kock. Combined with Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada, Shamsi has governed the West Indian batting roster, but the job is far from done.
The South Africans are one victory away from settling a memorable series success and would cash in on Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen to produce the goods with the bat.
Possible playing XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje and Tabraiz Shamsi.
The Windies, on the contrary, have fought for steadiness and botched to click as a team. Led by Kieron Pollard, West Indies have shown previews of what they are adept of doing and will expect for a complete performance to level the series on Thursday.
All eyes will be on wicketkeeper batsman Nicholas Pooran, who has underwhelmed this year in the T20 format, with the likes of Andre Russell and Evin Lewis also being crucial to the Windies’ destinies.
Possible playing XI: Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Obed McCoy and Fidel Edwards.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The fourth T20I game between South Africa and West Indies will be played at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada on Thursday.
Although the wicket at the National Cricket Stadium has slowed down as the series evolved, it should nevertheless offer a lot of runs. While the speedsters should get some swing early on, they will preferably revert to off-pace releases as the game progresses. The spin bowlers should play a more substantial role in this match, with wickets in hand being crucial for either team. With the wicket anticipated to slow down, both sides might choose batting first upon winning the toss. 160-170 should be a decent total, but both sides are more than competent of breaking the 180-run mark.
Although both sides look equally matched on paper, South Africa hold the advantage, owing to two successive victories in the series. Nevertheless, we should be in for a cracking match of T20 cricket at the National Cricket Stadium on Thursday.