ICC World Cup 2019: Warm-Up Match 5, South Africa vs Windies: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
South Africa have a few options to make changes while Chris Gayle is likely to play as well.
Published - May 25, 2019 8:39 pm | Updated - May 25, 2019 8:39 pm
South Africa and Windies will faceoff first time in nearly three years in any format as their last meeting was in the ODI Tri-Series in mid-2016 hosted by the Caribbean Islands. South Africa began their campaign in England with a comfortable victory over the Sri Lankans on Friday. Top-order contributions powered the Proteas to 338/7 and Sri Lanka were bundled out to 251/10 in the response. The return of Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada were positives for them.
On the other hand, Windies ended up as runners up in the Tri-Nation ODI series in Ireland where they lost to Bangladesh in three encounters. The Caribbean team can take the confidence from the drawn ODI series at home when they had Chris Gayle striking big at the top. The 2-time Cricket World Cup winners are blessed with the return of Andre Russell who was in a devastating form during the recently concluded IPL.
The 5th warm-up game of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between South Africa and Windies at County Ground in Bristol.
The match starts at 10:30 AM local time (9:30 AM GMT) (3:00 PM IST).
The game will be live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD. Live streaming available on Hotstar.
The Pakistan-Afghanistan game played at this venue witnessed a bit of turn for the spinners. It was the same track used for a high-scoring ODI between England and Pakistan last week. A different track for the 2nd warm-up game at the venue could produce 300+ totals.
Average 1st innings score: 300 (Last 5 List A matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XI:
Faf du Plessis (C), David Miller, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock (WK), Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (C), Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope (wk), Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell.
(Will be added when there is an update.)
In nine ODI innings as an opener, Shai Hope scored 848 runs with four centuries and three fifties. His average of 121.14 is twice the 2nd best among the players with 500+ ODI runs as an opener. Gayle could feature in this warm-up as there is only a gap of two rest days between their 2nd warm-up and the first game in the main tournament. This would be mean Shai might bat at No.3 with Gayle and Lewis opening.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Quinton de Kock is set to feature in this game after resting against Sri Lanka. Hashim Amla might play too as the veteran batsman needs to be full on confidence heading into the big event. Chris Gayle might prefer to play this game and thus could be your pick.
Other Captain/Vice-captain options – Faf du Plessis, Jason Holder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Morris, Hashim Amla.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Quinton de Kock (C), Shai Hope (VC)
Batters – Hashim Amla, Chris Gayle, Rassie van der Dussen, Evin Lewis
All-Rounders – Andile Phehlukwayo, Jason Holder
Bowlers – Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Sheldon Cottrell
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keepers – Quinton de Kock, Shai Hope
Batters – Faf du Plessis (VC), David Miller, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer (C)
All-Rounders – Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite
Bowlers – Imran Tahir, Dale Steyn, Ashley Nurse
South Africa rested Quinton de Kock and Dale Steyn in the first warm-up. De Kock might comeback for Aiden Makram at the top. Faf du Plessis had a good first game and might only bat if the Saffers really need it.
South Africa are expected to head into the World Cup with two wins in the warm-up matches.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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