WI vs SA Match Prediction - Who will win today's fifth T20I?

West Indies vs South Africa, 2021 Match Prediction – Who will win today’s 5th T20I match between WI vs SA?

The teams, batting second have lost the last three matches in Grenada.

Kieron Pollard of West Indies
Kieron Pollard of West Indies. (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

Preview  

West Indies, on Thursday, July 1, beat South Africa by 21 runs to draw level in the five-match T20I series. Kieron Pollard’s unbeaten 25-ball 51 followed by Dwayne Bravo’s four-wicket haul ripped the heart out of the Proteas.

The decider of the T20I series is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 1. The Caribbean team lost the Test series and the hosts would want to take home the T20 trophy.

As far as the Proteas are concerned, their batting has looked jittery barring Quinton de Kock’s heroics. It’s their bowlers, who have pulled them out of rabbit in both of their two wins in the T20I series.

Match Details

Match – West Indies vs South Africa – 4th match

Venue – National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada

Time – 11:30 PM IST, 06:00 PM GMT

Where to watch live – Fancode

Pitch Report

The pitch in Grenada is expected to be a sporting one thus far. The batters have been able to play their shots on the up. The track has also been helpful to the spinners as shown by Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde and Fabian Allen. Batting first should be the way forward as chasing has been a tad tough in the last three games.

Avg score: 174 (5 T20Is in Grenada)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 4, N/R – 0

Playing combination for WI vs SA

West Indies

Predicted XI

Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Fidel Edwards, Obed McCoy

Bench: Andre Fletcher, Hayden Walsh Jr, Akeal Hosein, Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Kevin Sinclair

South Africa

Predicted XI

Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, George Linde, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje

Bench: Janneman Malan, Bjorn Fortuin, Lizaad Williams, Kyle Verreynne, Andile Phehlukwayo, Sisanda Magala, Wiaan Mulder, Heinrich Klaasen

WI vs SA Head-to-Head

Overall

Played – 14 | West Indies – 6 | South Africa –8 | N/R – 0

In West Indies

Played – 6 | West Indies – 2 | South Africa – 4 | Draw – 0

Probable best batsman of the match

Quinton de Kock– South Africa

Quinton de Kock has performed exceptionally in the series thus far. The left-handed batter has notched 195 runs at an average and strike rate of 48.75 and 141.30 with two half-centuries to show for his efforts.

But he needs support from the other end as well. The southpaw can’t afford to drop his guard if South Africa have to make a comeback and win the series decider.

Probable best bowler of the match

Dwayne Bravo– West Indies

Dwayne Bravo might be at the fag end of his career, but he hasn’t run out of steam by any stretch of the imagination. In four matches, he has picked up nine wickets at an average of 11.44.

His economy of 6.86 is also the best among his teammates. In the previous game, he got four scalps for 19 runs and showed his class. Not to forget that he’s more than a handy batter.

Today’s match prediction: South Africa to win the match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.