South Africa won the test series against the West Indies with ease and is certainly the favorite going into the T20 matches as well. SA vs WI 1st T20I is going to be in Grenada. West Indies will have more or less a completely different lineup when compared to its test team and so that is something to think about. T20 cricket has been the favorite format of West Indian players in the past as well and its players are considered among the best in the world. As a team, however, the team can falter and fail to live up to expectations. South Africa is also going to welcome a number of new faces and both teams work towards getting their squads ready for the World Cup. An excellent match to bet on.
SA vs WI 1st T20I 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
West Indies has a fantastic amount of power in its lineup and that has to be its biggest strength. Every player in the lineup is capable of clearing the boundary with ease and help win matches. The fact that all of its players play T20 cricket around the world makes them very dangerous as well. They have played against the best teams and are used to their tactics. The weakness would have to the bowling. West Indies does not have a very strong bowling attack and that is where the South Africans can take advantage.
South Africa is coming into this match with a bowling attack that just dominated the West Indies. It is going to be a big advantage for players like Lungi Ngidi, Kaiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje to target the West Indians once again. The bowling attack that South Africa has is clearly superior to the West Indies. While we would not call South Africa's batting weak, it is certainly not as strong as what the West Indies has. There are also some inexperienced players that are going to be put under a tremendous amount of pressure in this match.
Players in form
West Indies will be hoping for fireworks from Kieron Pollard, their captain. He hit six sixes in one over in their previous series against Sri Lanka and is one of the best batsmen in this format. They also have Andre Russell and Chris Gayle available to them who are legends of the T20 format. If even one of them gets going, West Indies is going to be tough to stop.
Anrich Nortje is the bowler that has been in tremendous form for South Africa. He is brilliant in the IPL and T20 cricket suits him very well. He always gets some bounce from a good length and makes it difficult for the batters to line him up. David Miller was also scoring runs for his team in the PSL and is in very good form.
The match is being played in Grenada and the weather could be a problem. There is some rain expected. This is a high-scoring venue and we should see plenty of runs being scored.
- There has been only one T20 international played here where the West Indies lost to Ireland
- West Indies and South Africa have played against each other ten times in T20 cricket with South Africa winning six times
- Three out of the most recent four matches have been won by West Indies
South Africa's bowling gives it an excellent opportunity to win this match. Its players are more used to playing together as a team and that can sometimes be an issue for the West Indies. The home team plays a high-risk style of cricket that could backfire in SA vs WI 1st T20I 2021.
Winner: South Africa (1.95)