BASSETERRE, St Kitts – The West Indies are back in business on Wednesday afternoon as they face South Africa in Match 6 of the Ballr Cup Tri Nation ODI Series. The Windies are in good form with the win on Monday night against Australia.
Following that impressive performance they will look to make it back-to-back wins when they face the Proteas on a good pitch at the picturesque Warner Park. First ball: 1pm (12 noon Jamaica Time).
At this stage the Windies are in second spot in the standings with 8 points (three matches), behind Australia on 9 points (four matches). South Africa are in third spot on 5 points (three matches).
West Indies opener Johnson Charles who gave the innings a jump start with 48 off 38 balls said the team is on a high and looking forward to Wednesday’s clash. They are also buoyed following their recent success – which also included a four-wicket win over South Africa in the opening match in Guyana.
“The win against Australia was a very good one and we know that is exactly what was required. We bowled well and fielded brilliantly and then as batsmen we finished off the job.It was a good team effort and we showed we can play well in all three departments and deliver the goods,” Charles said.
“The game against South Africa will be a different kind of challenge, but we are confident. We are really looking forward to this game. Back-to-back wins would be great for us and that would take us to the top of the table, so we are focused on what is to come. We have celebrated the win over the Australians and we are ready to face the South Africans.”
South Africa will also be eyeing a victory. According to experienced batsman Hashim Amla: “You have to always look at things as a whole and as a team … it’s not necessarily the batsmen or the bowlers. It’s a collective effort in the field as well as with the bat.”
He added: “We’re all extremely hungry to turn it around and get back to winning ways and leave this competition as winners. It’s still early and we just want to take it game by game.”
West Indies: Jason Holder (C), Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Fletcher, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Jonathan Carter, Sunil Narine, Sulieman Benn, Ashley Nurse, Jerome Taylor
South Africa: AB deVilliers (C), Faf duPlessis, Quinton de Kock (WK), Hashim Amla, Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Farhaan Behardien, Kyle Abbott, Imran Tahir, Aaron Phangiso, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi (WICB)