WI vs SA 1st T20I – Match Preview
After the Test series, the action for the South Africa tour of West Indies 2021 shifts to the T20Is starting June 26. The Test series was entirely a one-sided affair as South Africa trounced the home team with ease. In this T20 series, the West Indies have announced a full-fledged squad with an eye over the upcoming T20 World Cup as some of their key players make a return to their T20I squad. Kieron Pollard will lead the T20I side and will expect the team to continue their dominant run at home in this format.
On the other hand, South Africa will hope to continue their winning momentum even in the T20s. The Proteas will have their task cut out as they prepare themselves to face a much-stronger West Indies outfit in the shortest format of the game. Both the teams will aim to start on a high with a win in the first game.
Here’s a detailed look at the WI vs SA Dream11 Match Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, and Top Picks:
|Match||Date & Time||Venue||Live Telecast & Streaming|
|West Indies vs South Africa, 1st T20I||June 26, 11.30 PM IST (6.30 PM local time)||National Cricket Stadium, St George’s||Fan Code (In India)|
What to Expect – Pitch Report & Weather Conditions?
The pitch will be batting friendly for this T20I match at Grenada. There has been only one T20I played on this ground which was a high-scoring contest between WI and IRE. It will be another high-scoring match as batsmen will dominate on most of the occasions throughout the match. The weather should be clear during the match as the complete is expected to unfold without any interruption due to rain.
West Indies have announced a full-fledged squad for this five-match T20I series against South Africa. Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, and Dwayne Bravo are making comeback for the national T20I side. Nicholas Pooran will keep the wickets and in the bowling department, Fidel Edwards, Jason Holder, and others are likely to shoulder responsibility. Kevin Sinclair and Fabian Allen will handle a spin department for the Caribbean.
Who will claim the most wickets in the T20I series? 🤔
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 25, 2021
South Africa has also included some of the big names into their T20I squad which missed the last series due to IPL. Quinton De Kock had a brilliant Test series as the left-handed batsman ended as the highest run-scorer among both teams. He will aim to continue his good form in the T20Is too. Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Anrich Nortje will add great strength to the Proteas' T20I setup. Aiden Markram, David Miller, and Var der Dussen will be key players from the batting department.
Probable Playing XIs
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Even Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (C), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Obed McCoy, Kevin Sinclair
13-member squad named for the first and second CG Insurance T20 Internationals against South Africa. #WIvSA
See the squad⬇️https://t.co/qtw0q82rNY
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) June 25, 2021
South Africa: Aiden Markram, Quinton De Kock (Wk), Temba Bavuma (C), Rassie Van der Dussen, David Miller, Henrich Klassen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Top Fantasy Picks for West Indies vs South Africa 1st T20I
The skipper Kieron Pollard will be the main player for the West Indies in this five-match T20I series against Proteas. The skipper has been running in good form as he performed brilliantly for Mumbai Indians in the first leg of IPL 2021. He can even offer a few overs with his medium-pace bowling in this T20I match. In the availability of Russell, the skipper will have a license to come up the order and play a big knock in this match against South Africa.
Chris Gayle is the greatest T20 batsman in the history of cricket. The left-handed attacking opener is making his comeback for the national side and will aim to perform to the best of his abilities. The southpaw played a couple of good knocks for Punjab Kings in the first leg of IPL 2021. In this match, He will look to set the tone for the upcoming home summer of T20Is. Along with Even Lewis, he will have the freedom to play aggressive cricket in the powerplay and provide a cracking start to his team.
Quinton De Kock
Quinton De Kock will be the key batsman for South Africa in this first T20I match against West Indies. He had a terrific Test series as the Proteas wicket-keeper batsman scored 237 runs in two Test matches. He will open for SA and will aim to provide a good start from the top of the order. Quinton De Kock will provide fantasy points with his wicket-keeping and runs so he will be one of the important picks in this match.
Kagiso Rabada will be a key bowler for South Africa as they will aim to win this series against a high-quality West Indies side. Kagiso Rabada had a decent Test series and he will look to continue his rhythm in this match too. Rabada also missed the last T20I series against Pakistan due to the IPL. However, he picked 8 wickets for Punjab Kings in the first leg of IPL 2021.
Dream11 Team Prediction for WI vs SA 1st T20I
Wicket-Keeper: Quinton De Kock
Batsmen: Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, David Miller, Russie Van Der Dussen
All-Rounders: Kieron Pollard, Andrew Russell, Jason Holder
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Dwayne Bravo
Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the WI vs SA 1st T20I?
Both the teams have announced a full-fledged squad for this five-match T20I series. South Africa outplayed West Indies in the Test series but the visitors might face tough times against the home team in this format. The hosts boast of highly experienced T20 players who have the ability to make a result-defining contribution. Taking all things into consideration, West Indies will have an edge over South Africa and are likely to win today's WI vs SA 1st T20I 2021.