WI vs SA 1st Test – Match Preview
South Africa will kickstart their tour of the West Indies 2021 with a two-match Test series starting June 10. While the tour was delayed owing to the pandemic, nonetheless fans will breathe a sigh of respite as cricket action returns to the Caribbean shores. However, it will be a tough ask for South Africa against a much-improved West Indies outfit at home. The visitors will be led by their new Test skipper Dean Elgar.
On the other side, the Men in Maroon looks well-equipped with a strong starting XI. West Indies has witnessed a resurgent run in the Test format in the last few years at their home turf. Since 2018, the Caribbean team's only Test series loss came against India in 2019. In the upcoming series against South Africa, Kraigg Braithwaite and his team would aim to continue their dream Test run in home conditions.
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 Test||June 10 – 14, 07.30 PM IST (10 AM local time)||Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St. Lucia||Sony Sports Network, Sony Liv App & Website (In India)|
What to Expect – Pitch Report & Weather Conditions?
The pitch at St. Lucia often has assistance for the seam bowlers. Batters will have to trust their technique and bat with patience to encounter tough conditions. The pitch tends to get slower as the match progresses. Spinners usually come into play on days four and five. The weather is not expected to play much of a spoilsport during the Test match. There might light showers on the second and the third day of the WI vs SA Test match.
Skipper Dean Elgar will have the onus of doing the bulk of the scoring alongside Quinto de Kock and Temba Bavuma. The pace attack will feature the trio of Kagiso Rabad, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi. The 27-year-old Keegan Peterson is likely to make his Test debut for South Africa in the middle-order. The visitors might feature a lone spinner in form of either Keshav Maharaj or George Linde.
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Kieran Powell is likely to open for West Indies alongside skipper Braithwaite. Jason Holder will be the key player for the home team. The return of Shai Hope will boost the WI middle-order. Jermaine Blackwood and the left-handed Kyle Mayers could slot in the middle-order. With a potent fast bowling unit, the slow-off spin of Rahkeem Cornwall also offers great stability to the home team.
Probable Playing XI
Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kieran Powell, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Rahkeem Cornwall, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales
Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Sarel Erwee, Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Top Fantasy Picks for WI vs SA 1st Test
The 33-year old batsman is touted as South Africa's best top-order batsman in the Test format. Dean Elgar, who will have the extra responsibility of leading the side, will be determined to get his team off to a good start. He's been known as someone who can play long innings. Even in the first Test vs WI, South Africa will expect their captain to notch up another hundred on his Test captaincy debut. Elgar has the potential to weather the Windies' bowling storm and, hence, might win maximum fantasy points in today's WI vs SA Dream11 team.
The tearaway paceman debuted for his national team in the year 2015 and then there was no looking back. The 26-year-old has worked hard to achieve milestones in his career. Having picked up 202 wickets in 45 Test matches, he will hold the key in the upcoming test match. His pace and bounce may make it difficult for the West Indies batsmen to stick to the wicket for a longer duration. It will be interesting if he can return with a five-wicket haul against West Indies.
Kraigg Brathwaite is one of the few players in the West Indies cricket team who can soak the pressure and guide the team forward. His consistent performance with the willow has earned him the captain's badge. Having played 68 test matches till now, he has scored 4113 at an average of 33.44. Moreover, the all-rounder can pick up wickets as well. As a result, Brathwaite is a must-have in the Dream11 for the first Test between West Indies and South Africa.
Since his debut against New Zealand in 2014, Jason Holder has been efficient in the national test team. The tall and lanky cricketer will play a crucial role in restricting the South African team from breaching the Caribbean fortress. The 29-year-old has played 47 International test matches till now. He has scored 2253 runs at an average of 33.13. With the ball, he has garnered 123 wickets which reflects his contributions to the team's winning cause. Therefore, Holder will hold the key as the team will look to capitalize on his skill set in the first test match.
Dream11 Team Prediction for WI vs SA 1st Test Match
Wicket-Keeper: Quinton de Kock
Batsman: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner
All-Rounders: Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph
Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the WI vs SA 1st Test?
West Indies will be favorites on their home turf, especially in the Test format. South Africa's recent performances haven't been too promising as their struggle outside the home continues to be a matter of concern, Of late, the Proteas haven't been able to replicate consistency in the Test format. As a result, West Indies will start as favorites to win today's WI vs SA 1st Test.