WI vs SA 2nd Test – Match Preview
The second Test between West Indies and South Africa will commence on June 18. In the first Test, the Proteas annihilated the ‘Men in Maroon' securing a victory by an innings and 63 runs. With the ball in hand, the SA pace trio bundled out the WI batting line-up with less than 200 in both innings including a 97 all-out in the first innings.
⛔️ RESULT | #PROTEAS WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 63 RUNS
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 12, 2021
South Africa's biggest positive in batting saw the return to form for Quinton De Kock. The wicket-keeper batsman saw an end to his century drought as he registered his maiden Test hundred since October 2019. Else ways WI didn’t have many positives to take from the first Test. The hosts will now seek to make a promising comeback after their horrific defeat and will look to level the series in the second Test. Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, and Shai Hope will have the onus of scoring runs against the potent SA bowling line-up.
Proteas will be aiming to clean sweep WI in their backyard, which no other team has achieved except India since 2016. The strength of both the teams is their fearsome bowling attacks, so the team that bats well might have the advantage of winning this Test.
Here’s a detailed look at the WI vs SA 2021 Dream11 Match Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, and Top Picks for the 2nd Test:
|Match||Date & Time||Venue||Live Telecast & Streaming|
|West Indies vs South Africa, 2nd Test||June 18 – 22, 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 and Weather Conditions?
The pitch at St. Lucia has always been counted as one of the most seaming friendly surfaces in the West Indies. In the 1st Test, the seamers account for 27 wickets out of 30 wickets that fell in the entire Test match. The pitch has a good carry and there could be some grass left on the pitch even for the 2nd test. The batters have to display grit and patience to be successful on this surface. The weather is supposed to be clean and sunny for the entire course of five days. However, rain on the first two days might act as an interrupter in the WI vs SA Test.
Proteas will be riding high on confidence after securing a rather easy win against the home team. The return to form for Quinton De Kock and Kagiso Rabada was a huge plus for the visitors. Rabada picked six wickets in the match including a five-wicket haul in the second innings. He, along with Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi was reeling fire with the ball in the first Test. The visitors will not want to change the team’s composition and are very likely to go in with the unchanged side.
The pressure will be on the hosts coming in the upcoming Test. Darren Bravo will probably return for the hosts. The Caribbean batsmen had to show some authority with the bat against the formidable SA attack to be in the game. Skipper Braithwaite will have to lead from the front in order to draw level the series in the second Test. In the bowling department, Holder and Roach will be their go-to men for this Test.
Probable Playing XI for WI vs SA 2nd Test
Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Joshua Day Silva (WK), Rakheem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales
Dean Elgar (C), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Quinton De Kock (WK), Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi
Top Fantasy Picks for WI vs SA 2nd Test
Quinton De Kock
The 28-year old Quinton De Kock is arguably one of the best wicket-Keeper batsmen in the longer form of the game. However, the form of De Kock has dipped in the recent past but in the first test between SA vs WI, he came back in form, scoring a magnificent hundred, and was awarded the Player of the Match award.
Quinton de Kock notched up a career-best in the opening Test against @windiescricket 👊
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 14, 2021
He achieved the three-figure landmark after October 2019 and perfectly knows how to capitalize his good form. He is someone who likes to play dominantly. Also, standing behind the stumps he has grabbed numerous stunners before. Hence, with his two-dimensional abilities, he can earn you maximum fantasy points in the second WI vs SA Test at St.Lucia.
Proteas pacer Anrich Nortje has been in sublime form in the last few months. He can regularly bowl at around 145 kmph and gets a good carry due to his height too. When in full flow he can unsettle the best of batting line-ups. He is someone who provides valuable support to the likes of Rabada and Ngidi.
In the first test, he got rid of seven Caribbean batsmen. Nortje was the bowler who inflicted the collapse in the first innings. The Jaffa which he bowled to Shai Hope in the first test will be etched in everyone’s eyes. It will be fascinating to watch if he can imitate the first test performance.
Former West Indies captain Jason Holder has been a consistent performer for the Men in Maroon for many years and provides great stability to the team with his all-around abilities. Holder's performances always reflect on the team’s performances. He always gets a steep bounce and the promising seam moment from the pitch.
In the first Test, he wasn’t able to showcase his skills with the bat but he didn’t disappoint with the ball and picked 4 wickets in the second innings. Windies will hope that Holder contributes to all the departments and will fancy their probabilities more in winning the match.
The 29-year-old Barbadian all-rounder is having a return in the Men in Maroon side. While batting in middle order he has been one of the vital cogs in the wheel for WI in past. He was the only batsman from the West Indies side who made a 50 plus score in the first test. Chase has that gritty temperament to perform in adverse conditions.
This time around he will want to prove to the selectors that dropping him wasn’t a favorable decision. With his off-spin, he has provided the breakthrough at key moments for West Indies and has three five-wicket hauls in test cricket too. Chase should be there in your Dream 11 fantasy team, he can win you many points.
Dream XI Team Prediction For WI vs SA 2nd Test
Wicket-Keeper: Quinton De Kock
Batsman: Dean Elgar, Kraigg Brathwaite, Rassie Van Der Dussen
All-Rounders: Jason Holder (VC), Roston Chase,
Bowlers: Anrich Norjte, Kagiso Rabada (C), Lungi Ngidi, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales
Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the WI vs SA 2nd Test?
South Africa was proclaimed as underdogs before the first Test but the way they had decimated West Indies makes them straightforward favorites for the 2nd Test. Against the high-class Proteas bowling attack, the Men In Maroon has struggled a lot in the first test, but Windies batting could also come harder this time