The sixth match of the triangular series comes once again from Warner Park, St Kitts, where the West Indies will all but secure their passage to the final with a victory.
South Africa, however, will be determined to maintain their assault on the top two spots in the table.
Match Betting & Game Preview
The switch to Warner Park has been a real shot in the arm for this tournament; there’s something here for both the bowlers and the batsmen. But really it is the willow-wielders who have gained the most from a bouncy deck, rapid outfield and short boundaries, so once again we can expect a white ball game dominated by the blade.
The Windies continue to confound their critics, and last time out against Australia they were outstanding with bat in hand; Marlon Samuels, who so often appears out of his depth at international level, showing just what he is capable of when he applies himself. His 92 featured restrained strokeplay and barbaric hitting as and when the situation dictated.
It was noticeable that this pitch negated the impact of arguably the jewel in the burgundy crown, Sunil Narine, who doesn’t often finish wicket-less from a ten over spell. That will be music to the ears of a South African batting unit who just started to find some form in that losing effort against the Aussies on Saturday.
Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis both got into the sixties, while JP Duminy’s 41 indicated that he is perhaps finding his feet in the Caribbean. AB de Villiers was rollicking along too before he got a good one from Josh Hazlewood, so there is hope a-plenty for the Proteas.
The key to this match could be the lack of batting strength in the Windies side. No seam bowler is losing sleep at the prospect of going toe-to-toe with Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher and Darren Bravo – the absence of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo is just too much to bear for the islanders and their slim resources.
Betting Pick: And with Narine nullified, the Proteas should be comfortable in their pursuit of an important win; as their price of 1.50 with bet365 testifies.
Top Batsmen Betting Tips
You can’t beat a good pattern when it comes to sports betting, and the two games at Warner Park in this competition have thus far served up a champion effort.
Bizarrely, one opening batsman has gone on to convert a good start in each of the four innings, with the other falling (in most cases relatively) cheaply: 109-13, 60-19, 98-0 and 48-27 being the outcomes at the head of the order thus far.
Betting Tip: So we’re happy to support the claims of an opener in this market for South Africa; namely Hashim Amla at 4.00 with 888sport. He has gone past the fifty mark in three of his last ten innings in all forms of cricket, and his 60 against the Aussies last time out was a joy to behold.
The Windies opening pair of Charles and Fletcher boast only two half-centuries in their last twenty combined innings, so instead we’ll look to Samuels to once again do the damage.
He looked completely at ease in his last occupation of the crease, and so the 4.50 on offer from 888sport appears a sound investment.
An often lucrative source of betting income is to back the West Indies to hit more sixes than their opponents, and on any given day they are prone to doing just that. They collectively bludgeoned ten in their last match at Warner Park – the Proteas could only manage three in theirs. The 1.66 offered by 888sport is worthy of your attention, then for South Africa to win.
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 foxsports.com.au, Live coverage: West Indies v South Africa, one-day international at St Kitts, 2016