West Indies vs South Africa 1st T20 Match Prediction 2024

WI vs SA 1st T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips

West Indies and South Africa will kick-off the T20I series with the 1st T20 on 23rd May 2024 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, starting at 12:30 AM (May 24) IST. The series will be part of preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 which is scheduled to start on 5th June and West Indies are the co-hosts for the mega ICC event.

Top-order batter Brandon King has been appointed the captain for the West Indies in the absence of Rovman Powell while the visitors South Africa will be led by batter Rassie van der Dussen as Aiden Markram is occupied with his IPL team in the playoffs. Many big names have been rested from both the camps to rejuvenate before the T20 World Cup.

Take a look as we give the prediction for 1st T20 between WI and SA.

West Indies vs South Africa 1st T20 Match Live Streaming

Live Streaming: The T20I series between West Indies and South Africa will live stream on FanCode app and website.

WI vs SA Match Toss Prediction

The toss winner is likely to bat first as the pitch becomes slower in the second innings.

WI vs SA Pitch Report

Sabina Park pitch used to be a hard and batting pitch before but it has turned slower in the recent years. Batting will be more difficult in the later stage of the match and spinners will have a good time on this slow surface. Pace bowlers with variation of slow pace can also make a difference. The average innings score will be 155.

Jamaica Weather Report

The weather report shows cloudy and rainy weather in Jamaica on Thursday. There can be some showers in the afternoon. The temperature is expected to hover around 29-31°C.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for West Indies vs South Africa 1st T20 2024

West Indies Team News & Playing 11

WI Team News

West Indies has rested some of the top players like Nicholas Pooran, Alzarri Joseph, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell ahead of the T20 World Cup. Brandon King will be the captain for this series.

WI Key Players

  • Brandon King – Brandon King has scored 1150 runs in 47 T20Is at a good strike rate of 131.43. He has been picked for the T20 World Cup squad as well and we expect some explosions from him in this home series.
  • Kyle Mayers – Kyle Mayers is a batting all-rounder with decent batting stats in this format. He has scored 625 runs in 34 T20Is at a strike rate of 137.97. He has not bowled a lot in the T20Is but has 14 wickets to his name in 28 ODIs.
  • Romario Shepherd – Romario Shepherd is one of the top bowling all-rounders in the team. He has taken 37 wickets in 35 T20Is and has scored 317 handy runs at a good strike rate of 148.13.
  • Akeal Hosein – Akeal Hosein will lead the spin attack for WI. As mentioned the pitch has become slower over the past few years so his spells will be important in the latter stages of the game. Hosein has picked 38 wickets in 47 T20I matches. He can also bat and give 1-2 big hits towards the end of the innings.

WI Team Form

West Indies will feel confident after defeating the likes of England at home and India in the US in the T20I series in 2023. Although they lost their last T20I series which was against Australia at their home ground but they have a dominating record here in West Indies.

West Indies Predicted Playing 11

Brandon King (c), Alick Athanaze, Fabian Allen, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Johnson Charles, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Shamar Joseph, Gudakesh Motie

South Africa Team News & Playing 11

SA Team News

South Africa has also rested some of their players. David Miller, Tristan Stubbs and Kagiso Rabada have been rested while Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram and Marco Jansen are still with their IPL franchise in the playoffs.

SA Key Players

  • Reeza Hendricks – Hendricks is part of the T20 World Cup squad for the Proteas. He is an experienced batter with 56 T20I matches in which he has accumulated 1702 runs at a good strike rate of 130.92. He is a top order batter and has the ability to give a good acceleration in the powerplay.
  • Quinton de Kock – Quinton might be playing his last ICC tournament as he has retired from the ODIs last year and he will be ready to give all in for his country for the one last time. He is the highest run scorer from this squad with 2277 runs in 80 T20I matches at a strike rate of 137.33.
  • Tabraiz Shamsi – Shamsi will be the lead spin bowler in this series and the T20 World Cup 2024. The turning pitch at Sabina Park will help Shamsi to pick some wickets. He also has ample experience of playing in the West Indies due to his CPL participation.
  • Lungi Ngidi – Lungi Ngidi will be the leading pacer for the Proteas. He has taken 60 wickets in 40 T20I matches at an average of 20.25. He has missed on selection for the T20 World Cup but we expect some wickets from him in this series.

SA Team Form

South Africa last played a T20I series in December-January against India and drawn the series by 1-1. They have not played a T20I series after that but the players have been part of T20 leagues.

South Africa Predicted Playing 11

Rassie van der Dussen (c), Reeza Hendricks, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Quinton de Kock, Matthew Breetzke, Gerald Coetzee, Bjorn Fortuin, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

West Indies vs South Africa Head to Head

West Indies and South Africa have played 19 T20I matches against each other in which the Proteas have the upper-hand with 11 wins while the remaining 8 were won by the West Indies.

WI vs SA Head to Head Stats in T20s

  Matches Played WI Won SA Won Tie NR
Overall 19 8 11 0 0

West Indies vs South Africa Betting Odds

The bookmakers are backing South Africa as the favourite team to win the 1st T20. West Indies are missing some of the key players which are essential in the batting line-up like Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope.

Who will win West Indies vs South Africa 1st T20 Match?

As mentioned above West Indies are missing their top line-up of batters which have been rested after a long IPL season. South African has a strong batting strength when compared to the home side, with the likes of Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock, van der Dussen along with a tight bowling unit of Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Gerald Coetzee. We are anticipating South Africa to win the 1st T20 against the West Indies.

🏆 West Indies vs South Africa Prediction

West Indies vs South Africa has always been an exciting contest in the T20s. We are ready for another thrilling match as both the teams will present their A game, keeping the T20 World Cup in mind.

South Africa’s squad looks strong even without some of their key T20 players. They have a strong batting line-up to tackle the Windies attack while the bowling unit of the Proteas is also a lethal one with top pacers and experienced spinners.

With a stronger squad and a dominating head to head record, we are backing South Africa to win the 1st T20.

South Africa to beat West Indies in 1st T20

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