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West Indies and South Africa face off in virtual quarter-final at T20 World Cup

Bishop: WI batters have to play freely against South Africa (1:26)

He also talks about how every batter has a key role to play for West Indies (1:26)

Match details

West Indies vs South Africa
North Sound, Antigua, 8.30pm local

Big picture - Semi-final spots up for grabs

It isn't actually called a quarter-final, but for all intents and purposes, it is. West Indies and South Africa meet in the T20 World Cup 2024 with the winner set to go through to the final four and the loser set to go out.

What may be lurking in the back of South Africa's mind is how close five of their six games so far have been. They have snatched victories from the unlikeliest of scenarios and seem to be riding a wave of good fortune that they have failed to catch in tournaments past. They will be the first to admit that they are yet to put together the perfect game, but they boast a perfect record. Six out of six wins means they are once again being spoken of as champion material. Could this be the year South Africa finally win a T20 World Cup? West Indies might have something to say about that.

The co-hosts were unbeaten through the group stage too. Though they lost to defending champions England in the Super Eight after that, they are still on track to achieving what they set out to: re-establish West Indies as a powerhouse by competing strongly and (hopefully, for them) winning a third T20 World Cup. If they score 160 and win by 52 runs, they could even go past England and top Group 2. For now, it all hinges on how they do in this match and though West Indies may take heart from sweeping South Africa 3-0 before the tournament, it's worth remembering that that was a second-string South Africa side. The real test is now.

Form guide

West Indies WLWWW (last five matches, most recent first)
South Africa WWWWW

How can West Indies contain Quinton de Kock?

Bishop thinks they need to be clever with the use of three spinners

In the spotlight - Alzarri Joseph and Marco Jansen

Alzarri Joseph has the same number of tournament wickets as Anrich Nortje - 11 - at a slightly higher average (13.81 compared to 12.90) but a slightly better strike rate. Joseph has taken a wicket once every 11 balls at the tournament - and Nortje once every 13 balls - and is rightly seen as West Indies' biggest threat with the ball.

Joseph has only played two T20Is against South Africa, and in the last one took a series-winning 5 for 40 to seal a seven-run win. Four of the five batters Joseph dismissed in that match - Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen - have been part of South Africa's XI in every game at the World Cup thus far. On his home ground, Antigua, he will have even more motivation to attempt to repeat the feat.

With Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Ottneil Baartman all shining at different stages of the competition, Marco Jansen has flown under the radar despite being an important part of South Africa's progress. The economy rate of 5.90 includes bowling mostly in the powerplay and is South Africa's second-lowest after Baartman (though Jansen has played one more game). Though he has gone wicketless in all but one match, Jansen has been match-winning in other ways. Against England, he was tasked with the game's penultimate over and conceded just seven runs, leaving Nortje 13 to defend. Crucially, he has adapted to conditions when some of his team-mates have not, and he is yet to be given a chance to show what he can do with the bat.

Team news - West Indies have choices to make

Shai Hope's unbeaten 39-ball 82 opening the batting against USA may mean West Indies do not have immediate cause to bring in Kyle Mayers, who has replaced the injured Brandon King in their squad. It's an interesting call to make because Mayers has the advantage of knowing the South African players well, from his time at the SA20, and of being West Indies' second-leading run-scorer in the pre-World Cup series played against South Africa last month. Their other decision will be in the make-up of the bowling unit - whether to include an extra seamer in Romario Shepherd or stick to the offspin of Roston Chase.

West Indies (probable): 1 Shai Hope/Kyle Mayers, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 4 Rovman Powell (capt), 5 Andre Russell, 6 Sherfane Rutherford, 7 Romario Shepherd/Roston Chase, 8 Obed McCoy, 9 Akeal Hosein, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Gudakesh Motie

The last time South Africa played in Antigua, they opted for two spinners and left Baartman out, and may consider that combination again. However, Tabraiz Shamsi was expensive against USA, which could open the door for the other left-arm spinner in the squad: Bjorn Fortuin, who has not had a game thus far. It's more likely South Africa will stick to what they like best, with an unchanged batting line-up and one of Shamsi or Baartman.

South Africa (probable): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Aiden Markram (capt), 4 Tristan Stubbs, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Tabraiz Shamsi/Ottneil Baartman, 11 Anrich Nortje

Will Kyle Mayers open against SA?

Ian Bishop thinks Mayers' lack of game time could play a factor in West Indies sticking to Charles and Hope as openers

Pitch and conditions

From South Africa's match against USA earlier in the week, North Sound seemed good for run-scoring. That was a day game and this is a night fixture, though, so there may be a slight difference. There have been two night games played at this venue in the tournament: Australia chased down 73 against Namibia inside six overs and scored 100 runs inside 12 overs when they beat Bangladesh in a rain-affected game on Friday. Rain, in fact, may be the biggest concern for the teams with the forecast not great during the day on Sunday, but the precipitation probability decreases to 17% in the evening.

Stats and trivia

  • The head-to-head record between these two teams is equal: Played 22; West Indies won 11; South Africa won 11. In T20 World Cups, they have met four times, and South Africa have won three. West Indies' only victory came in 2016

  • There have only been three totals of over 200 at the T20 World Cup so far and West Indies have one of them. They scored the highest total of the tournament with their 218 against Afghanistan in the group stage. South Africa have batted first four times in six matches and average 146

  • Nicholas Pooran is the tournament's top run-scorer at the moment with 227 runs; Quinton de Kock is in third place, 40 runs behind


"It's important for us to continue in this vein because we see what's at stake now."
Shai Hope wants West Indies to keep playing the way they did against USA with the knockouts in sight

"This team believes that we can be really great as a unit. Obviously, with the last World Cup [in India] bowing out in the semi-finals… it's both the character and there's a lot of hurt. So, we just take it one game at a time and focus on trying to get the results to go our way and not looking at the negatives, just trying to highlight the positives as much as possible."
South Africa want to make amends for their semi-final exit seven months ago at the ODI World Cup, says Keshav Maharaj

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

1st12RR HendricksQ de Kock
2nd3Q de KockAK Markram
3rd27T StubbsAK Markram
4th35H KlaasenT Stubbs
5th16DA MillerT Stubbs
6th7T StubbsM Jansen
7th10KA MaharajM Jansen
8th14K RabadaM Jansen

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