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Quinton de Kock of South Africa during the fifth Momentum One Day International between South Africa and England at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town on 14 February 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Searching for their maiden win in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup, Faf du Plessis’ South Africa will face West Indies at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on Monday. The Proteas lost their opening match to hosts England by 104 runs on 30 May, before going down to Bangladesh by 21 runs.

Next, Virat Kohli-led India handed them a six-wicket loss, meaning the elbow room for Du Plessis’ team is increasingly getting narrow.

West Indies, on the other hand, have had a mixed run so far. They were outstanding against Pakistan in their opening fixture, where they blew them away with their scary pace. Next, they lost to Australia by 15 runs, but it was a match they should have won.

On current form, the Caribbeans start favourites, even though it is a bit too early to write off South Africa, or any team for that matter.

Meanwhile, South Africa coach Ottis Gibson admitted on Saturday he was frustrated to have to deal with the row over AB de Villiers’ controversial late offer to play in the World Cup.

It has emerged that De Villiers contacted Gibson and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis to tell them he was willing to come out of retirement.

But it was agreed that De Villiers, who retired from international cricket last year, had left it too late to be called up because it would not have been fair to other players who had featured against Pakistan and Sri Lanka ahead of the World Cup.

While the bowling has been encouraging so far for South Africa, it is the batting department that needs to be addressed.

And they would hope that with Lungi Ngidi an injury doubt, captain Faf du Plessis’ decision to potentially draft in Beuran Hendricks does not disrupt one aspect of their game that has been doing well.

The pitch at the Rose Bowl is a good track for batting, as evidenced by England and Pakistan scoring 273 and 361 at this ground last month.

Spin may be a factor too, as Yuzvendra Chahal showed in India’s first match against South Africa and there might be some assistance for pacers as the skies are expected to be cloudy that day.

he Rose Bowl in Southampton can host about 20,000 spectators, and is the home ground for the English county, Hampshire. It was opened in 2001 in the outskirts of Southampton on the southern coast of England.

The Rose Bowl has been assigned 5 matches in the ICC World Cup, 2019 in England. South Africa will play its second match at the venue when they clash with West Indies on the 10th of June.

The venue made its ODI debut in July, 2003 when South Africa played Zimbabwe in the NatWest Series. Overall, Southampton has hosted 24 ODIs.

Southampton has witnessed 8 300-plus scores with the highest total been registered by England against Pakistan in May, 2019 – 373 for 3.

Interestingly, the lowest score registered at the venue is by the United States of America! They were bowled out for 65 by Australia in the Champions Trophy in 2004.

Martin Guptill’s unbeaten 189 against England in 2013 is the highest individual score at the venue. Hashim Amla (150), Shane Watson (143), Jonny Bairstow (141 not out) and Fakhar Zaman (138) make the top 5.

Eoin Morgan has aggregated the most runs at Southampton – 610 runs in 12 innings at an average of 76.25 and strike rate of 91.45.

James Anderson and Graeme Swann have picked the most wickets at Southampton – 12 each at 26.75 and 22.5 respectively.

There have been two five-wicket hauls at the venue – one each by Mervyn Dillon and Ben Stokes.

De Villiers’ offer had remained under wraps until after South Africa’s World Cup campaign plunged into crisis with a third successive defeat against India on Wednesday.

Having lost all three matches, Gibson’s side head into Monday’s clash likely needing to win their remaining six games to have a chance of making the semi-finals.

Asked how the situation with De Villiers developed at his pre-match press conference in Southampton on Saturday, Gibson revealed he had spoken to the 35-year-old and told him he should have made it clear he was available earlier in the year.

“AB called me. I think it was the morning that the squad was going to be announced. A lot of other things had gone on before that, of course,” he said.

At the other end will be West Indies, who began the tournament with a thumping win against Pakistan before being handed a rude reality check by the defending champions Australia in their second game.

The pitch at the Rose Bowl is a good track for batting, as evidenced by England and Pakistan scoring 273 and 361 at this ground last month.

Spin may be a factor too, as Yuzvendra Chahal showed in India’s first match against South Africa and there might be some assistance for pacers as the skies are expected to be cloudy that day.

At the other end will be West Indies, who began the tournament with a thumping win against Pakistan before being handed a rude reality check by the defending champions Australia in their second game.

The pitch at the Rose Bowl is a good track for batting, as evidenced by England and Pakistan scoring 273 and 361 at this ground last month.

Spin may be a factor too, as Yuzvendra Chahal showed in India’s first match against South Africa and there might be some assistance for pacers as the skies are expected to be cloudy that day.

South Africa came into the game after a hard-fought loss to Sri Lanka in the final over. By now they had lost two and won one of their three games. Kepler Wessels and Co. moved to Christ Church to take on West Indies. Richie Richardson won the toss and opted to bowl, hoping to make good use of the grass cover on the pitch, which was termed to be pretty hard.

Facing the likes of Curtly Ambrose, Malcolm Marshall on a pitch that had bounce is not an easy task, but Peter Kirsten held one end tight and scored a fifty to keep the scoreboard moving. The Windies bowlers collectively chipped in, while South Africa scraped to 200/8, thanks to 20s from most of their batters.

It was a modest total, but South Africa themselves had a potent attack with names likes Allan Donald, Meyrick Pringle in their line-up. Brian Lara was in red-hot form with two fifties already in three games opening the batting. However, Jonty Rhodes took a spectacular catch around his bootlaces and short while later Pringle trapped Richardson plumb in front, while Carl Hooper and Keith Arthurton edged to Wessels in the cordon.

In no time, Pringle reduced West Indies to 19/4 and they could not recover from the blow, despite a valiant fifty by Gus Logie.

West Indies had barely sneaked into the knockouts as one of their two wins came against Zimbabwe and even lost to Kenya. A win against Australia in their final league though held them in good spirits. They were up against a rampant South African side, who won all their five games. It is easy to understand who were the favourites going into this quarter-final clash in Karachi.

Richie Richardson won an important toss and batted. Runs on the board in a big game is the way to go they say and Brian Lara yet again led from the front, this time with a magnificent 94-ball 111. Shivnarine Chanderpaul too gave him good company and scored a fifty as the Windies posted a healthy 264/8.

The target was not a big deal for the in-form Proteas. Fifties from Andrew Hudson and Daryll Cullinan got them to commanding 118/1. Jimmy Adams spun his magic and got rid of both, before accounting for a stubborn Hansie Cronje too. Roger Harper then delivered the killer blow. Jonty Rhodes, Brian McMillan and Steve Palframan were dismissed in a space of 2 runs and South Africa spectacularly messed up, what looked like a smooth sail to the semi-final. They had won everything until this point, but lost the most important and game.

The Newlands stadium in Cape Town was packed to the rafters. The World Cup visited South Africa for the time. Nelson Mandela was present. The atmosphere was absolutely electric. West Indies opted to bat, but Shaun Pollock sent early jitters into their dressing room dismissing Wavell Hinds and Chris Gayle. At 7/2, with the crowd loud and right behind the Proteas, it looked ominous for the Windies.

But there was Brian Lara at one end. Alongside Chanderpaul, he slowly steadied the innings. The going was at snail’s pace and they only had 67/2 on the board in 25 overs. Then came the spectacular acceleration. Lara took 78 balls to complete his fifty, but the second came off 43 balls. Ricardo Powell’s unbelievable hitting – 40 off 18 balls – and Ramnaresh Sarwan’s onslaught 15-ball 32 – meant West Indies posted 278/5, 211 of those coming in the last 25 overs and the duo even smashed Pollock for 23 runs in an over.

The start of the reply was pretty good from South Africa as Gary Kirsten notched up a fifty opening the innings. But they succumbed to pressure. It was 160/6 in the 33rd over as the Windies took wickets at regular intervals. South Africa had Lance Klusener though, the man who almost took them to the final four years ago.

Klusener got decent company from Mark Boucher, before he farmed the strike alongside Nicky Boje. With 8 runs needed off 4 balls, Klusener mistimed a full to hand, while Makhaya Ntini holed out a couple of balls later. Boje crossed over and hit a boundary last ball, but it was far too late. So late was the bowling from South Africa that they were docked an over, which left them ruing as they needed only 4 more and had a wicket in hand. Both teams indeed put out a great spectacle for the inauguration of the 2003 Wo

West Indies had lost all three Super Eight games. South Africa’s defeat to Bangladesh gave them a lifeline as wins in their remaining games would help them progress. Kieron Pollard made his ODI debut as Lara made three changes and opted to field, looking to make use of early moisture to get early wickets. Corey Collymore had Graeme Smith caught behind and the Proteas crawled to 36/1 in 10 overs.

It all seemed nice for the hosts, but the experienced Jacques Kallis pounced on Dwayne Bravo as soon as he was brought on and smashed him for 18 runs in an over. AB de Villiers, opening the batting, too upped the pace and the fifty was raised in 58 balls. Chris Gayle broke the stiff 170-run stand as Kallis was out for 81. De Villiers completed his hundred off 114 balls, but pummelled 46 runs in his next 16 balls before departing for 146. South Africa muscled 152 runs in the last 11 overs as Boucher made an unbeaten 23-ball 52.

While South Africa, with an injury concern to Lungi Ngidi, are more desperate for a win than the West Indians, both sides will surely want to return to winning ways before it is too late to make amends.

While South Africa, with an injury concern to Lungi Ngidi, are more desperate for a win than the West Indians, both sides will surely want to return to winning ways before it is too late to make amends.

“We had decided already that he left it too late because the door was left open up until December, and then after that to come this late in the day,” he added.

Here’s all you need to know about when and where to watch South Africa vs West Indies match:

When will South Africa vs West Indies match take place?

The South Africa vs West Indies match will take place on 10 June, 2019.

Where will the match be played?

The South Africa vs West Indies fixture will be played in The Rose Bowl, Southampton.

What time does the match begin?

The South Africa vs West Indies fixture will begin at 3 pm IST, with the toss scheduled at 2.30 pm IST.

Which TV channels will broadcast South Africa vs West Indies match?

The match will be telecast on the Star Sports network in both standard as well as HD format, with live streaming on Hotstar. You can also catch the live score and updates on trendingsports net.com

Squads:

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (capt), Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, David Miller, JP Duminy, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Dwaine Pretprius, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla.

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran(w), Ashley Nurse, Andre Russell, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottre

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