Who Will Win Today’s West Indies vs South Africa 2nd T20 2024?

After a stunning victory by the West Indies in the first T20I against South Africa, the series moves to its second fixture. The 2nd T20I is set to take place at Sabina Park in Jamaica on May 25, starting at 12:30 AM IST on May 26. Despite being the favorites, South Africa was outplayed in the first match, and now they seek to level the series.

Match Details

  • Fixture: West Indies vs South Africa, 2nd T20I
  • Venue: Sabina Park, Jamaica
  • Date and Time: 25th May, 12:30 AM (May 26) IST
  • Live Streaming: FanCode app and website

Pitch Report

The Sabina Park pitch proved challenging for the batters in the first game, with only a few players reaching double figures. Fast bowlers initially found good assistance, but as the pitch slowed down, spinners came into play, evidenced by Gudakesh Motie’s 3-wicket haul. We expect similar conditions in the second game, with an average innings score around 170.

Weather Report

The weather in Jamaica is expected to be cloudy on match day, with a slight chance of rain. Temperatures will hover around 31-33°C, making for a humid and potentially tricky playing environment.

Team News and Key Players

West Indies: The home team is unlikely to make changes after their comprehensive win. They will aim to continue their winning momentum.

  • Brandon King: The skipper was in excellent form, scoring 79 off 45 balls. His top-order stability will be crucial.
  • Roston Chase: A solid all-round performance in the first game with 32 not out and 1/12.
  • Kyle Mayers: A valuable 34 runs and capable medium-pace bowling.
  • Gudakesh Motie: Starred with the ball, taking 3/25. He will again be vital on a slow pitch.

Predicted Playing XI: Johnson Charles, Kyle Mayers, Brandon King (c), Andre Fletcher (wk), Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie, Obed McCoy, Matthew Forde, Shamar Joseph

South Africa: South Africa might introduce Tabraiz Shamsi to utilize the spin-friendly conditions.

  • Reeza Hendricks: Top-scored with 87 in the first match, showcasing good form.
  • Rassie van der Dussen: Needs to improve after a modest start.
  • Ottniel Baartman: Impressive with 3 wickets, expected to lead the bowling attack.
  • Gerald Coetzee: Promising with the ball, back from a strong IPL season.

Predicted Playing XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Ryan Rickelton, Rassie van der Dussen (c), Matthew Breetzke, Tabraiz Shamsi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Gerald Coetzee, Bjorn Fortuin, Ottniel Baartman, Lungi Ngidi

Recent Form and Head-to-Head

West Indies: The team is buoyant after their first match victory. Their bowlers, particularly the spinners, played a pivotal role in restricting South Africa.

South Africa: The Proteas have lost their last four T20Is and need a turnaround to avoid a series defeat. Their batting has been inconsistent, and they must adapt to the slower pitch conditions.

Head-to-Head Stats:

  • Matches Played: 20
  • West Indies Won: 9
  • South Africa Won: 11

Betting Tips and Match Prediction

Despite the initial setback, bookmakers favor South Africa due to their overall stronger squad and head-to-head record. However, with the momentum and home advantage, West Indies are well-positioned for another win.

Prediction: West Indies to defeat South Africa in the 2nd T20I.

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