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South Africa vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Match 19 Preview: Can High-flying Windies exploit vulnerable Proteas?

Leading up to the ICC World Cup 2015, South Africa and West Indies faced off and the Windies were hammered to shreds by the Proteas. AB de Villliers, with his classic mix of out-of-the-box elegance and brutality had given Jason Holder a nightmarish start to international cricket. The South African captain slammed the fastest One-Day International (ODI) century; off 31 balls. In the current scenario though, it is West Indies who are riding high coming into this fixture.
The tournament could not have started off any poorly for West Indies as they slumped to a defeat against Ireland. The chinks in the Windies bowling armour was exposed embarrassingly but West Indies have shown that there is plenty of fight left in the side.  A poor Pakistan side was clinically thumped and Chris Gayle’s historic 210 was enough for Holder’s men to see off a resilient Zimbabwe.  For the past year, South Africa were handed the tag of favourites and the side came a cropper against India in their previous encounter. They were unconvincing in the tournament opener against Zimbabwe too. The South Africans have looked rusty and the age old problems of facing spin under lights while chasing and freezing under pressure resurfaced yet again. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule: Complete Fixtures & Time Table of all Cricket World Cup 2015 Matches
Before the tournament started, the notorious habit of South Africa to succumb when it mattered was discussed extensively. Many commentators opined that this star-studded Protea side. In the past, Brian Lara masterminded two thumping wins against these opponents — in 1996 and 2003 — and AB de Villers has been a thorn in West Indies’ flesh. The other-worldly brilliance of De Villiers was in full cry in the past two meetings between these two teams and it will be fair to say that a hat-trick is not far from the reach of the South African skipper. It is West Indies’ batting that serves as their biggest threat. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel only impressed in patches against India and have looked short of match practice.
Over the last decade, Gayle has proved that on his day, no bowling attack will be spared of an apocalypse of sorts. Their batting runs deep and Holder has impressed with his field placements and has impressed as skipper. West Indies face South Africa at its vulnerable best and can really cash in on it.
South Africa
AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn. 
West Indies
Jason Holder (c), Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Sheldon Cottrell
Timings: 09.00 a.m IST

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