This is a dead-rubber. South Africa are already assured of a
place in the semi-finals from Group B, along with England, and West Indies, the
2016 champions, are set to play their final match of the tournament. Both teams
will, therefore, have different agendas from their final group encounter.
For South Africa, the match will be important to rest a few
players, get into rhythm those that need it, and generally consider it an extra
warm-up match. The only thing they can gain from winning the match is ensure
they meet Australia. Stay where they are, and they will face India.
It’s not an easy choice, but given Australia are experienced
at knockout stages, South Africa might just prefer playing an Indian side that
is dangerous, but also may have a soft underbelly to be exposed.
Professionalism requires that South Africa give it their all
in the match, and that, however, might be enough to see them win their fourth
match and finish atop Group B. West Indies have been far from the force they
were in the format a few years ago, and were particularly hamstrung when
Stafanie Taylor, their inspirational captain, was ruled out of the final group
Despite that, West Indies will certainly try and give it
their all, and ensure a respectable and to a tournament in which they have been
largely outplayed. Their only victory so far has come against Thailand, with
defeats to England and Pakistan ensuring they will have to try again in the
Head to head
On the whole, South Africa have been poor against West
Indies in T20Is. In 17 matches, they’ve tasted victory just four times.
However, this time, their respective form seems to be on a different tangent,
and they’ll be keen to capitalise.
Lizelle Lee (South Africa): Lee is imperative in
South Africa’s batting plans. She gives them quick starts, and is their
top-scorer thanks to the century she scored against Thailand. South Africa, however,
will want her firing in more important matches, and this dead-rubber might be
used to spark some form in her.
Afy Fletcher (West Indies): West Indies’ batters have
had a poor tournament, and with Taylor
no longer playing, their bowling has also lost significant skill. In
Taylor’s absence, the bowling needs to be carried by Fletcher, who so far has
taken three wickets and is the second-highest wicket-taker for the team after
Taylor. More is expected.
South Africa: Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk (c),
Marizanne Kapp, Mignon du Preez, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon,
Tirsha Chetty (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba