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South Africa face uphill task vs West Indies (Preview)

IANS  |  Southampton 

After three consecutive defeats, will eye their first win of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 when they face at the Hampshire Bowl, here on Monday. After a below par show so far, the Proteas desperately need a win to stay in contention for a spot in the semi-finals.

on the other hand looked slightly better after a win and a loss from their two games. The Jason Holder-led Carribean side kicked-off their campaign on a convincing note with an impressive seven wicket win over before suffering a narrow 15 loss to

The Proteas lost their all three encounters against England, and The pacer's performance in their six wicket loss to must be heartening for and the team management, but it's the batsmen who need to step-up against a good looking pace attack.

So far, nothing seems to work well for as pacer has been ruled out due to while Lungi Ngidi is also unfit for the game on Monday.

have plenty to discuss about their inconsistent performance with the bat and their openers - and will have to surely fire against the Windies. However, their middle order looks decent and the lower order has also chipped in with runs. The Proteas now needs to play fearless and attacking

Meanwhile, the Windies will look to rise up from their narrow defeat to Australia, a game which was under their control.

While their aggressive opening in the first two matches have impressed everyone and if it happens again, it could be another threat for the Proteans as their openers have failed to fire. It was a poor shot selection by the Carribean batsmen in their run-chase against Australia, which cost them the match.

However, having won their opening fixture and pushing closer to victory against Australia, they will be the favourites in Monday's game. South Africa, however, have a 4-2 advantage over West Indies in


West Indies: (Captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (wicket-keeper), Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

South Africa: (Captain), Aiden Markram, (wicket-keeper), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi



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First Published: Sun, June 09 2019. 14:34 IST