The SA vs WI first ODI will be played at the Buffalo Park in East London on March 16. The match starts from 7.30 pm and kickstarts a three-match ODI series. South Africa won the Test series 2-0 heading into this ODI series.
South Africa will be led by Temba Bavuma while Shai Hope will lead the Windies. The Protead are missing some key players with injuries. Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada and David Miller are not a part of the side. Miller will be back for the final ODI while the team is also missing Keshav Maharaj.
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There are points up for grabs for both teams from the series for the ICC ODI Super League. The Proted needs to win this series followed by the one against Netherlands for direct qualification for the ODI World Cup. They are placed ninth in the rankings with 78 points. West Indies are placed eighth with 88 points. Sri Lanka is placed on tenth with 77 points. Cricket South Africa (CSA) has already informed the BCCI that they want their top players available for the ODI series against the Netherlands at home.
CSA took this decision because the side needs to win the ODI series against the Netherlands in order to qualify directly for the ODI World Cup scheduled later this year in India. South Africa played their last two Test series against England and Australia. They lost the series against England 2-1 while they lost to the Aussies 2-0. On the other hand, West Indies played their last two Test series against Bangladesh and Australia. They won 2-0 against Bangladesh and lost 0-2 to Australia.
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South Africa last played an ODI series against England that they won 2-1. West Indies lost their previous ODI series against New Zealand 2-1. Both teams have played 62 ODIs till date with the Proteas winning 44 games while Windies winning just 14.
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The SA vs WI 1st ODI starts from 4.30 pm IST. The venue has hosted 25 ODIs with 13 matches won by the team batting first while 12 games won chasing. The match starts from 1 pm local time. There is rain during the day which is expected to continue in the afternoon as well. The temperature is expected to be around 25 degrees. Humidity is expected to be around 67 degrees and at least 3mm of rain is expected. Overs might be cut down if the rain stays for a long period of time. The match might be a stop-start game with the rain expected to hang around.
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