The SA vs WI 2nd ODI will be played at Buffalo Park in East London on March 18. The match starts at 4.30 pm IST which is 1 pm local time. The first ODI was abandoned due to rain without a ball even being bowled. The series is thus very much open for both sides who are chasing World Cup qualification.
Temba Bavuma will lead South Africa while Shai Hope will lead the Windies. 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 the 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 in 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.
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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.
Ahead of the second ODI, South Africa have major injury concerns. Wiaan Mulder and Keshav Maharaj have been ruled out because of a side strain and a torn Achilles. Wayne Parnell who was named as Mulder’s replacement is down with an illness. Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have been rested for the series. David Miller are not a part of the side. Miller will be back for the final ODI. There are no injury concerns with the Windies side who are also fighting qualification chances.
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South Africa last played an ODI series against England they won 2-1. West Indies lost their previous ODI series against New Zealand 2-1. Both teams have played 62 ODIs to date with the Proteas winning 44 games while Windies winning just 14. The matches against the Netherlands will be played on March 31 and April 2.
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The SA vs WI 2nd ODI starts at 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 at 1 pm local time. The first ODI was washed out due to rain. However, weather conditions are expected to be better in the second ODI.
The temperature will be around 23 degrees with the sun expected to shine through the clouds. There will be cloud cover spells in the evening, meaning dew is expected to play a part in the contest. There was just a day’s gap between the two games and hence it will be interesting to see how well the ground has been prepared for the second game.
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