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South Africa, West Indies Seek Australia Date for a Shot at Title

South Africa have a bonus point but should they lose, the West Indies will go through having won more matches than the Proteas.

Cricketnext Staff |June 24, 2016, 2:58 PM IST
South Africa, West Indies Seek Australia Date for a Shot at Title

It will be a shootout for a place in the tri-series final when West Indies and South Africa meet in the last league game at the Kensington Oval on Friday for a date with Australia in the title clash.

South Africa, who will be ruing the washout against Australia in the last game, have a bonus point but should they lose, the West Indies will go through having won more matches than the Proteas.

So the equation is as simple as it gets for both the teams – win it to have a shot at the trophy.

The hosts beat South Africa in the tournament opener by four wickets but then lost badly in the return game by 139 runs.

South Africa aren't known to pick their game in crucial games, and the West Indies will like to open those wounds. But the Proteas bowlers have kept the team afloat, especially Imran Tahir who is the tournament's leading wicket-taker with 13 sticks to his credit.

In terms of batting, South Africa rely heavily on their top order led by AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, and the duo will once again be under pressure to deliver when it matters the most.

The hosts would want to give their fans reasons to smile and a chance to buy the tickets for the final on Sunday. But to do that the West Indies team will have to bring its A game on the ground and launch a united attack on the visitors, who have a tendency to crack under pressure.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5442 111
5 Australia 5854 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
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