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

File image of players of the West Indies cricket team during a practice session. (Getty Images)

File image of players of the West Indies cricket team during a practice session. (Getty Images)

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

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.

first published:June 24, 2016, 14:58 IST