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South Africa vs West Indies 1st T20 Predictions & Tips - Markram to mark captaincy debut with a big score

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Last updated: 24 Mar 2023
Ralph Staniforth 24 Mar 2023
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  • Watch South Africa vs West Indies in the 1st T20 on Saturday (12:00 GMT)
  • Hosts have won 4 of their last 5 against the visitors
  • Can Markram carry his SA20 form into the international arena?
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Aiden Markram
Markram to top score for hosts (Getty Images)

South Africa vs West Indies Predictions


South Africa are heavy favourites at home so the value is in the run scoring markets. With the 2022 T20 World Cup the last time they both played this format, I am backing Aiden Markram to get among the runs for the hosts.
  • South Africa vs West Indies Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • South Africa Form
  • South Africa Injuries & Team News
  • West Indies Form
  • West Indies Injuries & Team News

  • South Africa have won 4 of their last 5 T20I matches against West Indies.
  • South Africa have lost their last 2 T20I matches.
  • South Africa’s Aiden Markram has scored 26+ in his last 3 T20 innings.
  • West Indies have lost 2 of their last 3 T20I matches. 
  • West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran scored 39 & 39 runs in the last 2 ODIs.

Head to Head


South Africa have won four of their last five T20I matches against the West Indies. The last match ended in an eight-wicket win for the Proteas in 2021.

South Africa Form


South Africa won the Test series 2-0 against the West Indies before the two drew 1-1 in the ODI series. 

The Proteas have not played T20I cricket since their failure to progress at the T20 Cricket World Cup in 2022. They suffered an embarrassing defeat against the Netherlands in their final group match which cost them a place in the semi’s.

With a new coaching staff in place South Africa will hope their T20 fortunes can change. There is no better place to start than against a West Indies side who they’ve dominated in the past.

South Africa Injuries & Team News


Aiden Markram will have his first taste of captaincy as he takes over from Temba Bavuma. Proteas have a strong squad which includes Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Rilee Rossouw, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.

West Indies Form


Despite T20 being seen as the West Indies strongest format, the flamboyant islanders have not hit their best form for some time. They did not make it past the first round at the 2022 T20 World Cup.

The Windies lost to Scotland and Ireland during the qualifying round. Their victory over Zimbabwe only saved some face.

However, the West Indies showed some good fight in the recent ODI series against South Africa. They will hope to take that forward into the shortest format.

West Indies Injuries & Team News


Rovman Powell leads the Windies side for this series. Key players include Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran and Odean Smith. A number of the players featured in the SA20 earlier this year so conditions won’t be foreign to them.

Verdict

Aidan Markram and Nicholas Pooran is backed to top score for their respective sides.

Best Bet: Markram Over 23.5 Over/Under Runs @5/6 at bet365 - 3 Units
Best South Africa Batsman Tip: Aidan Markram Best South Africa Batsman @11/5 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Best West Indies Batsman Tip: Nicholas Pooran Best West Indies Batsman @3/1 at bet365 - 1 Unit
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