AB de Villiers is the South African captain. Image courtesy of AFP.
With both sides boasting a win and a loss from their opening two matches, South Africa and the West Indies go into their Champions Trophy group game at Sophia Gardens duelling for a place in the semi-finals of the competition.
South Africa could welcome pace spearhead Dale Steyn back into the ranks for this do or die clash, with the 29 year-old training without discomfort after missing his sides loss to India and victory over Pakistan with a side strain. Should Steyn return, slow left arm bowler Aaron Phangiso would be the man to miss out given the Cardiff wicket is likely to be more conducive to the face men then the spinners. All of the batsman have got starts in the opening two matches but captain AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla will again be relied upon to get big runs in the absence of Graeme Smith and Jaques Kallis.
The West Indies will again be without regular wicketkeeper Dinesh Ramdin against the Proteas as he serves the second leg of his two match ban for contrary conduct. Johnson Charles took the gloves in his place in the Windies 8 wicket loss to the India on Tuesday and also top scored with 60 in that match. Allrounder Darren Sammy blasted 56 from just 35 deliveries to give his side some hope in that match after the middle order failed and Ramnaresh Sarwan in particular will be in the spotlight after scoring just two runs in as many visits to the crease.
South Africa has won 18 of the past 20 meetings between these sides including the past 12, although they haven’t met since the 2011 World Cup in India.
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