WI vs SA 4th T20: After defeat in the 3rd T20 against South Africa, Kieron Pollard-led West Indies are looking to bounce back and level the series when they face Temba Bavuma’s South Africa in the 4th T20 match. Mumbai Indians teammate Quinton De Kock has given Pollard a hard time. While getting him out as quickly as possible is the target, there are other areas they need to improve on. Andre Russell’s inconsistency is the other problem.
On paper, Kieron Pollard’s West Indies is the best T20 team on the planet. With the likes of Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell besides Pollard in the ranks, it can defeat anyone. But the T20 world champions haven’t played together in many games since the 2016 triumph and that has crept into the team. But with ICC T20 World Cup coming up, West Indies need some good shows. South Africa series is one of the many preparatory matches as West Indies look to push forward.
InsideSport takes a look at five things that West Indies need to improve on to level the series against South Africa.
Solving QDK puzzle: Quinton De Kock has brought his IPL 2021 form into the series and has troubled West Indian bowlers throughout. The Opening batsman has slammed as many as 135 runs at an average of 45 and finding a way to get rid of Quinton de Kock as early as possible is the key. The pacers have fallen short in controlling him and they will need to solve the QDK puzzle.
Someone needs to bat through the innings: While West Indies is heavily reliant on its top-order with the likes of Chris Gayle featuring in it, what they need is someone like Chris Gayle to bat through the innings. That will help them stretch the innings longer and put up a challenge for South Africa. But that hasn’t happened yet. In the last two matches, WI kept losing wickets in the middle and failed to live up to the required run rate.
Bowling well in powerplay: The other area where bowlers have come up short is the powerplay. In the last match, West Indies conceded 56 runs in the powerplay and then too many runs in the death overs as South Africa took the match away. Kieron Pollard & Co need to address that.
Russell & Pollard’s form a concern: In the middle-order, West Indies have problems too. Although Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard are known for their power-hitting, they have failed to do so in the ongoing series. They are inconsistent and as the top-order has misfired too, without solid partnership in the middle-order, West Indies have failed to put up big scores.
Heavily reliant on top order: Their failure in the middle-order has made them heavily reliant on the top-order but Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle and Even Lewis all have had hits and misses. Kieron Pollard & Co need to fire in the middle-order to alleviate the pressure off the top-order.
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