Host Carl Lewis and cricket punter Lwanele Poswayo preview the first ODI between South Africa v West Indies in East London. South Africa and West Indies will lock horns in the first game of the three-match ODI series tomorrow. Buffalo Park in East London will host the contest.
South Africa, led by Temba Bavuma, earlier named their squad for the first two ODIs of the series. But they won’t be having the services of Keshav Maharaj, who sustained an injury during his team’s second and final Test against their Caribbean opponents.
Maharaj ruptured his Achilles while celebrating a wicket after which he had to be stretchered off. In his absence, Bjorn Fortuin, who had an excellent campaign for the Paarl Royals in the inaugural SA20, is the only spin-bowling option for the hosts.
Skipper Temba Bavuma must be high on confidence after scoring a hundred in the final Test. Sisanda Magala bowled well in the ODIs against England and should be raring to go. Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock bring in a truckload of experience in their batting department.
West Indies, on the other hand, will be playing under new skipper Shai Hope after Nicholas Pooran stepped down. Roston Chase and Shannon Gabriel have returned to the ODI setup. Anderson Phillip and Jayden Seales are injured and will miss out.