The 5th place Playoff Semi-final 1 of the 2020 ICC Under-19 World Cup will be played between South Africa U-19s and West Indies Under-19s at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (1:30 PM IST) (8:00 AM GMT). This match will be live on Star Sports 3. Live streaming will be available on Hotstar.
Match Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
The caravan of the 2020 edition of the ICC U19 World Cup rolls on and the fifth-place Playoff semi-final will see hosts South Africa U19 lock horns with West Indies U19s. Both former champions- South Africa in 2014 and West Indies in 2016- are no longer in contention for the title after they lost their respective Quarter-finals to Bangladesh (by 104 runs) and New Zealand U-19s (by 2 wickets).
They will be looking to make amends and hopefully give themselves the best chance to finish at No.5. The winner of this game will lock horns with the winner of the second 5th playoff semi-final between Australia and the loser of Friday’s quarter-final fixture between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
It is expected to be a bright and sunny day in Potchefstroom on Saturday. According to the weather report, spells of sunshine is set to be the order of the day in the city on Saturday. While the temperature is set to be between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius, the humidity will hover around 41%. Chance of rain- minimal.
The past three games in Potchefstroom has seen a great balance between the bat and ball. While the teams batting first have managed to rack up totals in excess of 250, the teams’ chasing has found it pretty difficult. Both sides will be looking to bat first and defend later on Saturday.
Average first innings score:– 227 [In the last three games at the venue]
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability:
Kirk Mckenzie was carried out of the ground following his cramps. There is no update as of now regarding his availability for the fixture.
Probable Playing XIs:
South Africa Under-19s
Jonathan Bird, Khanya Kotani [WK], Bryce Parsons (C), Luke Beaufort, Tyrese Karelse, Tiaan van Vuuren, Jack Lees, Pheko Moletsane, Gerald Coetzee, Achille Cloete, Modi Khumalo.
Bench – Manje Levert, Odirile Modimokoane, Andrew Louw, Merrick Brett
West Indies Under-19s:
Kimani Melius (C), Leonardo Julian (WK), Kevlon Anderson, Kirk McKenzie/Daniel Beckford, Antonio Morris, Matthew Forde, Nyeem Young, Matthew Patrick, Joshua James, Ashmead Nedd, Jayden Seales.
Bench – Ramon Simmonds, Mbeki Joseph, Avinash Mahabirsingh, Kirk McKenzie/Daniel Beckford
South Africa U-19- Bryce Parsons [252 runs in 4 games], Luke Beaufort [201 runs in 4 games] and Jonathan Bird [132 runs in 4 games] have been the cornerstone of South Africa’s batting thus far. Tiaan van Vuuren [4 wickets] and Achille Cloete [5 wickets] has been the leading wicket-takers for the home side thus far.
West Indies U-19: The duo of Kevlon Anderson [161 runs], Kimani Melius [123 runs] will once again have to be the cornerstone of their batting-unit in case Kirk McKenzie, who racked up 99 runs in the last game, does not feature tomorrow.
Nyeem Young [130 runs & 7 wickets] could once again turn out to be the X-factor. As far as bowling is concerned, Jayden Seales [8 wickets], Joshua James [2-45] and Ashmead Nedd [8 wickets] will be the ones to watch out for.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Kevlon Anderson, Nyeem Young, Bryce Parsons, Luke Beaufort
Vice-Captain – Kimani Melius, Gerald Coetzee, Leonardo Julian, Jonathan Bird
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Leonardo Jullian, Luke Beaufort
Batters – Kevlon Anderson, Kimani Melius, Jonathan Bird
All-Rounders- Bryce Parsons (VC), Nyeem Young (C), Tiaan van Vuuren
Bowlers- Jayden Searles, Ashmead Nedd, Achille Cloete
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Leonardo Jullian, Luke Beaufort (VC), Khanya Kotani
Batters – Kevlon Anderson, Kimani Melius (C), Jonathan Bird
All-Rounders- Nyeem Young, Joshua James
Bowlers– Jayden Searles, Ashmead Nedd, Gerald Coetzee
Both sides have had in-form top-order batsmen thus far with Bryce Parsons, Kimani Melius, Kevlon Anderson racking up runs consistently. Another good pick as captain could be Nyeem Young who has chipped-in with runs as well as wickets thus far.
West Indies U19 is expected to come out as the winners.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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