The first SA vs WI ODI will be played in East London on March 16. This is the first of a three-match ODI series. The match starts at 7.30 pm IST. South Africa previously won the Test series 2-0 heading into the ODI series.
This ODI series is a part of the ICC ODI Super League with World Cup qualification up for grabs for South Africa. They are placed ninth in the rankings with 78 points. West Indies are placed eighth with 88 points. Sri Lanka are placed tenth and have a sniff depending on the result of this series.
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Temba Bavuma will lead South Africa while Shai Hope will lead West Indies. He was chosen as the ODI skipper of the team after Nicholas Pootan stepped down as the white-ball skipper after the Windies failed to qualify for the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup 2022. The Proteas are missing a few of their key players due to injuries and some if they have been rested for the series. The likes of Kagiso Rabada and David Miller are not a part of this ODI series against the Windies. Miller will be available for the third ODI.
South Africa last played an ODI series against England they won 2-1. West Indies lost their last ODI series against New Zealand 2-1 played back in August 2022. Cricket South Africa has asked all its major players to be available for this ODI series and the next against the Netherlands at home. They need to win both of them for direct qualification for the ODI World Cup later this year.
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Recent Venue Records (Buffalo Park, East London)
STATS – ODI
Total matches 25
Matches won batting first 13
Matches won bowling first 12
Average 1st Inns scores 225
Average 2nd Inns scores 194
Highest total recorded 369/6 (50 Ov) by RSA vs BAN
Lowest total recorded 115/10 (43.4 Ov) by ENG vs RSA
Highest score chased 257/5 (47.1 Ov) by SL vs NZ
Lowest score defended 129/10 (41.4 Ov) by RSA vs ENG
Who Will Score Most Runs For South Africa: Quinton de Kock / Tristan Stubbs
Who Will Pick Most Wickets For South Africa: Andile Phelukwayo / Sisanda Magala
Who Will Score Most Runs For West Indies: Nicholas Pooran / Shai Hope
Who Will Pick Most Wickets For West Indies: Akeal Hosein / Alzarri Joseph
SA vs WI Match Prediction – Who Will Win Today’s South Africa vs West Indies Match? 1st ODI, 2023
Playing in home conditions, South Africa have an advantage over the Windies. They have won 44 out of the 62 ODIs played between both sides and are favorites to win the first ODI.
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