Gayle or not to Gayle? My tips in the South Africa v West Indies relies heavily on Chris Gayle being fit, from all reports he’s meant to have recovered and is back in at his opening spot. They managed to get over the line without him batting in the Sri Lanka game, but I didn’t fancy their chances if they were set a bigger chase. The big man was at his destructive best against the Poms, and the men from the Caribbean look a much stronger outfit with him at the top of the order.
South Africa can go level on points with West Indies if they can beat them tonight, and history suggests they’ve got a decent chance of doing so, they’ve won six of their nine clashes with West Indies. Confidence amongst the South African bowlers can’t be that high, first they let England knock of a mammoth total and then they conceded 172 against Afghanistan. However their batting is something else, on both occasions in this World Cup they’ve set 200+.
This will be a cracking match and worth staying up for or coming back in for, West Indies will have too much with Gayle fully fit, get on them at $2.3
Chris Morris has impressed me, he adds a lot with both bat and ball, he didn’t fare that well against the Poms but bounced back to take 4-27 against Afghanistan. He stood out against the minnows when all other seamers were going around the park. He’s my pick to be top South African bowler at $4.5.
Oddschecker’s best bet
Both teams have numerous match winners, and numerous players who can clear the ropes with ease. It looks like it will be a high-scoring affair, our best bet is over 12 sixes at $1.83 with Bet365. South Africa have hit 23 in their first two games and West Indies 17.