South Africa and West Indies are explosive teams, especially in the shorter format. Both teams have produced outstanding individuals in the history of T20 cricket. Chris Gayle, Andre Russel, Karon Pollard, and many others from West Indies have played almost every part of the world where cricket is played. Their explosive batting always fascinates spectators.
On the other hand, the South African team has also produced players like Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, and Herschelle Gibbs were the explosive modern-day players. However, both of them are retired the International cricket. David Miller, known as Killer, is also the center of hope for the team.
SA vs WI Head To Head In T20 WC 2007
Wow!!! What a match that was, the first-ever T20 World Cup and the first-ever T20 of the ICC mega event. A real thriller and a perfect start for an ideal format. West Indies batted first and put up 205 runs on the board, losing six wickets. C. Gayle became the first person to hit a century in an official Twenty20 International. Gayle also set a new record of hitting most sixes in a single inning. He sent 10 balls out of the boundary.
He faced 57 balls for his quick-fire 117 runs. It was a total carnage from Chris Gayle in the first match of the ICC T20 World Cup. Though the day was not merciful to bowlers, Johan van der Wath was the pick of the bowlers. In his full quota of four overs, he conceded 33 runs and took two important wickets.
The reply from the South African team was even better. No one could think at the halfway stage that South Africa will challenge this total. But the counterpunch from the South African opener Herschelle Gibbs provided a perfect start. He made 90 runs consuming 55 balls. With this belligerent batting from the opener, South Africa managed to get over the line leaving 14 balls to spare. In the process, SA lost two wickets. This big won demoralized the WI cause, and they did not proceed to the next round.
WI vs SA Head To Head Match
WI vs. SA in the T20 World Cup 2009 edition. This time West Indies, after winning the toss, chose to field first. South Africa grabbed the opportunity and posted a massive total of 183 on the scoreboard. Herschelle Gibbs once more rescue the team to put up a fighting total. He was the high-run getter of the South African Inning. He made 55 runs facing 35 deliveries. In the process, South Africa lost 7 wickets. The pick of the bowlers from WI was Jerome Taylor for his 3/30 (4).
In reply, West Indies put up a great show. Chasing down such a target is always tricky. Lindl Simmons played a very good inning. It was a mixture of passions and aggressiveness, but he could not get his team over the line. He scored 77 runs for 50 balls. West indies shy 20 runs. W. Parnell was too good for West Indian batters. He bowled four overs, giving away 14 runs, and took four wickets.
2016 WCT20 South Africa vs West Indies
In the last edition of the WCT20, West Indies at last beat South Africa. The match was quite important for West Indies. If they would have lost it, their disqualification was confirmed for the semi-final.
West Indies won, but they let the opposition in. In their 20 overs, South Africa only managed to post a very easy total on the board. 122/8 in 20 overs was not a big deal for teams like West Indies. Nevertheless, the WI made the match interesting and chased down the target in 19.4 overs. A close encounter but WI hold their nerves at the last moment and got over the line.
West Indies chased the target losing seven wickets. Marlon Samuels scored 43 runs facing 44 balls. But the important thing was that WI won the game in the end qualified for the Semi-Final. The best bowling figure from South Africa was Imran Tahir. The Spinner, who took two wickets for 13 runs.
Looking at the track records, South Africa seems a better team based on the records. But, West Indies is doing outstanding by beating all good sides in the cricket world. South Africa will fancy its chance against West Indies to qualify for the Semi-Final.