The players are out there for the anthems. The South Africa team head onto the field. It’s Simmons and Lewis opening, not Gayle. Spin first up. Every player on the ground is taking a knee. Markram to sneak an over of offspin first up.
1.50pm Pitch looks a good surface. It is a new surface. Matt Roller tells me it’s two strips over from the surface used in West Indies game against England. The chasing team has been dominating here this year winning 11 of 15 T20s in total and that trend has continued in this tournament. He is listed at 2 on the team sheet. He and Lewis average 58 at a strike-rate of 170 together in T20Is compared to Lewis and Simmons who average 38 at 160.
1.40pm Some breaking news, Cricket South Africa has issued a directive that the South Africa team must collectively take a knee pre-game.
1.30pm South Africa won the toss and will bowl first. No surprise. Temba Bavuma: “It’s been a bit challenging to know what a good score is so we want to have a look.” Huge news, Quinton de Kock is out! Bavuma: “He’s made himself unavailable for personal reasons.” Reeza Hendricks is in. Obed McCoy misses out for the West Indies and Hayden Walsh is in.South Africa: 1 Reeza Hendricks, 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Aiden Markram, 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 David Miller, 6 Heinrich Klaasen (wk), 7 Dwayne Pretorius 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi West Indies: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Dwayne Bravo 9 Akeal Hosein, 10 Hayden Walsh, Ravi Rampaul
1.20pm Trey: “QDK has to come to the party today if SA are to win this one” He has a huge role to play today, Trey. He made three straight half-centuries against West Indies earlier this year. Dwayne Bravo is a good match-up for de Kock having got him four times. It will be interesting if West Indies opt for Roston Chase as well given de Kock is uncomfortable against right-arm offspin. Sheldon Smith: “Can the West Indies block out all the noise and play the kind of cricket that they are capable of?,, If not they will become their worst enemies” Here’s what coach Phil Simmons had to say about the England debacle.
1.10pm In the USA, you can watch this game live on ESPN+ in English and in Hindi. Dwayne Bravo is reinventing himself in T20, age be damned. He is Deivarayan Muthu’s feature on the man who won both the CPL and IPL this year.
1pm Hello and welcome to ESPNCricinfo’s coverage of this crucial Group 1 clash between South Africa and West Indies. Alex Malcolm and Peter Della Penna with you today. Both sides are coming off tough losses in their opening games. West Indies particularly have a lot of ground to make up after their net run-rate debacle against England. Here is Firdose Moonda’s match preview.Dipanjan Show: “The WI Series last June was one of the rare bright spot for South Africa cricket in recent time, and it also made me feel good. Hope they can beat the Windies today, otherwise their campaign will be pretty much dead.”