Both these teams got humbled in their tournament openers – South Africa a little less than the West Indies but their defeat to Australia was, nonetheless, chastening.
Their batting’s production of just 118 runs wasn’t due to any meltdowns but just lethargic batting that saw wickets tumble at regular intervals.
Aiden Markram top-scored with 40 but others around him did not survive for long.
Their bowlers did make a match of it and took the game to the final over but in the end, the Aussies prevailed.
In a group that has two clear favourites, an instant bounce back is needed, if South Africa are to harbour any hope of progression.
It’s unreal that the defending champions with so much natural T20 talent could fold like this in the first game of their title defense.
The entire Windies line-up could muster just 56 runs against England in the opener, with just a single batsman (Chris Gayle) managing to get into double figures.
Only a side as mercurial as the Calypso Kings can implode in such a fashion. The question now is, can the Windies recover? On historical evidence, they can. If anyone can, they can.