West Indies vs South Africa 2nd T20I Betting Tips 27/06/2021

June 27, 2021
Zohaib Ahmed
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West Indies vs South Africa 2nd T20I Betting Tips 27/06/2021

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West Indies

This is what a change of format can do to the West Indies. Up until a few days ago, the Caribbean side was getting its hind parts kicked at the hands of South Africa in the two-match Test series, which they ended up losing 2-0. Days later, as the over were reduced, the same team with different and older faces blew their tormentors out of water in the opening T20I.

Of course, South Africa did them many favours but the Windies, in the end, was a different class and got to the 161-run target with eight wickets and five overs to spare. They batted with such a relentless pace that they could have easily gotten to a 200-run target, had the Proteas managed to post that.

The scary part is that the backbone of Windies’ hard-hitting batting did not even get to flex their arms. Just Evin Lewis at the top did most of the damage as the likes of Chris Gayle took the back seat, while captain Kieron Pollard did not even get to bat.

South Africa

On the evidence of the first T20I, South Africa have a tough series ahead. The Proteas have played several T20I series this year where they have had their hands full and eventually lost. But this is different.

This time they are at their full strength, with all their quality pacers fit and free from any league commitments. This is also pretty much the batting unit they plan (or planned) to carry into the T20 World Cup later this year. This was their Plan A or A-team but even that was ragdolled by their ruthless hosts.

That said, the start to their innings wasn’t entirely bad. In fact, in the 7th over, when Quinto de Kock departed, the score was 61-2 and the run rate was close to 10 an over. Then, they slowed down, and names such as Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller actually scored less runs than the balls they faced despite coming at fifth and sixth spots respectively where acceleration is the key.

While their batting was unimpressive but not outrightly poor, the bowling, supposedly their strength, was completely overmatched. Apart from Arnrich Noertje and Tabraiz Shamsi, everyone was taken for runs at an eyewatering rate.

Can they recover from such a flat performance? That depends on what kind of adjustments the Africans can make. Perhaps, playing an extra spinner could do the trick against a Windies unit that thrives against pace.

What do the Sportsbook Say

West Indies are again the favourites. 22Bet has them priced at 1.54 and South Africa at 2.3. Bet365 has West Indies priced at 1.53 and South Africa at 2.50. Lastly, LeoVegas has West Indies available for 1.60 and South Africa for 2.28.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: West Indies to win At 1.60

On the evidence of the first T20I, there is no way anyone can back South Africa. It was just way too easy for the West Indies to demolish their guests. Until the Africans show that they can compete, the play will always be to back Windies for the win. This play at odds of 1.60 can be found at LeoVegas.

Tip: Highest opening partnership – South Africa @ 1.85

Despite the happenings of the first T20I, one area where South Africa still have an edge over Windies is fast bowling. Granted that Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi were extremely poor in the opener, they and Noertje generally do well. They could not get an early wicket in their first outing, which will motivate them further to try harder in the follow-up game. Furthermore, the Windies pairing of Andre Fletcher and Evin Lewis are generally much bigger risk takers than the South Africa openers Reeza Hendricks and De Kock. The former got their payoff in the first match. They might not get the same results the second time around, needing the Windies middle order to deliver a shellacking this time. This bet can be found on 22Bet.


In a nutshell, this Windies side just has too much firepower for most teams in the world, let alone South Africa, who are in a period of transition. Windies are like the Avengers ensemble whereas South Africa are a mishmash of regulars. It’s a mismatch and that should show in results.

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