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#CWC: Proteas take on Windies in ‘do-or-die’

Both teams have suffered defeat at the tournament, making this game somewhat of a must win.

FILE: Proteas's Hashim Amla in action. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Friday's Cricket World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground can easily be described as a do-or-die match, as both sides could ill afford another defeat.

Both teams have suffered defeat at the tournament, which would make this game somewhat of a must win.

South Africa crashed to a 130 run defeat to India last Sunday, their heaviest loss at a world cup.

West Indies went down rather embarrassingly to minnows Ireland in their opening fixture, a defeat that could leave them struggling to advance to the quarter-finals should they lose again.

The Proteas are still licking their wounds after that loss to India, with Wayne Parnell taking a lot of slack for his poor bowling performance, going for 85 runs in 9 overs, and he can't afford a repeat performance against the aggressive Windies batting line-up.

But despite that, the Proteas are favourites to beat the Islanders.

Prior to the World Cup, South Africa outplayed the West Indies in an ODI series, eventually winning 4 games to 1.

Then of course, there's Chris Gayle who scored a double ton against Zimbabwe in the team's previous match, an ominous sign for the Proteas who will have to try an contain him.

However Gayle sat out training a day before the match as he's nursing a chronic back problem.

Captain AB de Villiers says the big hitter is always a threat.

"The fact that he scored runs isn't a surprise; it is never a surprise to see him bat like that. It is matter of just making sure that you have your plans in place against him. He is a world class player and can win games for his team from almost any situation. He is a guy you need to look out for and make sure your plans are really clear."

Coverage of the match gets underway from 4:30am on Friday morning.

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