#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.
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.