World Cup, WI vs SA: Toss, team news, pitch report, weather; Russell out injured

West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first in its World Cup 2019 match against South Africa.

Faf Du Plessis of South Africa flips the coin during a Group Stage match of the Cricket World Cup 2019 between South Africa and West Indies at Hampshire Bowl in Southampton.   -  Getty Images

Toss: West Indies captain Jason Holder wins the toss and opts to bowl at Hampshire Bowl, Southampton in match 16 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Team News: West Indies has made two changes. Andre Russell and Evin Lewis aren't fit and have been replaced by Darren Bravo and Kemar Roach.

South Africa has also made two changes, bringing in Aiden Markram and Beuran Hendricks in place of J.P. Duminy and Tabraiz Shamsi. 

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Playing XIs:

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis(c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks

Pitch report: "This is one of the biggest grounds of the tournament. Straight boundaries are really long and the ones square are reasonably big too. The pitch looks soft and the fast bowlers should relish the track with the new ball in particular. There might not be as much misbehavior as there was during the South Africa-India game but the quicks should still love bowling here, weather permitting." say Shaun Pollock and Ian Bishop in their analysis.

Weather: The conditions are overcast and and it seems like we're in for a rainy day in Southampton. A washout is also a possibility.


Jason Holder: Overcast conditions all around and rain is expected, so we want to make the best use of the pitch. We have to move on (from the Australia loss). No point on dwelling on past results and South Africa are in a difficult situation as well. Hopefully we can do better.

Faf Du Plessis: We would have bowled first as well with the nature of the weather around. There is forecast for more of the same and it could be an overcast game throughout. We played two of the strongest sides early on, India and England. Obviously the loss to Bangladesh was difficult. The guys are looking not to be negative because that will set them further down. It's a long tournament. Previous match we played here had a bit in it for the bowlers. The locals have said that it's a flat wicket but it hasn't been that way. Hopefully, it should be better today.

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