South Africa earn first point after West Indies game is washed out

ICC World Cup: Rain halts play after Cottrell's double blow

Beleaguered South Africa face the West Indies in Match 15 of ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2019 at The Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton on June 10 (Monday).

Heavy rain in Hampshire put paid to proceedings after a start that promised much, with the Proteas reduced to 29-2.

But while du Plessis was a relieved man to finally get a point, the West Indies would have been left disappointed with how the game eventually panned out. They have lost three games ... but we know they have world-class players so we can't underestimate their ability.

The Proteas are next in action when they take on Afghanistan in Cardiff on Saturday.

Du Plessis said he had started to consider scenarios as the number of potential overs kept reducing, and was thinking a total of 200-plus from 30-35 overs would have made for a good contest.

Speaking after Monday's washout game against West Indies, South African captain Faf du Plessis disclosed that he and retired cricketer AB de Villiers had telephonic conversation on this during the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this summer.

The teams thus shared a point each meaning South Africa finally opened their account on the points table but they remain winless after 4 games.


"It is tough on a wicket like that, opening up the innings, you need a bit of luck to go your way". As a result, both teams find themselves in a hard position, heading towards the latter half of the group stage.

This year, the African team has not been able to perform well in the tournament so far. Both teams wanted to play and get results but you can't control the weather.

"Lungi will be ready for the next match which is important for us - we are looking for a bowling attack that is as strong as possible".

The expected eleven players for West Indies was Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wicket-keeper), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (Captain), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell. "We just have to take the one point and look forward to the other games". "[Three in three] would have probably been happy with that at the start of the tournament", he added.

"It is too far away", du Plessis said.

This was the second match of the World Cup to be abandoned because of rain following the wash-out between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

West Indies will play against England at the same venue, on Friday.

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