South Africa vs West Indies Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019: Match abandoned due to rain
South Africa vs West Indies As It Happened, ICC World Cup 2019: Catch all the highlights from the match between South Africa vs West Indies.
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Highlights: The match between South Africa and West Indies has been abandoned due to persistent rain in Southampton. Both teams take one point each. South Africa get on board in the tournament after losing their first three matches.
South Africa vs West Indies, highlights:
Match abandoned due to rain
The match has been unfortunately abandoned due to persistent rain in Southampton. The teams take one point each. South Africa, who were at 29/2 in 7.3 overs, get off the mark in this tournament after four matches.
Just when the umpires walked out to inspect the pitch, rain returned to Southampton. Match is unlikely to begin.
Bad light issue
The covers are coming off at Southampton, but it’s getting dark there. There might be a bad light issue at the ground.
Next inspection at 8:15 pm IST
The umpires have inspected the ground and gone back. They’ll take another look at the ground at 8:15 pm IST. Play is likely to begin again in a few minutes.
Umpires inspect the ground
The umpires are inspecting the ground. According to Cricbuzz, the outfield and the bowler run-ups look fine.
The drizzle returns
After a short time, it’s drizzling again in Southampton. The covers are coming back on the ground.
Rain has stopped. The clouds are disappearing and the grounstaff are draining the ground, reports Cricbuzz. Hopefully, the rain will stay away this time.
Rain had stopped for a while but it is back now. The wait continues and the frustration grows.
The rain is still continuing - the intensity has gone down. A T20I game could be on the cards in case the match begins by 21:30 IST.
According to reports, it has started to become brighter in Southampton. But the rainfall is still continuing.
Rain grows strong
According to report from Cricbuzz, the rain has grown stronger in Southampton. There seems to be no stopping this rain, at the moment.
Rain stops play
The gloom continues and it has started spitting, the umpires have dragged the players off the field. Much needed respite for the South African batsmen, West Indies were right on top. We could be in for an extended period of delay here
There comes the march and there comes the salute. Another short of a good length delivery, with extra lift. Markram tries to nudge it behind square, gets a feather and is gobbled out by Shai Hope. South Africa are under extreme pressure here, 2 wickets have fallen in the gloom
Short of a good length from Cottrell, it bounced on Amla who tried to ride it, but the ball takes the edge and flies to Chris Gayle who accepts the catch and shows the ball to the crowd. What scenes, not if you are in the South African camp! Salute, Sheldon.
Quinton de Kock takes guard, the conditions are overcast, Sheldon Cottrell will run in with the new ball, there will be seam and swing on offer and this is the challenge for the South African openers.
South Africa playing XI
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
West Indies playing XI
Chris Gayle, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Jason Holder speaks
“We would have bowled first as well with this weather around. There is forecast for rain and it could be an overcast game throughout. We played two of the strongest sides early on and the guys are looking not to be negative because that will set them further down. It’s a long tournament. We’ve two changes - Aiden Markram is back and Beuran Hendricks is in as well.”
Jason Holder speaks
Holder: We’ll bowl first. Overcast conditions all around and rain is expected, so this is the right decision. No point on dwelling on past results and South Africa are in a difficult situation as well. Hopefully we can do better. Two forced changes - Andre Russell isn’t fit, so Darren Bravo is in. So is Kemar Roach.
West Indies win toss and elected to field.
Chris Gayle and Kagiso Rabada will go head-to-head in this fixture. This will be an interesting battle on the cards as the seamer has been in good form, while Gayle is in an explosive head-space.
West Indies predicted XI
West Indies will be looking to bolster their bowling attack some more and as a result, Kemar Roach can find a place in the playing XI. He will replace Carlos Brathwaite in the team. Here’s why - READ MORE
South Africa Predicted XI
Rassie van der Dussen may miss out. According to reports, the middle order batsman has sustained a a groin injury sustained during the game against India. If Van der Dussen is unfit, then Aiden Markram will be slotted at the number three position.
Battered South Africa, boisterous West Indies
Three matches, three losses, a spate of injuries, experienced campaigners in a rut, a captain who is jittery and a team which is falling around him. South Africa are battered and they will now face the swag and coolness of West Indies, a side which is playing with absolute freedom. Yes, there are concerns even in the Windies camp, but clearly their free spirit will be in stark contrast to the negativity in and around the South African camp. For starters, Faf du Plessis needs to rally his troops and convince them they are good enough and a win here might just get their campaign back on track.