Rain plays spoilsport in WI-SA match
The third one-day international between South Africa and West Indies was abandoned due to rain on Friday.india Updated: Jan 31, 2004 01:53 IST
The third one-day international between South Africa and West Indies was abandoned due to rain on Friday.
Earlier, The West Indies scored 147 for eight against South Africa on Friday in a third one-day international reduced to 40 overs by rain at Kingsmead Stadium on Friday.
South Africa was set the revised target of 169 in 40 overs, as calculated by the Duckworth-Lewis system.
West Indies captain Brian Lara had no option after a pair of rain breaks but to hurry his team's attack on a pitch which was not conducive to good strokeplay.
After the second rain interruption, the West Indies resumed at 98 for three after 30.5 overs - the innings anchored by a fine effort from Ricardo Powell, who hit 50 off 71 balls in exactly 100 minutes.
He came in with the West Indies looking precarious very early on, at 3-1, and batted in a controlled fashion. He hit six fours at a damp Kingsmead, and he reined in his natural aggression to give his team the kind of start it has lacked so far in the series.
South Africa won the first two matches to lead the series 2-0. In the periodic drizzle, South Africa had some uncharacteristic lapses in the field. The biggest of those was Mark Boucher's missed stumping of Brian Lara when he had four.
Jacques Kallis was the best of South Africa's bowlers, finishing with three wickets for eight runs in just three overs. Up front, Shaun Pollock was his usual frugal self, taking 1-18 in his eight overs.