Prime News, International Sport, Cricket, Southampton (England), June 11:- Faf du Plessis can take some positives out of a washout at the Cricket World Cup. South Africa picked up a point against West Indies and ended a three-game losing streak.
And with it, the South Africans retained some hope of qualifying for the semi-finals, despite originally estimating they’d need to win their last six group games to advance. The first of their remaining five games is on Saturday against Afghanistan in Cardiff.
Only 7.3 overs were bowled at Hampshire’s Rose Bowl last night after West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat, expecting the Duckworth-Lewis run-rate calculator to come into play with heavy rain in the forecast
West Indies paceman Sheldon Cottrell twice got to use his trademark wicket celebration — the military-style salute — when he had Hashim Amla (6) caught by Chris Gayle at slip and Aiden Markram (5) caught behind. South Africa was struggling at 29-2 when play was suspended and the wicket square covered. South Africa opener Quinton de Kock was unbeaten on 17 and du Plessis was not out without scoring.
Rain continued intermittently and there was no further play. Du Plessis said he’d 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.
The West Indies, meanwhile, was aiming for a second win in the tournament after opening with a commanding win over Pakistan and losing a tight contest to defending champion Australia. West Indies coach Floyd Reifer said a point was better than nothing, but his team came to win.
The West Indies will stay in Southampton to take on top-ranked England, featuring former Barbados fast bowler Jofra Archer, on Friday. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)