India Today:- The World Cup 2019 match between South Africa and West Indies in Southampton was washed out on Monday as only 7.3 overs were possible after Jason Holder won the toss and opted to field first.
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.
West Indies, on the other hand, are now with 3 points from as many games and are now level with Sri Lanka on the 5th spot.
But before rain arrived, West Indies had the Proteas in early trouble as fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell’s 2 wickets reduced them to 29/2 in the 8th over.
First to fall was veteran Hashim Amla (6), whose poor run with the bat continued as he attempted a square cut off a wide delivery, only to edge a simple catch to Chris Gayle at 1st slip.
This was the 4th successive under-15 score for Amla who has looked woefully out of touch at the World Cup 2019.
His replacement Aiden Markram’s stay at the crease was also shortlived as he gloved a Cottrell delivery that was going down leg, into the hands of a diving Shai Hope.
Captain Faf du Plessis joined Quinton de Kock in the middle to try and resurrect the innings but 8 balls later the showers arrived forcing the players off the field.
Later on, even though the rain did stop intermittently, the ground was too wet to allow the possibility of any further play happening.
This was the second game in this World Cup that has been washed out, after the clash between Pakistan and Sri Lanka had to be abandoned without a ball being bowled.
West Indies will next play hosts England on June 14 before South Africa meet Afghanistan a day later.