South Africa, West Indies split points after rain stops play


South Africa's chances of qualifying for the Cricket World Cup semi-finals were dented when their game against West Indies was called off due to persistent rain.

In the end, both South Africa and West Indies shared a point each in their latest ICC Cricket World Cup match, leaving the former in a hard position. The West Indies are back in Southampton on Friday to play England and skipper Jason Holder hopes all-rounder Andre Russell will be fit to face the hosts after missing Monday's game with a knee injury. There has been 2 matches between the two teams in England so far.

He added they will be bolstered by the return of seamer Ngidi in their next fixture against Afghanistan in Cardiff on Saturday.

"The horse is out of the shed, if that's the right wording", said du Plessis.

In very overcast conditions, West Indies won the toss and Jason Holder promptly chose to field first and handed over the new ball to Sheldon Cottrell.

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.

The first wicket of the day came in the third over, when Hashim Amla was flustered by a series of seam variations from Cottrell. "Both teams wanted to play and get results but you can't control the weather".

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He assured South African fans that the team would not leave any stone unturned as they bid to turn their fortunes around. Lungi will be ready for the next match.

West Indies paceman Sheldon Cottrell reduced South Africa to 29 for two before rain stopped play in their World Cup match in Southampton on Monday.

"We would have probably been happy with that (three points from three games) at the start of the tournament".

At 16:15, the umpires said enough is enough and the game was abandoned, with both sides taking a single point.

The Caribbean side have used their fast bowling attack to good effect in the tournament, blasting out Pakistan in their opening game in Nottingham before also having Australia on the run in their second game last Thursday at the same venue before tasting defeat. 'I think they are all feeling really good and we have to believe that a big score is around the corner'.

For a brief period, the skies cleared there lurked the possibility of a T20 match somewhere, which, as per West head coach Floyd Reifer, would have been an ideal scenario for his players to land a knockout blow to South Africa.