The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match between South Africa and West Indies was abandoned on Monday at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium, Southampton after persistent heavy rains made it impossible to continue the match. Both the teams will get one point each from the match. Courtesy a washout, South Africa now have one point in four matches while West Indies have three points in three matches.
Initially, West Indian fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell had bowled an excellent spell reducing Faf du Plessis’s side to 29 for the loss of two wickets before the rain came in.
South Africa, who were desperate to get off the mark in the points table after losing all their three matches, lost the all-important toss as the overcast and weather conditions were perfect for seam bowling. Understandably, West Indies invited the South African team to bat first.
The Proteas were soon in trouble when opener Hashim Amla edged a Cottrell bowl to the first slip and Aiden Markram also fell prey to his bowl after having only five runs to show alongside his name.
However, in the very next over, which was being bowled by Oshaine Thomas, the rain stopped play and it could not be resumed further owing to persistent showers.
West Indies stand at the fifth position in the points table while South Africa are at the ninth place in a ten team ranking setup. South Africa’s hopes of making it to the semi-final, once shining brightly is now only glimmering with only a point to show in the points table after four matches.
Notably, this was the second match in the tournament which was washed out after Pakistan and Sri Lanka match was also abandoned.
West Indies meet England on June 14, Friday while South Africa take on Afghanistan on June 15, Saturday, in their World Cup campaigns ahead.