“Rain ruins WI’s good start”


From 11 a.m. the lights at the ground were turned on in dark and overcast conditions. Some 45 minutes later, a drizzle turned into a heavy downpour of rain that put paid to any more play when South Africa were rattled at 29 for two in 7.3 overs.

The one point each left the West Indies on three points from as many matches and it provided South Africa an opportunity to get off the mark in the points standings after four matches when play was called off at 4:20 p.m.

Fast bowlers Sheldon Cottrell and Kemar Roach, in his first match of the tournament, clearly had South Africa on the back foot after Jason Holder decided to field first on a seamer’s pitch.

Hashim Amla edged a delivery with pace and bounce from Cottrell to Chris Gayle at slip and Aiden Markram gloved a ball down the legside for wicket-keeper Shai Hope to take another memorable catch off Cottrell, who had both wickets for 18 runs in four overs.

The rain then came in pacer Oshane Thomas’ first over and ended the contest before a sizeable crowd of mostly West Indians.

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