ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Date & Time: 10 June 2019
RR: 3.86 | Match Abandoned
So the second game in this tournament gets abandoned. Match 16 sees Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka in Bristol and if the forecast is to be believed, it is not that great. Fingers crossed. Join us on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 for the game which is scheduled at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
West Indies captain, Jason Holder, says that in these conditions, the new balls are the key and the bowlers did very well. Hopes that his bowlers continue to pick up wickets. Does not mind giving a few runs in search for runs. Hopes to have Andre Russell and others fit for their next clash against England. Given that they have another couple of matches at this venue, Holder says that it gives them time to analyze and adjust and accordingly prepare their plans. Is happy with West Indies' position in the points table but would have been happier had he won the game.
South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, says that it is frustrating. Both teams wanted to play and win but one cannot argue with nature. On the first hour, Faf says that the first hour is always challenging and it felt like the first hour of a Test match where the ball was moving around a lot. Agrees that shortened games usually suit the team batting second but given the dimensions of the ground, anything could have happened if this match had been played. Reckons that Lungi Ngidi should be fit for their next fixture against Afghanistan. Hopes to beat Afghanistan resoundingly and set up some confidence and momentum.
4.15 PM LOCAL TIME (1515 GMT) - THE MATCH HAS BEEN ABANDONED. Nothing surprising, with the covers coming on and off. South Africa still stay winless in this tournament but at least they get on the board. Luck seems to be going away from them and they now need 5 wins in the next 5 games, along with some help from other teams. Their next match is against Afghanistan and they will hope that they win that one, if they get a completed match.
3.45 pm local time (1445 GMT) - Rain and South Africa seem to be enjoying their company. The stage was set, it had got brighter and the umpires were out for an inspection. But then, the heavens opened up and it started raining again. Don't think we are far away from an abandonment.
1445 LOCAL UPDATE (1345 GMT) - Well...well...well. Just when we thought the rain had stopped and we were all set to resume as the covers were coming off, rain gods once again started pouring and the covers went back on the pitch.
2.30 PM LOCAL UPDATE (1330 GMT) - The rain has stopped. Yay! The conditions have got a bit brighter, though we can still see some dark clouds hovering around. The ground staff has started its work and a couple of Super Soppers are doing the rounds. No word on an inspection yet. Guess it will take at least 30-40 minutes of this mopping before the inspection.
1400 LOCAL UPDATE (1300 GMT) - There is not much of a change in the update as it is still raining. It had stopped for a while and just when the groundsmen started mopping, it started raining again. It is drizzling as of now but there are big dark clouds which are making their way towards the ground which is a major concern.
1300 LOCAL UPDATE (1200 GMT) - There is no change in weather as it is still raining and Mark Nicholas on air says that it is still dark, grimy and wet. He also says that the weather forecast for the day is not very motivating. We are also informed that the last time to resume this game is 1700 Local.
12 NOON UPDATE (1100 GMT) - A progress from the previous update. The conditions were not that dark when the players left the field but now it has gone darker. There was only one hover cover when play was stopped, now there are plenty of covers. It was just a slight drizzle at that time, now it is raining heavily. Oh boy, the forecast of a thunderstorm seems to be proving right.
Oh, no! It has started drizzling and there is an assumption that a thunderstorm will come in soon so they have decided to get off the field. Let's hope that rain gods are kind on us today and we resume soon.
First bowling change. Oshane Thomas is into the attack now.
South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis walks out to bat next. His team needs a special innings from here today.
Aiden Markram walks out at number 3.
Referral time! West Indies are jubilant here. Because Quinton de Kock has been adjudged caught behind, albeit after a long pause. De Kock does not pause though and takes it upstairs straightaway. What was the sound?
Kemar Roach to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
Done and dusted with the national anthems. The West Indies players are in a huddle with their skipper, Jason Holder having a few words before they take their respective positions in the field. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla walk out to open the innings for South Africa. Sheldon Cottrell to start the proceedings with the first new ball.
Both sets of players walk out to the middle for their respective national anthems. First up it will be West Indies who are the visiting team for this game. Followed by South Africa's who are the home team for this contest. We are not far away from the start of this game.
South Africa Playing XI - Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Faf du Plessis (C), Aiden Markram (IN FOR JP DUMINY) , Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks (IN FOR TABRAIZ SHAMSI).
West Indies Playing XI - Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo (IN FOR EVIN LEWIS), Shai Hope (WK), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach (IN FOR ANDRE RUSSELL).
South African skipper, Faf du Plessis says they were looking to bowl first as well due to the overcast conditions. On the bad start to the tournament, Faf says they played two tough teams, in India and England and losing to Bangladesh was a big blow and informs they are not focusing on the negatives. On the team changes, du Plessis informs Markram and Beuran Hendricks come into the playing XI today. On what he thinks of the pitch, du Plessis says he has spoken to the locals and they have said it is a very flat wicket.
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder says they want to field first due to the overhead conditions. Says they have to move on from the last game and try to once again get into a winning position. Holder informs they have two forced changes as Lewis and Rusell are injured so they are replaced by Darren Bravo and Kemar Roach.
TOSS - South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis has the coin in hand. Up it goes, West Indies skipper, Jason Holder calls Heads and it comes down in his favour. WEST INDIES OPT TO BOWL FIRST.
PITCH REPORT - Ian Bishop and Shaun Pollock are the pitch reporters for the game. Bishop starts by mentioning about the weather and he says it is grey and overcast and informs rain is predicted later on in the day. Bishop later says it is a bigger ground and from the Northern End the boundary straight down the ground is big as it is 82 m and from the Pavillion End it is 84 m straight. Pollock from the other end says that in the last game, South Africa players had a bit of assistance from the surface for the fast bowlers. Pollock says that it is a soft pitch but he reckons that it won't do much but further adds that both teams have good fast bowling options and the ball might do something in the first 20 overs.
Welcome to the coverage of match 15 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. An injury stuck and depleted South Africa take on West Indies. It's a very crucial game for the Proteas who have their backs against the wall after losing all three of their opening matches. A loss here will dent their chances to qualify for the semi-final significantly. Faf du Plessis and his men will need to put in a better performance if they want to get their first win of the tournament. West Indies too enter this contest on the back of a defeat against Australia. Jason Holder and his troops had the game by the scruff of their neck but let it slip away from them. The team from the Caribbean Islands will look to put that behind them and get back to winning ways against South Africa. Will the Proteas rise back up or will West Indies pile on their misery? An interesting clash awaits us. Stay tuned as the toss is not far away.
West Indies Team Squad -Darren Bravo,Evin Lewis,Shimron Hetmyer,Andre Russell,Carlos Brathwaite,Chris Gayle,Fabian Allen,Jason Holder,Nicholas Pooran,Shai Hope,Ashley Nurse,Kemar Roach,Oshane Thomas,Shannon Gabriel,Sheldon Cottrell
South Africa Team Squad -Aiden Markram,David Miller,Faf du Plessis,Hashim Amla,Rassie van der Dussen,Chris Morris,Dwaine Pretorius,JP Duminy,Quinton de Kock,Andile Phehlukwayo,Beuran Hendricks,Imran Tahir,Kagiso Rabada,Lungi Ngidi,Tabraiz Shamsi
It has not been the best of starts for South Africa in this World Cup, with three straight losses in as many games. Injuries to key players are not helping with Dale Steyn ruled out of the tournament and Lungi Ngidi not available for one week at least. And if that was not enough, then the AB de Villiers controversy has taken centrestage at a time when the Proteas would want to avoid off-field issues. Their batting has not been firing while the bowling has been reliant only on Kagiso Rabada. They have their backs to the wall and need to win 6 out of 6 for a direct passage into the semis. That might just motivate them. But can they execute their plans well? For, their opposition is one powerhouse. West Indies will believe that they should have won against Australia, irrespective of the umpiring decisions, as they lost crucial moments in the game. The bowling is coming together while the batting is becoming more and more consistent. Probably for the first time in more than 20 years, the Caribbeans start as favourites. Having said that, the Saffas would believe that this is the perfect opportunity to turn things around.