ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019
Venue: County Ground, Bristol
Date & Time: 26 May 2019
RR: 7.5 | Match Abandoned
We have two more Warm up games coming up on 27th May! Australia take on Sri Lanka at Southampton and England lock horns with Afghanistan at The Oval. Both the games begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Hope we get two full games. Till then, take care and goodbye!
A very frustrating day of cricket comes to an end! Rain played spoil sport in both the Warm up games today. The Pakistan and Bangladesh one did not see even a ball being bowled. Here however, we had the toss which the Windies won and elected to bowl. De Kock and Amla started off in explosive fashion. After around the 10th overs though, rain interrupted and the players were off. It was a long delay but the players did walk out again only for a few balls before rain arrived again. The wait then continued. It did end. The players did march out for a 31-over-per side game again but another drizzle saw the umpires call it off!
So that should probably be it! The inevitable has happened! The players are seen shaking hands and THE GAME HAS BEEN CALLED OFF!
Guess what? We are going off again! The umbrellas are out and the covers have been called on. However, the Windies players are not in a rush to get off so, it might not be very heavy. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Oshane Thomas is on!
Loud cheer from the crowd as the players trudge out! The breakdown of the Powerplays are as follows - 1-6 - PP1, 7-25 - PP2 and 26-31 - PP3! Powerplay 2 signalled by the umpire as we are set to resume the game. Jason Holder to continue bowling from the fourth ball, Amla on strike!
Update 1525 local - Woohoo! Good news! It has stopped raining and the captains have met and discussed with the outcome of it being that we will be having more cricket! The game will be a 31-over affair and play will begin at 1530 local, in 5 minutes from now!
Update 1500 local (1400 GMT) - The update is no update! Nothing seems to be happening here as such. Just a whole lot of waiting while the conditions are still wet.
Update 1359 local (1259 GMT) - Well, well, well... Do not get too excited folks. The match is not going to begin. The covers are coming on again!
Update 1345 local (1245 GMT) - The rain has stopped and the covers are being removed. We are expecting a start in about 10-15 minutes from now i.e around 1400 local time!
1315 Local (1215 GMT) - We are still waiting for the conditions to become better. We have started losing overs. No such improvement yet though...
Well, they go off again! So 7 balls is all they had come out for. This is frustrating for the players and the crowd but that is how one assumes the day is going to be. Let's up once again hope, it is not a long delay and this time, if we come on, we don't go off then.
Jason Holder to bowl from the other end!
The players make their way out to the middle. It is not Gabriel who is going to continue his over, instead, it is Russell who has the ball in his hand.
1146 Local - We have news for you and it is good! The rain has stopped and the covers are off. Play will resume 1150 local.
It has started to pour now! It was drizzling for quite a while but the umpires now feel they need to walk off. On come the covers, let's hope it is not a long delay.
Shannon Gabriel comes into bowl.
Sheldon Cottrell to bowl with the other new ball.
The West Indies team is in a circle near the boundary rope. They walk in followed by the two South African openers. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla to open for the Proteas. Cheers around the ground as the players walk in. Jason Holder has the first new ball in hand. Two slips in place for the right-hander, let's play!!!
South Africa skipper, JP Duminy says that it is important to understand conditions here which will be different to the previous game in Cardiff. Regarding Faf, JP says that the original skipper will be batting but Duminy himself will be heading the team on the field in the bowling innings. Signs off by saying they are just trying different things.
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder says that they would like to field first because it looks like a fresh wicket, make first use of it with the overhead conditions. He feels that the preparations have been solid and they want to take the form into the tournament. Tells that these matches will be an opportunity for guys to perform roles given to them, get used to conditions in England and also their last chance to finalize the playing eleven. He mentions that they have named only 12 players today with Roach, Allen and one more which he cannot recollect missing out.
TOSS - WEST INDIES win the toss and elect to bowl first.
PITCH REPORT - Michael Holding, one of the two pitch experts for us today tells us that the surface looks pretty hard with a little bit of grass but he is not expecting a lot of lateral movement as it is usually like in Bristol. He reminds that there are short straight boundaries here so advises the bowlers to not miss the length on their yorkers. Graeme Smith the other pitch analyst states that the wicket does not look like the best surface he has seen but expects it to play better than it looks. He tells that the batsmen need to work hard early but stroke-making will become easier as time goes. Feels the batsmen need to run hard between wickets especially since the conditions will not be taxing either.
Welcome to this warm-up game between South Africa and West Indies. It is the last and final game that the team from the African continent will be playing before the opening fixture of the World Cup on 30th May against England! They did win their previous game quite comfortably but it was against a weak Sri Lanka side. That said, West Indies might only give a very slightly bigger resistance to the Proteas. The side from the Caribbean is not in the best of form coming into the warm-ups following an unsuccessful tri-series in Ireland where they lost 3 games to Bangladesh. The 2 warm-up games that they have will be very important for them and they face tough opposition in South Africa and New Zealand. A positive result in either game will give them a lot of confidence heading into the mega-event. Toss and pitch report from Bristol to follow...
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,Dale Steyn,Imran Tahir,Kagiso Rabada,Lungi Ngidi,Tabraiz Shamsi
It all looks mixed tale of fortune for West Indies, they outplayed Irish in their matches in the tri-series tournament but were taken aback by Bangladesh in all three matches they played against them in the same series. But with big names like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell's back in the squad the team looks more balanced and the batting depth looks more lethal. The West Indies side looks a vigorous batting side, the only sector concerning them would be their bowling department as they looked blunt in their recent matches. The warm-up game would be a great chance for them to settle their composition. Up against them are the side who are looking all confident with their warm-up game victory against Sri Lanka. They had contributions from each squad member for their victory. They would still like their middle order to fire and likes of David Miller and JP Duminy get valuable practice before the tournament. It will be a heavy-weight clash and have all the ingredients to make this a good one to watch.