Washout could leave South Africa World Cup hopes down the drain

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2019

South Africa have managed just one point from the four matches they have played so far and are now languishing at the bottom of the points table, just above Afghanistan whom they will play next Saturday in Cardiff.

They now need to win all of their remaining games to stand any chance of progressing ahead and the addition of Lungi Ngidi would be a big boost.

Quinton de Kock (6) and Faf du Plessis were at the crease.

Earlier, Windies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and elected to field against the Proteas.

West Indies, on the other hand, are now with 3 points from as many games and are now level with Sri Lanka on the 5th spot.

South Africa have to start winning matches to maintain any hopes of making the semifinals. "We haven't played our best cricket so far and we've got to beat Afghanistan", Du Plessis said.

Had Rabada had the opportunity, du Plessis thinks this his strike bowler and new-comer Beuran Hendricks could have helped defend a small total.

Both teams were awarded one point each. He had bowled just four overs before walking off the field. For us it was important on a day like this to start not losing may wickets.

"Generally when you are chasing, it always favours the team batting second", he said.

"We do feel like the news came in and went through the team".

"The way that we are playing cricket, we are playing fearless cricket, so it doesn't matter who we play", he pointed out.

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. However, du Plessis insisted it was too soon to start weighing up permutations in the fight for the top four, or to start wishing for certain teams to trip up to make their own requirement more manageable. The only thing that really matters, he said, is chalking up some overdue wins. It is just performance-wise, we haven't put in the performances we need.

"And I do honestly believe that we have been very far away from that".

The abandoned match gifted the Proteas their first point of the tournament, following an unprecedented three straight losses. As a result, both teams find themselves in a hard position, heading towards the latter half of the group stage.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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