FAF du Plessis can take some positives out of a washout at the Cricket World Cup: South Africa picked up a point against West Indies and ended a three-game losing streak.
And with it, the South Africans retained some hope of qualifying for the semifinals, despite originally estimating they’d need to win their last six group games to advance. The first of their last five games is on Saturday against Afghanistan in Cardiff.
Only 7.3 overs were bowled at Hampshire’s Rose Bowl on Monday after West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat, expecting the DuckworthLewis run-rate calculator to come into play with heavy rain in the forecast.
West Indies paceman Sheldon Cottrell twice got to use his trademark wicket celebration — the military-style salute — when he had Hashim Amla (6) caught by Chris Gayle at slip and Aiden Markram (5) caught behind. South Africa was struggling at 29-2 when play was suspended and the wicket square covered.