West Indies vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 - As it happened: Match abandoned

West Indies vs South Africa Live Score, World Cup 2019: Latest updates from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 WI vs SA match at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.

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Rain holds up play in Southampton.   -  getty images

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the World Cup 2019 match between West Indies and South Africa at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.

South Africa innings

That's it from us. Thanks for following our updates for what turned out to be a dampner. Join us back for Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka at Bristol tomorrow. Good night.

The match has been called off! South Africa gets its first points of the tournament. West Indies would be left wondering what if after the early two wickets in the powerplay.  This is the second match to be called off in the tournament after the Sri Lanka-Pakistan game last week.

The rain has come to a screeching halt all of a sudden and we will have a final inspection at 8.55 pm IST.

I have lost count now... but it's drizzling raining again at the Hampshire Bowl. They are bringing the covers back on. It's getting heavier at the moment. That should end all hopes of any cricket for the day, including the exciting prospect of a T20 affair.

The covers are coming off and the umpires will have another inspection at 8.15 pm IST. Live images show the super-soppers are at work.

 

Update: When things were looking brighter with the sun out and the groundsmen at work — the drizzle is back again and so does the covers. No word about the official inspection yet.

It's getting a bit brighter in Southampton and the drying process is in full swing at the moment. We might have a game after all.

We have lost over three hours in play now. Another 150-plus minutes stoppage in play will see the match truncated to a T20 contest. Windies will fancy that scenario with their personnel and having opted to bowl first.

Word is that it's drizzling again...

Mark Nicholas says that the cut-off time for a T20 game is 17:00 local which is 9:30 pm IST. Meanwhile, players have taken lunch in Southampton.

Some good news coming in from Southampton, it's got brighter but the rains are yet to relent.

UPDATE: Rain continues and the covers are still on.

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UPDATE from CSA and it's not a good one: It is still raining at the Hampshire Bowl with conditions not improving since the players went off, the covers are still on and the floodlights have been switched on.

Some Chris Gayle fielding (!!) stat crunch for you in the meantime.. He now has more ODI catches (121) than any other out-fielder in West Indies' history!

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The commentators say its not heavy and that the umpires are concerned about the foothole where the bowler's foot lands at the crease. 

There is some drizzle in the area and the umpires call for the covers. The players are walking off the field. 

Markram hasn't quite done justice to his talent in the ODis yet has he? 21 matches since his debut in 2017, no hundreds and just two fifties to his name, which came against Bangaldesh and Sri Lanka. He has got plenty of starts but hasn't been able to convert them.

Oshane Thomas replaces Roach.

Cottrell strikes again! Markram is caught behind trying to tickle a short ball down to third man, but Shai Hope is alert to it and puts in the dive to grab the catch. Markram goes for 5. A wicket maiden for Cottrell. SA: 28/2 in 7 overs

The outfield is a bit damp due to the overcast morning. The ball isn't travelling quickly off the bat.  De Kock slashes Cottrell behind point, but the outfield allows the third man to out in the dive and keep it down to two.  De Kock gets another short ball, this time he cuts it hard between the point and cover fielder and it races to the boundary to end the over. SA: 25/1 in 5 overs

Another early wicket for Cottrell, Amla goes for a hard cut on a short ball and could only get a thick edge of his gloves. The ball loops into the hands of Chris Gayle at first slip. Sergeant Cottrell with his march and salute! Markram is the new batsman. SA: 11/1 in 3 overs

Amla with a gorgeous cover drive for the first boundary of the morning. A half-tracker from Cottrell.

The lights are already on at the venue and its only the second over of the morning. SA: 4/0 in 2 overs

Roach with a jaffa to start his 2019 World Cup, beats de Kock's outside edge and moves away from the 'keeper. Shai Hope with a superb low take and the umpire gives him out after an emphatic appeal! De Kock reviews it immediately and has it overturned! The ball kisses de Kock's thigh pad and not his outside edge. Another poor umpire decision at this World Cup, this time in favour of the Windies, however.

After some play and misses, de Kock gets off the mark. Amla with a neat back foot punch for a double to get going. SA: 3/1 in 1 over

It's going to be Amla and de Kock to open the batting for South Africa. Sheldon Cottrell has the new ball.

Quinton de Kock doesn't have the best of records against the Windies. He has 123 runs in five innings. His scores at the World Cup reads 68, 23 and 10.

It will be interesting to see who South Africa open the innings with. Markram's inclusion allows the management to hold Amla back at No. 3 position.

Chris Morris offers his thoughts in the lead up to the game: Windies are a team playing good cricket. We need to be on top our game. We haver to fight fire with fire. We need to beat them at their own game. Weather is in favour for us. I don't think Windies enjoy the cold. Pretty good (on his own form), I was a bit nervous against Bangaldesh. Happy to put in a good performance against India. We have had a discussion (on de Villiers) as a team natural for a team to do even when we win or loss. We have accepted and moved on. Win and hopefully move on to the next.

Du Plessis: We would have bowled first as well with the nature of the weather around. There is forecast for more of the same and it could be an overcast game throughout. We played two of the strongest sides early on, India and England. Obviously the loss to Bangladesh was difficult. If you can turn the tide, you can rule it. The guys are looking not to be negative because that will set them further down. It's a long tournament.

Jason Holder: We'll bowl first. Overcast conditions all around and rain is expected, so we want to make the best use of the pitch. We have to move on (from the Australia loss). No point on dwelling on past results and South Africa are in a difficult situation as well.

South Africa XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks

West Indies XI: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach

South Africa changes: Aiden Markram and Bueran Hendricks in. JP Duminy and Tabraiz Shamsi dropped.

Windies changes: Kemar Roach and Darren Bravo in. No Andre Russell! Ewin Lewis sits out too. 

West Indies wins toss, elects to bowl first.

Adding to its three straight losses, the South African cricket was irked by the revelation that AB de Villiers had offered to come out of retirement just a day before Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced the World Cup squad. Coach Ottis Gibson spent most of the pre-match press conference fielding questions on the issue.

The International Cricket Council has not only rejected Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s request for wearing keeping gloves which had a dagger insignia but also refused West Indies opener Chris Gayle permission to use ‘Universe Boss’ logo on his bat| ICC rejected Gayle’s request to use ‘Universe Boss’ logo before censoring Dhoni

West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick wants the current generation of Caribbean fast bowlers to carve out their own place in cricket history rather than just be compared to past greats| Windies assistant coach wants the quicks to 'find their own identity'

POINTS TABLE

Kagiso Rabada believes South Africa must put their off-field problems to one side as they look to revive their World Cup campaign against the West Indies at Southampton| Rabada urges South Africa to ignore off-field problems

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South Africa will be banking on recent history repeating itself when it attempts to get its World Cup 2019 campaign back on track against West Indies on Monday at Southampton.

WI VS SA MATCH PREVIEW: Out-of-form Proteas look to recent history ahead of Windies clashes

The Proteas have endured a miserable start to the tournament, losing all three of their matches against England, Bangladesh and India.

While its form has been badly left wanting, South Africa can at least look to a recent World Cup trend for hope ahead of the clash at Hampshire Bowl.

The two heavyweights have met six times in the competition, with the South African national team winning four of those matches – including the previous three.

READ: SWOT analysis: Can South Africa shed the chokers tag?

West Indies is also aiming to get it momentum back on track having followed an opening-match battering of Pakistan with a narrow 15-run defeat in a thriller against Australia.

Star batsman Chris Gayle saw a run of six ODI half-centuries in succession come to an end in that contest and he will want to make a statement against South Africa.

It is perhaps Shai Hope, though, who holds the key for West Indies.

Hope made 68 last time out against Australia and since the start of 2017 he has reached 50 on 16 occasions, twice as often as any other West Indies batsman in the same time period (Gayle is next highest with eight).

Imran Tahir needs to claim a couple of wickets to move to third on South Africa's all-time list of ODI wickets taken against the Windies national team ahead of Makhaya Ntini on 27. He would still be well short of Shaun Pollock (44) and Jacques Kallis (42).

So far this tournament, Tahir has taken four wickets in three appearances while none of his 180 deliveries have been smacked for six.

Teams:

West Indies (From): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Fabian Allen

South Africa (From): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi, Beuran Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Aiden Markram

 

 

The match will be streamed live on Hotstar.