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Washout against Windies gives Proteas first point

Southampton: A struggling South Africa got their first point of the World Cup after their game against the West Indies was abandoned due to persistent rain here on Monday.

South Africa were 29 for two in the eighth over when rain stopped play at the Hampshire Bowl and intermittent showers meant no play was possible for the rest of the game.

Both teams shared a point each for the called-off game, giving South Africa their first point of the tournament after three back-to-back losses against England, Bangladesh and India.

The West Indies, who beat Pakistan before losing to Australia, have three points from as many games.

The West Indies, who opted to bowl in overcast conditions, were on top before the rain arrived as pacer Sheldon Cottrell removed Hashim Amla (6) and Aiden Markram (5) after the West Indies opted to bowl. Quinton de Kock and captain Faf du Plessis were batting on 17 and 0 when rain lashed the ground.

“Rain-affected matches are the worst. Both teams wanted a result, but you can’t control the weather. You want to start on a day like today without losing wickets – but they have a lot of strike bowlers up front, and they managed to get two wickets,” said du Plessis at the post-match interaction.

The West Indies had the upper hand before rain arrived.

“We were in a good position today, but we can’t control the weather. I guess we were hoping we would get a full day today, but nothing we can do about this so we have to move on and play well in the future matches,” said West Indies captain Jason Holder.

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