Rain wash South Africa's hopes down the drain

Rain wash South Africa's hopes down the drain

"If he can just get through the first 10 or 15 overs then I'm sure there's a big score coming. But it is stuff like that generally you feel like it can make you, give you direction in your team and give you objective to focus on what lies ahead". "Both teams wanted to play and get results but you can't control the weather".

"To me, it's just a mental thing".

De Villiers, who was the captain of the South African team in the last World Cup in 2015 and led them to the semi-finals, said he was exhausted when taking the retirement call previous year and despite requests from the selectors, didn't agree to reconsider his decision.

"AB and I are still friends", he said. "In terms of the point, we'll take the point and move forward in the competition", a disappointed West Indies head coach, Floyd Reifer said afterwards. The top four sides will qualify for the semi-finals.

Another washout would likely scupper their hopes. While a no-result would rob the fans of a great clash, New Zealand fans will probably see it as a good thing as they now sit top of the table.

"A couple of bad results and cracks can start to appear but that honestly hasn't happened to us". Economically we are struggling a little bit, so we want people to wake up in the morning at 5 o'clock and 6 o'clock with a smile on their face, seeing West Indians playing good cricket, ' he continued.

South Africa may leave Rassie Van der Dussen who has groin injury as if he does not put on Aiden Markram most expected will easily reach the eleven. "Right now, for us, we need to focus on our performance. It was just a conversation", du Plessis said.

"The guys are still enjoying being on tour, enjoying being here".

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"The further the game goes, the closer to a T20 game, being two down already, the odds are heavily in their favour".

"So that's a testament to our culture". It's nearly as though they are playing for their place in every game.

Earlier, West Indies won the toss and elected to field first at the fresh-looking Rose Bowl track.

West Indies coach Floyd Reifer refused to lament a victory opportunity lost, instead insisting his side will continue their aggressive approach. Chris Gayle needs to be cautious to begin subsequent to even though facing impression pace.

"Like I said, it's the weather".

West Indies will play against England at the same venue, on Friday.

"In terms of the point, we'll take it".

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