Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Proteas earn first Cricket World Cup point thanks to rain

Proteas earn first Cricket World Cup point thanks to rain

"It was just a "this is what I'm feeling" [phone call]".

"It was just a conversation, a phone call the night before the team got announced", the official website of the Cricket World Cup quoted du Plessis as saying.

Du Plessis insisted South Africa boast strong camaraderie even in the wake of their shortcomings on the field.

But he then made polished half-centuries against both Sri Lanka and the West Indies in the warm-up matches.

South Africa must win their final five matches to qualify from the round robin group stage however, with clashes again Afghanistan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia still to come.

South Africa still have five games pending and Benkenstein believes his team will have to strategise more spontaneously to get better results.

Defeat to the West Indies would have left South Africa with nearly no chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. The pressure is on them and it isn't hard to spot that coming out in their play.

"I do feel there was enough in that wicket with our bowling attack.(but) the further the game goes, the closer to a T20 game, being two down already, the odds are heavily in (West Indies) favor", he said.

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"Like I said, it's the weather. We are very happy with the performance overall".

With two wickets falling inside 10 overs, no one could estimate as to what would have happened had there been a resumption.

South Africa batting coach Dale Benkenstein knows it's now or never for his side and has urged his batsmen to step up their game if Proteas want to make it to the semifinals of the 2019 World Cup.

"Lungi will be ready for the next match will be good to have him back", Faf du Plessis said in a post match interview after the match was abandoned.

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.

West Indies will play against England at the same venue, on Friday. "We're making them remember when they played well and that you can't just become bad players in a week". I'm sure the West Indies saw that game as a big chance missed in terms of putting one of the tournament favourites away.

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell missed Monday's game with a knee injury, but Holder said: "We are hoping he pulls up alright".

"We wanted to play a full game today", he told media here.

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