CWC19: South Africa vs West Indies – What Did We Learn

What did we learn from the fickle English weather preventing a result between South Africa and West Indies?

What a fizzer! After West Indies started off almost as well as they did against Australia, taking two early South African wickets inside the first 8 overs (they took four against Australia), we were in for a mouth-watering contest, only for rain to come, not as anything substantial, but just a light drizzle, the kind of thing that in the days of uncovered pitches they may have played through but nowadays it washes out the whole day, teasing us but never quite allowing play to resume.

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The resultant washout is probably better for West Indies than for South Africa, as West Indies move to 1 win, 1 loss and 1 draw from their 3 matches while South Africa get their first points, after 3 straight losses. South Africa can no longer make the semi-finals on their own backs, and now need to rely on other results to go their way. It has probably knocked South Africa out of the tournament, ending any hope of that fairy tale ending. Of course, it depends on how others go. Perhaps 5-4-1 will be enough. It was a pretty miserable day for cricket.

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