West Indies Look for a Win after Australia, South Africa Match Abandoned Thanks to Rain

June 20 15:12 2016

ausNew Delhi, Monday, June 20 – An important match was scheduled to take place between Australia and South Africa at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown in Barbados on June 20. Had the match been played, the outcome would have made one team rank at the top of the points table.

If truth be told then sporadic rain denied South Africa an opportunity to qualify for the grand finale, which is slated to take place on June 26. Australia also wanted to come on a safer side but rains have different plans already. Confidence of Proteas was high for the reason that they lately beat West Indies by 139 runs. Only an over was bowled in the 7th match of the ongoing tournament after Australia won the toss and invited opponents to bat first.

Australian Playing XI had Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, captain Steven Smith, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Scott Boland, while the players who were asked to be in extra were Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head, Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon. On the other hand, South Africa squad included Quinton de Kock – the opener and wicket keeper, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers – the skipper, Jean-Paul Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir. The players to sit on bench were Tabraiz Shamsi, Dean Elgar, Aaron Phangiso and Kyle Abbott.

de Kock scored 5 runs off 5 balls, while Amla was not out zero. Given that rainfall forced the abandonment of the seventh match of the Tri-Nations Series between Aussies and Proteas, remaining two matches must have to be won by West Indies if they want to book a berth in the last match. After being crushed by South Africa by a bigger margin, West Indies wish to make best use of the opportunity when they meet Australia in a crucial contest tomorrow. They are to play against South Africa on June 24 too. de Villiers-led side needs only a victory to be in the finals. The Proteas are currently the table-toppers with 12 points in pocket, while Australia are at no. 2 with 11 points, while West Indies are at third spot with eight points.