Faf du Plessis feared truncated game would have helped West Indies

ICC World Cup: Rain halts play after Cottrell's double blow

The rain gods claimed another day in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, with the match between South Africa and West Indies coming to an abrupt halt. "We batted seven overs, they are not expecting a shortened game, so the pace that you go at, and losing two wickets, [changes things]".

Du Plessis insisted that the furore surrounding de Villiers' proposed return from worldwide retirement has not been a factor in the team's disjointed display in the World Cup so far and instead he believes it could be the sort of issue that draws the squad closer together.

South Africa were 29 for two in the eighth over when rain stopped play and intermittent showers meant no play was possible for the rest of the game, giving them their first point after three back-to-back losses against England, Bangladesh and India.

But in the end, du Plessis was pleased he did not have to play in a shortened game, which would have favoured West Indies.

"We do feel like the news came into the camp and just went through the team".

Floyd Reifer, West Indies' head coach, tempered his own disappointment at the washout, but conceded that his team - irrespective of their defeat against Australia last week - would have fancied their chances of inflicting further damage on their demoralised opponents.

"It was a good opportunity to play against them, like any other team in the competition", Reifer said. "We are playing fearless cricket, so it doesn't matter who we play". Next, they lost to Australia by 15 runs, but it was a match they should have won.

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"We have to do the basics better, the batters have to take more responsibility".

South Africa brought in batsman Markram for JP Duminy and left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks, who replaced injured fast bowler Dale Steyn in the squad, made his first start of the tournament, coming in for Tabraiz Shamsi.

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

"When we play them (any team), we want to play the same brand of cricket that we are playing, what we executed in the past couple of games".

After New Zealand's strong start in the tournament, a guaranteed point against World No. 2 India would be a step in the right direction for a semifinal place. "But it's obviously really out of our control".

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