Proteas earn first Cricket World Cup point thanks to rain


"So, as it got a bit later in the day, then you would rather get the point and go", du Plessis said after the match was abandoned. "It didn´t have a big impact", Du Plessis told reporters. "You know we wanted to play a full game today".

West Indies captain Jason Holder was left to rue what might have been after his side's clinical start. But we can't control the weather. I think to say no, it didn't, or to say yes, it did, unites us as a team.

Darren Bravo came in for the West Indies to replace injured opener Evin Lewis.

'Hash is a class player, ' Du Plessis said. He had bowled just four overs before walking off the field.

There didn't seem to be much prospect of any batsmen getting themselves in on a tricky deck, however.

"We do feel like the news came into the camp and just went through the team". You get culture and then you get the actual performance on the field.

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.

The group stage format is a round robin, where all ten teams play each other once, in a single group. The Proteas now needs to play fearless and attacking cricket. When we play them, we want to play the same brand of cricket that we are playing, what we executed in the past couple of games. They've lost all of their games and the bowling line-up has been rattled by injuries.

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

West Indies will be looking to register their second win while South Africa will look to register their first points in the Points table. The only thing that really matters, he said, is chalking up some overdue wins.

"In that situation the blame game can start but I do honesty believe we´ve been very far away from that". "Right now, for us, we need to focus on our performance".

"Generally, I find that when a team starts losing two or three games, it can happen that there are a few cracks that can appear in a team and the blame game can start". As a result, both teams find themselves in a hard position, heading towards the latter half of the group stage.