Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of  Match 7 of the Tri-Nation series One-Day International (ODI) match between Australia and South Africa at Bridgetown, Barbados. This is R Narayan and I will be bringing you the live updates of this match. It is South Africa, who find themselves at the top of the table at this crucial juncture of the tournament. Australia at 9 points are however just one point behind the Proteas. A win tonight and it will be Australia on top and will be more or less assured a place in the final of the tri-series. South Africa will come all guns blazing in this match as well. Full Scorecard: Australia vs South Africa, Match 7, Tri-Nation Series 2016 at Barbados.

Match has been called off, and both teams get two points each!

Another inspection expected in 15 more mins, although not much of a good news expected!

Bad news coming in. Umpires reveal pitch isn’t drying, and not good enough to start. With rain imminent, chances of play look bleak!

Another inspection scheduled after 30 mins!

Well, they are trying everything now!

Good news coming from Barbados. The covers are being taken off!

Rain stops play!

SA 8/0 |  Ovs. 1| BATTING: Hashim Amla 0(1), Quinton de Kock 5(5) : Mitchell Starc to open the bowling for Australia. De Kock opened his innings with a four towards the backward point region. DOT as de Kock blocks an in-swinging delivery. DOT as de Kock manages only a thick inside edge .WIDE second extra of the over. Starc looking worried about the landing area on the pitch. Calls in the ground staff to apply some sawdust on the dampened area. DOT again. Starc keeps it full as de Kock gets his toes saved. SINGLE to long leg region as Hashim Amla comes on the strike for his first ball. WIDE. Starc going haywire in the first over. DOT to finish the over.

Playing XI:

Australia XI: Finch, Khawaja, Smith (c), Bailey, Maxwell, Marsh, Wade, Faulkner, Starc, Hazlewood, Boland

South Africa XI:  Amla, Q de Kock, du Plessis ,  de Villiers (c),  Duminy, Behardien, Morris,  Parnell,  Rabada,  Morkel,  Tahir

Australia name three changes, while South Africa announce just a solitary change

TOSS: Steven Smith led Australia win toss, elects to field first with danger of rain looming

After a rain filled morning ,the conditions at Bridgetown, Bardados are currently cloudy and devoid of any sunshine.

South Africa certainly have the momentum going into this match, having won their last match against West Indies comfortably. However, they did lose to Australia prior to that, which gives the Aussies a slight edge. But Australia plundered a golden opportunity to ease past the West Indies in their previous match, but the hosts were too good on that day and chased down a formidable target of 266. Tri-Nation series 2016, 7th ODI, Australia vs South Africa, Preview and Predictions

Australia will definitely miss the services of David Warner yet again at the top. But they still have a decent back up in Usman Khawaja, who narrowly missed out on his maiden ODI ton in the previous match against West Indies.  For South Africa, Hashim Amla has been in top form already scoring a fifty and a ton in his four matches so far. South Africa have hard-hitters like AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis down the order, if the openers fail.

Squads:

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (c), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Farhaan Behardien, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Kyle Abbott, Dean Elgar (Rilee Rossouw’s replacement).

Australia: Steven Smith (c), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell,Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wk), Adam Zampa.

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