Live Updates

  • 9:24 PM IST

    That’s that folks! We cannot say, “Hope you enjoyed the coverage,” coz there was hardly any action today. Until tomorrow, it’s goodnight.

  • 9:05 PM IST

    West Indies captain Jason Holder: “A great start by the bowlers. Particularly by Sheldon – very important to have a good start with the ball in these kind of conditions. We have been getting new-ball wickets, and we don’t mind giving runs in the first ten overs, if we get wickets up front. We are hoping Russell pulls up alright in the next few days and be ready for the England game. We were in a good position today, but we can’t control the weather. I guess we were hoping we would get a full day today, but nothing we can do about this so we have to move on and play well in the future matches.”

  • 9:04 PM IST

    Time for the mandatory captain’s talk. First up, South Africa’s Faf du Plessis: “Rain-affected matches are the worst. Both teams wanted a result, but you can’t control the weather. You want to start on a day like today without losing wickets – but they have a lot of strike bowlers up front, and they managed to get two wickets. It mostly suits a team batting second in a rain-affected match. But even then, in a 30-35 over game, you can defend, but we didn’t get anything today. Lungi will be ready for the next match which is important for us – we are looking for a bowling attack that is as strong as possible. We have Afghanistan next, so we need to put in a solid performance and get some momentum there.”

  • 9:00 PM IST

    It’s official

  • 8:50 PM IST

    29/2 in 7.3 overs is all we have managed, thanks to the persistent rains in Southampton.

  • 8:47 PM IST

    And that’s that! The match has been abandoned, both South Africa and West Indies walk away with one point each.

  • 8:43 PM IST

    Meanwhile, an official word is expected in the next 20 minutes.

  • 8:43 PM IST

    Get a load of this stat

  • 8:39 PM IST

    For whatever it is worth, the hide and seek continues, and the rain has stopped for the umpteenth time.

  • 8:27 PM IST

    Yes, somebody, please

  • 8:25 PM IST

    Guess no more play possible today

  • 8:24 PM IST

    Oh dear! Our man, Aditya from The Rose Bowl has just given us bad news, rain has returned and it’s getting heavier as well. Covers are coming back on.

  • 8:17 PM IST

    The hover cover is coming, but, wait a minute, it’s gotten dark again. It’s not raining but the groundsmen are on standby for a light situation.

  • 8:00 PM IST

    Fingers crossed!

  • 7:58 PM IST

    Looks like the rain has stayed away. Next inspection at 3:45PM local time (8:15PM IST)

  • 7:55 PM IST

    Umpires have gone back and the first cover is being peeled off.

  • 7:27 PM IST

    The covers are back on again, that’s right!

  • 7:27 PM IST

    There will be an official inspection at 15:15 local time, 19:45 IST. Meanwhile, scratch that, a slight drizzle has resurfaced again. This is going to be a painstaking wait!

  • 7:15 PM IST

    Prayers answered! The sun is beaming now, groundsmen are beginning to roll up the covers now, outfield looks fine.

  • 7:06 PM IST

    Aditya from The Rose Bowl with the latest update

  • 7:05 PM IST

    The drying process has begun, but with all that rain, the task at hand is massive.

  • 6:49 PM IST

    More positive news. It’s getting brighter and a few white clouds moving above the ground.

  • 6:43 PM IST

    Finally, some good news! The rain has stopped. The groundsmen are back trying to drain the covers.

  • 6:22 PM IST

    Well, the rain did stop for a while bringing with it some hope. And it has dashed all hopes again making a startling return.

  • 5:46 PM IST

    How about that?

  • 5:41 PM IST

    Mark Nicholas on air says that the cut-off time for a T20 game is 17:00 local which is 21:30 IST. So, there is still quite a lot of time.

  • 5:41 PM IST

    Here’s an update! The drizzle continues, however, the intensity of the rain has reduced. It’s biting cold out there.

  • 5:25 PM IST

    The man sides of Chris Gayle

  • 5:06 PM IST

    Guess your prayers are answered! It’s gotten a bit brighter at The Rose Bowl, informs Aditya. But a drizzle persists. Some hope!

  • 4:42 PM IST

    That’s about it, folks!

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 15 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between South Africa and West Indies at the Rose Bowl , Southampton on Monday.

South Africa might be running on thin ice but their mood in the ground doesn’t depict it. By the looks of it, that they are one more loss away from virtually having their World Cup campaign cut short seems to be an afterthought. At the Ageas Bowl on Sunday, ahead of their contest against the West Indies, South Africa looked nothing like a team to have started with three losses. Instead, they remain cheerful, with players being spotted laughing in the hallway, followed by a light session of football.

It however doesn’t erase the fact that South Africa are living on the edge. Simply out, they aren’t anymore reflective of a side which hasn’t lost an ODI series in the last 12 months. The batting remains concerning and there is no clarity about Lungi Ngidi’s fitness, even though he did bowl in the nets. Against India’s Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, they looked clueless, while faring slightly better against the pacers. That they got four Indian wickets and troubled them openers early shaped as a positive, but there remain other aspects which need monitoring.

Their opponents, West Indies haven’t done too bad for themselves, with their pacers, bundling Pakistan out for 105 and later shredding Australia’s top order to have them at 38 for 4. But from there they lost steam, indicating that West Indies, despite brimming with promise, continue to seek the killer blow. Oshane Thomas has been quite the find, and Jason Holder rarely disappoints. It’s the likes of Carlos Brathwaite and Shimron Hetmyer, who need to improve upon their consistency, and hence it wasn’t surprising to see both receiving a hit-out in the nets on Sunday.

Speaking of which, it was a session was one which had no signs of Andre Russellafter the allrounder was seen favouring his knee against Australia at Trent Bridge. But assistant coach Roddy Estwick confirmed that he would be available for the game.

What works for the West Indies is that their fielding and catching has been pretty polished. They haven’t committed too many errors as yet in the World Cup and they’d want it to continue and shouldn’t mid ticking a few more boxes along the way. The last time these two sides met was three years ago, during a tri-series in the Caribbean. West Indies are an exciting team to watch because you know that if they come together, no one is safe, especially a precariously-placed South Africa.