Australia bowled only one over before the match was interrupted by rain © AFP
Australia bowled only one over before the match was interrupted by rain © AFP

Rain took centre stage in the seventh ODI of tri-nation series between Australia and South Africa as the match got abandoned with just one over bowled. Having won the toss, Australian skipper Steven Smith decided to bowl first under cloudy and overcast conditions. Mitchell Starc started off the proceedings, conceding eight runs of the very first over. But before the next over could start, covers came across, after which heavy rain started falling. The game was called off by the umpires after the pitch was deemed not fit to play, and with another spell of shower starting. This result leaves South Africa with 12 points, and Australia with 10 points from five matches. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 7th ODI Match

Australia had made three changes coming into this game, bringing back Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell for Nathan Coulter-Nile and Travis Head, as well as giving a game to Scott Boland for Adam Zampa. As for South Africa, they made a solitary change, with Morne Morkel coming in for Tabraiz Shamsi.

This was the final meeting between these two sides in the group stage. The first encounter saw South African bowling tear apart Aussie batting, bowling them out for a mere 142 and winning the game by 47 runs. Australia though, had their revenge the very next game, as a David Warner century helped them win the match by 36 runs.

The next fixture in this tri-series will be between hosts West Indies and Australia. The game is a must-win for Australia, and as equally important for Windies. Should Australia win the match, they will qualify for the final. Then the hosts will need to beat South Africa by a huge margin in the final fixture to reach the final. But should Australia falter, they will be knocked out of the series, with the other two teams automatically qualifying for final.