Washout could leave Proteas' World Cup hopes down the drain

Roddy Estwick is confident the West Indies can defeat South Africa

Roddy Estwick is confident the West Indies can defeat South Africa

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.

Imran Tahir then bamboozled the West Indian batting with his leg-spin while grabbing 5-45 as South Africa equalled the then biggest win by runs - 257 - a World Cup record that lasted just six days when Australia annihilated debutants Afghanistan by 275 runs in Perth.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis informed Star Sports that Lungi Ngidi was recovering well from his injury.

Earlier, Windies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and elected to field against the Proteas.

South Africa will now face Afghanistan this Sunday at 12.30am while West Indies will take on England 9.30pm this Friday.

"We are hoping that it's around the corner for him", Du Plessis said. I think to say no, it didn't, or to say yes, it did, unites us as a team.

'Hash is a class player, ' Du Plessis said. "Like most of our batters, it's just a matter of getting in, and getting those starts converted into runs, because if you can get through the first 10-15 overs, that's when the scores come". "We batted seven overs, they are not expecting a shortened game, so the pace that you go at, and losing two wickets, [changes things]".

"We do feel like the news came in and went through the team. I'm sure next time most guys will be in that position and will make better decisions".

That brought Aiden Markram to the wicket but he had only made five when he tickled a Cottrell delivery down the legside and wicketkeeper Shai Hope completed the catch to leave South Africa in deep trouble at 28-2 in the seventh over.

The top four teams from the group will progress to the knockout stage. "Right now, for us, we need to focus on our performance".

"We would have probably been happy with that (three points from three games) at the start of the tournament".

"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".

"In that situation the blame game can start but I do honesty believe we´ve been very far away from that". "But it's obviously really out of our control".

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