Faf du Plessis hopes AB de Villiers row sparks South Africa

South African cricketers during a training session at the Rose Bowl in Southampton

South Africa, desperately needing a win after defeats in all three of their matches so far at the tournament in England and Wales, lost the toss and were put in to bat under threatening skies.

However, du Plessis has insisted that the morale in the South Africa camp is still high. They have lost three games ... but we know they have world-class players so we can't underestimate their ability. If South Africa lose one of their remaining five fixtures they will nearly certainly be eliminated from the World Cup.

"Generally when you are chasing, it always favours the team batting second", he said. Sheldon was excellent again with the new ball. "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".

Asked how the situation with De Villiers developed at his pre-match press conference in Southampton on Saturday, Gibson revealed he had spoken to the 35-year-old and told him he should have made it clear he was available earlier in the year.

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

Aiden Markram never settled and he fell to Cottrell in the seventh over for five, gloving a short delivery angled into his rib cage for wicketkeeper Shai Hope to take a well-judged catch diving to his left down the leg side.


"We need to start playing better cricket, more consistent, more solid cricket".

There was brief hope just after lunch that at least the minimum 20-over-a-side game might be able to take place, but every time the covers were removed, the rain returned, and the umpires eventually chose to call it a day shortly after 4pm BST.

We don't mind giving away runs.

He hoped the individuals within the team will stand up and pull the side up. With Lungi, the amount of bowling that he's been doing this tournament, he hasn't bowled a lot and then he picks up an injury and it is probably on the verge of can he and can't he play? The Delhi clash in the 2011 World Cup saw de Villiers rack up another century (107 off 105 balls) as the Proteas sealed the match in the 43rd over after West Indies had been bowled out for 222 by Imran Tahir (4-41) and Dale Steyn (3-24).

The Met Office has also predicted light rain in Bristol for tonight's game between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (11 June).

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