June 10, 2019 / 10:41 AM / 7 days ago

Desperate South Africa in trouble at rain delay in must-win clash

Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - South Africa v West Indies - The Ageas Bowl, Southampton, Britain - June 10, 2019 People take shelter as rain stops play Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - South Africa laboured to 29 for two from 7.3 overs before rain stopped play in their must-win Cricket World Cup clash against the West Indies at the Rose Bowl on Monday.

West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl under heavy skies, picking up the wickets of Hashim Amla (6) and Aiden Markram (5), both off the bowling of seamer Sheldon Cottrell (2-18).

Quinton de Kock (17 not out) and captain Faf du Plessis, who has yet to score, are at the crease for South Africa, who lost their opening three games of the tournament and are in desperate need of victory or face an embarrassing early elimination.

Rain had been predicted throughout the day in Southampton, with the outfield already slow, making scoring boundaries more difficult.

Reporting By Nick Said; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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