South African coach Mark Boucher, denied by continued showers, suggested his team were better off without a result in the first round of the T20 World Cup rather than being knocked out again by rain in the knockouts.
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Zimbabwe set a goal of 80 in nine overs, which was revised to 64 in seven overs after a brief rain stoppage in their first T20 World Cup match, South Africa crossed at 51 for no loss in three overs, with opener Quinton de Kock strong go with an 18-ball unbeaten 47.
Rain got in their way, such as in the semi-finals of the 1992 World Cup and the 2003 World Cup, causing the match to be cancelled.
“Yeah, we haven’t had a good history with rain,” Boucher said at the post-game press conference.
“But rather let it happen in the first game if we are still in control of what we can do.” The start of the game was delayed by more than two hours and was reduced to a nine-overs-per-side affair.
The game resumed after a short delay until the innings of South Africa, but when it started to rain again, umpires Ahsan Raza and Michael Gough decided to cancel the game with South Africa. 13 runs away after completing their Duckworth/Lewis method chase.
Boucher said his side was keen to keep playing, with the team on the brink of victory.
“We’re here to play a World Cup and we wanted to play. It seemed like both captains wanted to play at the start. If you look at the match before (on the same ground, between Bangladesh and the Netherlands), the pitch was pretty decent too wet.
“The bottom line is that players don’t make those decisions. The officials are there to make those decisions.” Boucher said if Zimbabwe had been in their position they would have wanted to continue playing.
“We were in a very good position. So if we walk away from this game thinking we were done with it and whether the game should have happened or not… If Zimbabwe had been in our position, they would have wanted to keep playing.” Zimbabwe coach Dave Houghton said his side was not even allowed to bowl a ball.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqNl-E1LU70″ width=”942″ height=”530″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe> <p>Houghton slammed the terms close to the Bellerive Oval, saying they were unsafe and ridiculous.”</p> <p>“I understand the need to try and get these games (played) in front of the public and people watching on TV, and the need to try and play and get a result in mild weather,” Houghton said.</p> <p>“But I think we have exceeded that target in this game. I thought there were four or five overs we should have gotten out of.</p> <p>“I don't think we should have bowled a ball, to be honest. But the umpires are the guys who make those decisions in the middle, and they seemed to think it was fit to play. I don't agree with them, but I can't do much off the pitch.</p> <p>“The rain had gotten so heavy at one point, it was ridiculous. It was foggy with drizzle for most of the evening, but it reached the stage where we could hear it banging on the roof in the dugout. For me that is no longer drizzly and drizzle. It's time to get off the field.</p> <p>"I don't think the conditions were right to continue playing."</p> <p>Get the latestCricket News, Scheme and Cricket Live Score here