South Africa have needed some much-needed good news in the ongoing World Cup where almost everything is going against them. Their fast-bowler Lungi Ngidi is looking set to be fit for the upcoming clash against Afghanistan on June 15. But along this news, South Africa suffered another setback on Monday when their clash against West Indies was washed out.
South Africa were reeling at 29 for 2 in the eighth over when rain arrived. The players could not return to the field again in Southampton before the umpires called the game off. Both the teams collected one point each which meant the Proteas still remain winless. With three losses and one washed-out game, South Africa are staring down the barrel at the moment.
They now need to win all of their remaining games to stand any chance of progressing ahead and the addition of Lungi Ngidi would be a big boost. Ngidi had suffered a hamstring injury during the shocking 21-loss to Bangladesh. He had bowled just four overs before walking off the field. The pacer missed the clash against India too which the Proteas lost by six wickets.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis informed Star Sports that Lungi Ngidi was recovering well from his injury. He also said that Ngidi should show up in their next World Cup 2019 encounter against Afghanistan.
“Lungi will be ready for the next match will be good to have him back,” Faf du Plessis said in a post match interview after the match was abandoned.
Speaking on the washed-out game, du Plessis said:
“These are the worst. Both teams wanted to play and get results but you can’t control the weather. For us it was important on a day like this to start not losing may wickets. It’s like Test cricket. But they did well to get two wickets. [Shortage] favours the team that bats second. But even saying that if you get 30-35 overs, on a big ground you can defend.”