Incessant drizzle forced the World Cup match between South Africa and West Indies to be called off at the Rose Bowl on Monday after only a few overs could be bowled, as both teams shared the spoils. Andre Russell-less West Indies put the Proteas in to bat after winning the toss with skipper Jason Holder hoping to make use of the overcast conditions.
Desperate for a win after three successive defeats, Faf Du Plessis led South Africa were off to a jittery start, losing out-of-form Hashim Amla (6) and Aiden Markram (5) early to totter at 29/2 in 7.3 overs.
Windies pacer Sheldon Cottrell bagged both the wickets in a wonderful four-over spell in which he leaked 18 runs. Oshane Thomas had just started his first over when the skies opened up and after several inspections, the umpires had to rule out any chance of further play being possible.
Under the cosh, South Africa can now score a maximum of 11 points in this tournament, while the West Indies, who lost to Australia last week after a good opening win against Pakistan, have a better chance of bouncing back.
The Windies were without the injured pair of Russell and Evin Lewis.