Bad weather halts SA, Oz clash

2011-10-19 16:29

Centurion - Australia's opener Ricky Ponting and captain, Michael Clarke steered Australia to 96 for 1 in 19 overs before their innings was interrupted by close-range lightning and rain at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

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South Africa, playing their first one-day international since they crashed out of the quarter-finals of the World Cup in India in March, put the visitors in to bat knowing the Duckworth-Lewis method could come into play.

The floodlights were turned on just after 3pm and there was plenty of thunder and lightning about.

Lacking an event sponsor, Cricket South Africa had their facebook page and Twitter address painted onto the field, behind the wickets, where a company logo would normally appear.

Dale Steyn took the only wicket to fall in the first period of play, when David Warner (20) got an inside edge onto his leg stump.

Steyn's opening spell was expensive but Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel pinned the batsmen back and the Aussies struggled to score runs for a while.

Ponting was lucky to escape an inside edge which went just wide of wicketkeeper Mark Boucher and also survived several appeals.

Amla chose not to use the DRS system for an lbw and a caught-behind appeal.

Ponting was on 40 and Clarke 29 when the covers came on.


  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-19 17:56

    From Skysports: On current form Greame Smith doesn't deserve his place in the team but I guess his class and seniority buys him a little time in South Africa's starting XI.His last ODI half-century came in January this year and you have to go back to September 2009 for his last hundred.I think the problem is that the likes of Colin Ingram and David Miller haven't really grabbed their opportunity when given the chance.Who then are the new openers in South Africa's domestic cricket?There aren't really that many knocking at the door.Rilee Rossouw is a No3,and Jacques Rudolf isn't playing limited overs cricket at all!

  • Erich - 2011-10-19 18:41

    Supersport is to be critized for their reluctance to keep showing previous matches between the Proteas and the Aussies but failing to give the TV viewers a regular update on the weather prevailing at Supersport Park.

      lynne.addy - 2011-10-19 20:01

      I absolutely agree. Poor communication

  • Andrew - 2011-10-19 18:58

    Just shows the effect of corruption. No sponsor for any format of the game, playing against Australia

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