Proteas coach Mark Boucher said officials make the decisions and teams have to live with them after their first T20 World Cup match against Zimbabwe was canceled with South Africa on the brink of victory at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Monday.
South Africa, inspired by Quinton de Cock’s extraordinary serve, went 51/0 after just three overs, and it took just 13 runs in four overs to win the match. Rain after the draw saw the match cut to nine overs per side, Zimbabwe opting to bat first and scoring 79/5, and the game was cut another two overs in the second over of the Proteas after the rain returned.
Much of the match was played in the rain, but the referees eventually ended the match as the rain got heavier and Zimbabwe began to express their displeasure at the fact that they were sliding across the field. Bowler Richard Ngarawa had already left the field with what appeared to be a sprained ankle, and Zimbabwe coach David Houghton said he did not believe the ball was meant to be thrown.
“It was tough conditions, but we’re here to play in the World Cup, we wanted to play and it looks like both captains wanted to,” Boucher said after No Result.
“However, officials make these decisions, and we have to come to terms with it. We played bowling with a ball, which was also quite wet.
“We were in a very good position, so we can leave thinking that we were treated hard. If Zimbabwe were in our place, they would like to keep playing.
“The positive thing is that it was not a do-or-die game, we are still in control of our destiny. We are in a difficult group, but it is still too early to compete. Perhaps now we need to win every game,” said Boucher.
Mourn the loss of a point
While the Proteas will mourn the loss of a point, Boucher was delighted with his team’s positive and energetic start to the tournament. No more than De Kock, who scored 47 balls, not just 18 balls, with eight fours and a six.
“It’s a shame to receive four-fifths of the game and then you have to leave,” said Bush. “To get so close and lose it to you is the most frustrating part.
“But more now than later and I’m just happy with the intensity they showed on the pitch and Quinn got some special shots that I think also send a message.
“He showed that he is one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world and it was really nice to see him play with such freedom. Sometimes the guys were tense at the World Cup, but he caught the moment.
“We couldn’t do more, we made the most of what we could. So we don’t regret what we did, we just needed ten more balls to get the job done,” Boucher said.
The Proteas will travel to Sydney in the morning for their next match against Bangladesh on Thursday.