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Rain ruins Australia-South Africa showdown

De Villiers’ 200th ODI for his country lasts just one over, leaving tournament wide open with two league games remaining
Rain had the final say as the One-Day International tri-series match between Australia and South Africa in Bridgetown on Sunday (June 19) was rained out with only one over bowled.
Heavy, persistent rain left a large damp area on the pitch which prevented any further play with South Africa at eight without loss at the Kensington Oval. Quinton de Kock was on five while Hashim Amla had yet to score.
Both teams took two points each from the contest. South Africa remains top of the standings on 12 points,  followed by the Australia on 11.
The no-result will not be the way AB de Villiers, the captain, will want to remember his 200th ODI for South Africa. However, it is not the first time rain has affected a significant milestone in his career, after it washed out his 100th Test match, against India in Bangalore last year.
“Normally I’m not too fussed about these kinds of milestones,” admitted de Villiers. “Yes it’s a nice milestone, it’s a way to wake up and look back at how lucky I have been over my career to play so many games and to be around for so long. It is a great privilege and honour to represent this country and to have played for so long. I am fortunate to be in this position and hopefully there will be a few more to enjoy and a few more victories as well.
“The moments I remember are all the teams’ wins, the friendships I have made over the years, certainly the close games that we have won as a team more than any personal milestones.”
South Africa plays its last round-robin match against the West Indies on Friday and is faced with a must-win situation, unless the host beats Australia on Tuesday, to advance to the final on June 26.
“It was not the ideal situation for either of the teams,” de Villiers said of the washout. “We both wanted to play a good game of cricket today but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way, that is part of the game. We will have to reassess and look forward to the next one on Friday.
“We have played quite a few close series in the past where we have had a few must-win games,” he said. “In our last series against England, we were 0-2 down with three to play and we won all three. We have been in this situation before, we enjoy these kind of situations, we like to bring the fight when it matters most. It’s a great opportunity for us to prove that we are that kind of team under pressure, I am looking forward to it.”

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