Zimbabwe FUME after being made to bowl in dangerous conditions against South Africa… before the T20 World Cup match was eventually called off in farcical scenes in Australia
- Zimbabwe’s T20 World Cup game with South Africa was abandoned on Monday
- Heavy rain caused the match to be called off due to unsafe playing conditions
- Zimbabwe players were initially furious at the decision to allow play to go on
- Both teams receive a no result verdict due to rules regarding overs being played
Zimbabwe were left furious after they were made to bowl in what they considered dangerous conditions against South Africa in Hobart in a match cut short by rain.
Pace bowler Richard Ngarava had to leave the field after slipping in his follow-through, but the umpires kept the players on and the game was called off farcically with South Africa on the verge of victory.
Chasing a revised target of 64 off seven overs in Group 2, the Proteas were 51 without loss after just three overs with Quinton de Kock 47 not out off 18 balls when the umpires took the players off.
Zimbabwe’s T20 World Cup encounter with South Africa was abandoned after heavy rain
South Africa were on the verge of victory until rain forced play to be stopped in Australia
After Ngarava’s injury, Zimbabwe chose to use only spin bowlers in order to protect their seamers. Sean Williams was set to bowl the fourth over but put his arm out in protest and the umpires ended the match.
‘I don’t think we should have even bowled a ball,’ said Zimbabwe coach Dave Houghton.
South Africa had to settle for a no result, as Twenty20 matches require at least five overs per side to produce a result. ‘You walk away thinking we were hard done by,’ said South Africa coach Mark Boucher.
South Africa had to settle for a no result despite looking on course for victory over Zimbabwe