World Cup Cricket News 04/03/03
Report By Shane Dell
The South African World Cup campaign was declared over a short time ago, when the Proteas were bundled out of contention for the Super Six stage of the competition, after their match with Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain in the 45th
over of the South African batting innings.
Requiring only 40 runs from 30 balls, the Proteas would likely have made the target of 269 runs required for victory, after Sri Lanka had earlier scored an imposing 268, having won the toss and elected to bat.
The rain dealt a cruel blow to the Proteas who battled vigorously to reel in the Sri Lankan total, but the match was unable to restart due to the ongoing downpour and was finally abandoned at the cut-off time of 10.45pm local time.
Under the rules of the World Cup competition, the Duckworth-Lewis method declared the match a tie and awarded two match points to both Sri Lanka and South Africa.
The Proteas who finished in fourth position on the World Cup table with 14 points, were unable to dislodge Kenya on 16 points, who finished in the third and final position for teams in Pool B to advance to the Super Six stage of the competition.
No doubt, the South African team, nation and it's cricket fans will be devastated by the Proteas early exit from the World Cup competition. However, history tells us that the host nation has never won the competition since its inception in England in 1975.