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Fri Apr 18 05:03:48 SAST 2014

First ODI abandoned as rain persists

TEAMtalk Media | 25 August, 2012 07:150 Comments
England's Alastair Cook (3rd R) smiles as he leaves the field as the first one-day international cricket match between England and South Africa was abandoned because of rain at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, Wales August 24, 2012
Image by: Philip Brown / REUTERS

The first ODI between England and South Africa managed to see only 5.3 overs bowled before being abandoned in the late afternoon in Cardiff, with England scoring 37/0 in that time.

Play only took place at around 3pm UK time, after a number of pitch inspections teased spectators inside the Swalec Stadium throughout the day, as rain came and went but never eased up properly.

The sides could only manage half an hour in the middle, Ian Bell smashing 26 runs in that time, before the heavens opened again for the final time. Bell was visibly disappointed at having to leave the field, as he'd hit two big sixes and two fours and was looking in the zone.

South Africa had won the toss and elected to bowl, giving batsman Dean Elgar a debut, though he didn't get a chance to capitalise on it aside from a few bits of fielding. England had put Ravi Bopara in the side ahead of Lord's Test sensation Jonny Bairstow.

The second ODI will be played in Southampton on Tuesday. The Proteas only need to win this series by one match to become the number one ODI side, supplementing their top Test ranking achieved on Monday.

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