South Africa and Zimbabwe took part in the first game for both squads in the 2022 T20 World Cup. It was natural to expect that the Proteas would win the game. However, the match ended with no result. Rain was the reason why the game ended without a result. It is not the first time that rainfall has affected South Africa in an ICC event. Here, we take a look at how Twitter reacted as rain yet again hampers the progress of South Africa in an ICC event.
Rain affects South Africa in an ICC tournament, yet again
Batting first, South Africa restricted Zimbabwe to 79 for 5 in 9 overs. It was a rain-affected game and hence, the overs were shortened. Lungi Ngidi had a brilliant start with the ball but a recovery meant Zimbabwe had reached a decent position.
Nevertheless, with the likes of Quinton de Kock, David Miller and Aiden Markram in the opposition, South Africa was going to be the favourite. With the threat of more rainfall, South Africa needed a strong start. Quinton de Kock provided that when he made 23 runs in the first over. Within 3 overs, they raced away to 51 runs. However, the rain entered the game again. South Africa had qualified for the DLS score if the game was a five-over match. But, since five overs were not bowled, the game had to be ended without a result. Zimbabwe could consider themselves lucky for getting a point in this game. For the Proteas, though, they will probably require to win all their remaining games to stay alive in the tournament.
Twitter reacts to South Africa’s bad luck
Back in 1992, at the World Cup, 22 runs in 13 balls became 22 runs in 1 ball for South Africa. That was due to rain and it was a heartbreak. Cut to three decades later, the same fate has come back again for South Africa. Twitter reacted to this bad luck. We look at some of the reactions below:
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 24, 2022
South Africa and rain is a match made in hell. This single image from 1992 wc sf is proof of it. From needing 22 off 13, rain interruption meant their revised target was 22 of 1 ball. pic.twitter.com/guWhFNxWeF
— Blessing Jokerbani (Perry's version) (@Jokeresque_) October 24, 2022Advertisement
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) October 24, 2022
South Africa lose a point cos of rain. If rain had stopped and there was enough time for a 5 overs match, South Africa weren’t required to bat again because they had already achieved the revised target (46) for a 5 overs match. But rain didn’t stop to constitute a 5-over match.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) October 24, 2022Advertisement
South Africa, rain, ICC tournaments are never good friends.Advertisement
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 24, 2022
I am once again appealing to our honorable PM Modiji, we can solve the drought crisis in our country in one go. Just pretend to host a ICC tournament match featuring South Africa in a drought stricken region and there is 1000% guarantee it will rain there. Just try it 🙏
— Prithvi (@Puneite_) October 24, 2022Advertisement
South Africa's bad luck in ICC events continue. Good news for Pakistan.Advertisement
— Sai Krishna💫 (@SaiKingkohli) October 24, 2022
Any country that has a drought?
Just schedule a World Cup match that includes South Africa and a side they are sure to beatAdvertisement
No more drought#T20WorldCup
— Werner (@Werries_) October 24, 2022Advertisement
South Africa should consider organising own World Cup. Year I said it!!!Advertisement
If their Thursday Match gets rained out. It’s been 30Flippin Years. And we have played the best Cricket 🏏by any Nation and everywhere. It is us who made Cricket Great again. So… ya!!! #ZIMvsSA
— rhe_ball_sport : FREEDOM via SPORT (@SportRhe) October 24, 2022Advertisement