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Last Updated: Friday, 30 January, 2004, 19:53 GMT
Windies frustrated by rain
Third one-day international, Durban:
Match abandoned - No Result
West Indies 147-8 (40 overs) v South Africa 15-1 (5 overs)

Ricardo Powell
Powell hit a restrained half-century
Heavy rain in Durban forced the abandonment of the third one-day match between West Indies and South Africa.

The hosts were 15-1, chasing a tough revised target of 169, when bad weather stopped play for the third time.

Already 2-0 up with two matches left to play next week, South Africa cannot now lose the series.

In a match reduced to 40 overs per side, Ricardo Powell top-scored with 50 but his team-mates failed to capitalise, stumbling to 147-8.

Under floodlights and in bowler-friendly conditions, South Africa could have struggled in their chase for victory.

They had already lost captain Graeme Smith, who lofted Merv Dillon to mid-on for four in the third over.

Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis had yet to reach double figures when the match was called off.

West Indies captain Brian Lara had no hesitation in opting to bat first in damp conditions.

But any hope of a fast start was quelled by opening bowler Shaun Pollock, who was unerringly accurate, his first six overs yielding just eight runs.

Andre Nel felt the benefit as Chris Gayle looked to up the rate by flicking on the on-side, instead gaining a thick edge to point.

Promoted up the order again, Powell was equally keen to make runs.

Jacques Rudolph celebrates a catch
South Africa capitalised as West Indies suffered between showers
He restrained his usual bluster for much of his innings, taking 69 balls over his seventh career half-century, but perished to an ill-advised flick to deep midwicket two balls later.

Pollock allowed Shivnarine Chanderpaul a let-off on seven when he put down a simple chance at slip off Klusener's bowling.

But the opener's policy of caution failed to pay off when he was caught off his first attacking shot, top-edging a hook after taking 84 minutes to score 17.

Lara survived a stumping when wicket-keeper Mark Boucher fumbled the ball but managed two neat boundaries before he was one of five wickets to fall late on.

After the second delay, which lasted 81 minutes, the West Indies were asked to bat for nine more overs under the floodlights.

Pollock soon had Sarwan caught cutting to deep extra cover for 29.

The late arrival of Kallis in the attack immediately brought the vital wicket of Lara for 15, miscuing high in the air for the keeper to collect.

Dwayne Smith only had time for a brilliant pulled six off Klusener before he lofted the same bowler to long-off.

And Kallis captured the scalps of Ryan Hurley and Merv Dillon in the final over as both looked to slog.

South Africa: Herschelle Gibbs, Graeme Smith (capt), Jacques Rudolph, Jacques Kallis, Boeta Dippenaar, Mark Boucher (wkt), Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock, Robin Peterson, Makhaya Ntini, Andre Nel.

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Brian Lara (capt), Dwayne Smith, Ricardo Powell, Ridley Jacobs (wkt), Ryan Hurley, Mervyn Dillon, Ravi Rampaul, Corey Colleymore.

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