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Rain forces abandonment of 1st ODI between England and South Africa

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rain1The rain in Cardiff welcomed the South Africans as they switched from Test match mode to One Day Internationals, now setting their sights on the no.1 spot in the ICC ODI Rankings, which was up for grabs as well. There was enough time for the toss to take place before the covers came out onto the field. The flip of the coin went AB de Villiers' way and it came as no surprise that the Proteas' skipper opted to bowl first in overcast conditions. However, only 5.3 overs of play were possible in the entire day, during which time England raced to 37-0 on what looked like a belter of a pitch before the game had to be unfortunately called off.

There were no real suprises in either side with Jonny Bairstow unlucky to miss out despite his heroics in the Lord's Test, but the returning duo of Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan were given the nod ahead of the 22-year old. England went in with 5 bowlers with Chris Woakes replacing the rested Stuart Broad, and Tim Bresnan playing as an allrounder slated to come in at no.7.

The Proteas line-up was missing Jacques Kallis, who has been rested for the series, while Dale Steyn after his heavy workload in the test matches was also given a bit of a break, for this match anyway. South Africa brought in Robin Peterson as the specialist spinner, getting the nod ahead of Imran Tahir because of his considerably better batting ability, while Dean Elgar came in at no.3 for his one day international debut.

The match was reduced to 38 overs a side before another rain delay threatened the existence of a game altogether. But the Welsh fans, who braved the weather all day were given their just rewards with the match finally getting underway as a 23-over a side contest.

England wasted little time in the powerplay, racing to 32-0 at the end of 5 overs. Ian Bell in particular was rather severe on Morne Morkel, scoring 22 of England's runs in that period. Alastair Cook meanwhile kept up his end of the bargain by rotating the strike.

Sadly though three balls later it started to rain again, and the players headed back to the pavilion with the scoreboard reading 37-0.

It was to be the last of the action as there was insufficient time to explore the idea of a 20 overs a side game, and the match had to be abandoned. The action will now shift to Southampton for the 2nd ODI of the series on the 28th of August.


England: A Cook (c), I Bell, J Trott, R Bopara, E Morgan, C Kieswetter (wk), T Bresnan, C Woakes, G Swann, J Anderson, S Finn

South Africa: G Smith, H Amla, D Elgar, AB de Villiers (c & wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, R McLaren, W Parnell, R Peterson, M Morkel, L Tsotsobe

Mini Scorecard:

England: 37-0 (5.3 overs, 6.72rpo)
I Bell 26* (18)
A Cook 10* (15)

Match Abandoned