South Africa will face New Zealand at Twickenham in the build-up to the 2023 Rugby World Cup
South Africa were denied a winning start to their T20 World Cup campaign by rain in Hobart as Quinton de Kock’s Herculean effort against Zimbabwe was ultimately wasted.
Monday’s contest was initially shortened to nine overs following a pre-match rain delay of more than three hours, with two more overs lost following a stoppage early in South Africa’s innings.
Both teams open their Super 12 accounts with one point following a no-result declaration, which came with the Proteas needing just 14 points for victory after a fine run from De Kock.
Bad weather saw the teams walk off the pitch after the national anthems, but South Africa looked set to start their campaign with a win after starting well when play finally got underway.
Zimbabwean fly-half Craig Ervine (2) and Regis Chakabva (8) got away within three overs, the former giving Wayne Parnell a routine hold before the latter gave De Kock an advantage.
When the former skipper made a spectacular one-handed catch to knock out Sikandar Raza for a duck, Zimbabwe faltered at 19-4, but eventually made it 79-5 through Wessly Madhevere (35 not out) and Milton Shumba (18 ).
De Kock looked set to be the hero with the bat after the Proteas set a revised target of 64.
Fellow fly-half Temba Bavuma (2 not out) was just a bystander as De Kock hit 47 at the end of third over, but time came to Zimbabwe’s aid as the rain began to pour again , leaving officials with little choice but to stop playing altogether.