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West Indies and rain can’t quite finish off South Africa in World Cup

Damp squib: Ground staff roll out the covers at Southampton yesterday PICTURE: AP

SOUTH Africa remain winless at the World Cup but do at least have a point after their clash with the West Indies was washed out.

The Proteas finally got off the mark following three straight losses but will have to win their final five games to qualify for the semi-finals.

South Africa had slipped to 29 for two in the eighth over when rain stopped play at the Hampshire Bowl, Sheldon Cottrell bagging both wickets, and the match never resumed.

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Tigers remain focused on reaching final four

BANGLADESH captain Mashrafe Mortaza insists making the semi-finals is still a realistic aim for the Tigers. Despite just one win from three matches, Bangladesh are in the unusual position of being favourites against Sri Lanka in Bristol today and Mortaza said: ‘If you’re asking all ten captains this question, they will look to the semis, which is an honest call. It’s not going to be easy but obviously we’d love to see ourselves in the semis.’

YUVRAJ SINGH, a World Cup winner with India in 2011, has retired from internationals. The 37-year-old, left out of this year’s squad, said: ‘Cricket has given me everything – that’s why I am standing here. It’s been a lovehate relationship with the sport.’