West Indies opt to field against South Africa, unfit Russell dropped

World Cup 2019 Preview Struggling South Africa Face West Indies In Must Win Clash

South Africa have made the worst possible start at the World Cup

The umpires ordered an early lunch as light rain continued to fall.

Sheldon Cottrell had Hashim Amla taken at slip for six and Aiden Markram caught down the leg side for five in claiming figures of 2-18.

Cottrell struck again three overs later and dismissed Aiden Markram.

Quinton de Kock (17* off 21) and skipper Faf du Plessis (0* off 7) were at the crease with their side well and truly on the back foot.

"We are going to field first, obviously it is overcast and there is some rain around", said Holder.

He admitted that "Australia loss hurt but [there is] no point dwelling on it".

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West Indies have won the toss and chosen to bowl first against South Africa.

"We have played two of the strongest teams. We're not focusing on the negatives", he was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo. England beat South Africa in the very first match of the group stages on May 30.

They still have to play against Afghanistan (Cardiff, June 15), New Zealand (Edgbaston, June 19), Pakistan (Lord's, June 23), Sri Lanka (Chester-Le-Street, June 28) and Australia (Manchester, July 6).

The Proteas will need to score quickly before the heavy rain predicted during the afternoon, hoping the run-rate is high when the West Indies try to chase a total.

The West Indies, coming off a narrow loss against the Aussies, should be in good spirits, though they've lost the influential Andre Russell to a knee injury. Hopes to have Andre Russell and others fit for their next clash against England.

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