CAPE TOWN – The lights have been checked, and Newlands will be ready for play in the first T20 International between the Proteas and Sri Lanka.
That was the assurance given by the chief executive for the Western Province Cricket Association, Nabeal Dien, on Monday, following Saturday’s embarrassing shortened final ODI.
The South Africans were well on their way to victory at 135/2 off 28 overs, in chasing Sri Lanka’s modest 225 all out, when one of the floodlight pylons started failing.
Play was delayed for over two hours as officials tried to get the lights back on, but to no avail – resulting in the match being called off and the Proteas winning by 41 runs on the DLS method.
It was an anti-climactic finish to the five-match series won 5-0 by the hosts, and it also perhaps robbed home favourite JP Duminy of one last ODI innings on his home ground, as he will retire from 50-overs cricket after the World Cup.