Kagiso Rabada sees little point in South Africa complaining about their injury woes as they attempt to get their Cricket World Cup campaign back on track against West Indies.

The Proteas face a potentially make-or-break clash in Hampshire after losing their opening three matches to England, Bangladesh and India.

South Africa's cause has not been helped by the fact Dale Steyn was ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury, while Lungi Ngidi missed the India match with a hamstring problem and remains a major doubt for the Windies contest.

In contrast to South Africa's struggles, the Windies came into the tournament fit and firing but Rabada insists the team will never feel sorry for themselves.

"I wouldn't say it's jealousy. I think that we have to deal with what we have. There's no point in complaining about it," he said.

"Unfortunately, you know, we've had quite a few problems in this tournament regarding injury.

"So we've had to work our way around it and we're going to have to work our way around it for the next game. There's no point in complaining."

Rabada took 2-39 in the six-wicket loss to India and, while the deck may be stacked against them, he is confident South Africa can rise to the challenge.

"We'd just lost two games on the bounce and there was a lot of emphasis on that game," he added, when told he appeared to have a fire about him against India.

"It's a game that I really hoped that we would win. There was a lot on that, on that game. It was going to give us some breathing space. 

"So now we've just got a stiff challenge ahead of us, but we're ready to stand up, rise up to it."

The Windies are also looking to rebound after following an opening-match hammering of Pakistan with a 15-run loss to Australia.

In both matches, West Indies' bowling attack impressed with both Pakistan dismissed for a dismal 105 and Australia failing to make 300.

Assistant coach Roddy Estwick says the team must now do better in the crucial moments.

"Before the start of the tournament, everybody was saying that teams are going to make 360, 380, some teams will make 400, some teams will make 500," he said.

"We bowled both teams out for under 300 runs, so we are very happy with the way the bowlers have executed [their plans].

"What we must do is play the one percenters a bit better and I'm sure if we did that in the last game, we would have won the game. It's nothing to do with the bowlers. We are all in it together. 

"We are not going to single out the bowlers and say the bowlers did a poor job, or the batsmen did a poor job, it is a team. If you are looking for excuses in the cricket game, you can find it wherever you look."

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis felt Kagiso Rabada was "extremely unlucky" to end up on the losing side in a six-wicket Cricket World Cup defeat to India.

The Proteas were missing quicks Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi through injury, but Rabada briefly threatened to turn the tide on his own.

Rabada, who had earlier cracked Shikhar Dhawan's bat, dismissed the opener to bring opposition captain Virat Kohli to the crease.

The South Africa paceman had earlier suggested Kohli was "immature" and a gripping spell saw him work over the batsman without reward.

Rabada ended up claiming 2-39 as Rohit Sharma made an unbeaten 122 in India's chase, leaving Du Plessis to rue his bowler's misfortune.

"[Rabada] was a champion today. He was extremely unlucky," the skipper said in the post-match presentation. "I've never seen so many balls fall in different areas.

"Sometimes, that's how the game goes. When you're not playing your best cricket, little 50-50 things go against you. We've got to try to make sure we turn those 50-50 towards us again.

"He was unbelievable again - and also Chris Morris, who hasn't played a lot of cricket for us, was excellent today."

Du Plessis was far less impressed by his side's batting, suggesting South Africa needed a player to perform like Rohit did for India after the Proteas stumbled to 227-9.

"Today was, once again, a great example of guys not batting through," he said.

"That's what you need in England - you need one guy batting through and then, if you get a total, your bowlers can put some pressure on. To have so many 30s and 40s was not acceptable."

However, Du Plessis gave some credit to India's attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal.

"I thought India were magnificent on a tough pitch," he said. "They bowled really well.

"Their bowling attack is strong - they've got all bases covered. They've got good fast bowling and then they've got spinners through the middle that always get wickets."

Virat Kohli is taking little encouragement from South Africa's injury woes as he is aware of the damage Kagiso Rabada could do to India.

The Proteas are set to be without Lungi Ngidi (hamstring) against India on Wednesday, while Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup with a shoulder injury.

But Kohli, preparing to play for the first time at the 2019 tournament, believes Rabada is more than capable of making up for his team-mates' absences.

"Look, whether Ngidi plays, or Steyn plays or not, Rabada is always going to be a world-class bowler and a threat to any side he plays against," Kohli told a news conference.

"He has the kind of passion and he has a kind of skillset that he can, on his day, go through any batting order, so we've played well against him in the past and that is only because we have been respectful of his skills.

"But at the same time, we have been assured and sure of what we want to do as batsmen.

"So against guys like Rabada, who can turn up on their day and bowl outstandingly well, you have to be respectful but have that self-belief in yourself as well and that balance will be crucial.

"Whether he plays with Dale and Ngidi or by himself, he is going to be a skillful bowler. We always need to respect that and find ways of scoring against him."

Rabada has suggested that Kohli is "immature" due to his response to sledging between the pair, but the India captain was not interested in taking a feud public on Tuesday.

He told reporters: "I played against [Rabada] many times and if anything needs to be discussed, we can discuss it man-to-man. I'm not using a press conference to answer anything."

Kohli scored centuries in his opening matches at the past two World Cups and, while team success is the priority, he says he is ready to do so again if required.

"My focus is that, if I'm in a position to be able to do that again, but more importantly make the team win, that will be my goal," he said.

"And if it takes 100 runs, 150, 50, 60, 70, 40, whatever it is, I'm ready to do that and that's the frame of mind I'm going to be in."

South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada is expected to be fit for the start of the Cricket World Cup.

The 23-year-old suffered a back injury while playing for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, cutting short his participation in the competition.

However, Rabada - the leading wicket-taker in this year's IPL - is expected to recover in time to face hosts England in the first game of the World Cup on May 30.

Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: "Kagiso Rabada developed a significant lower back injury, what we call a lumbar muscle strain, with associated muscle spasm while playing in this year's IPL.

"Thankfully, investigations revealed that there was no bony pathology. The expected recovery is two to three weeks, and we are confident he will make a full recovery to be part of the World Cup squad."

South Africa have lost one fast bowler for the 50-over tournament, with Anrich Nortje replaced by Chris Morris on Tuesday due to a hand injury.

The Proteas also have concerns over Dale Steyn (shoulder) and Lungi Ngidi (side strain), so news that Rabada is not seriously injured will come as a huge relief.

Kagiso Rabada has given South Africa a scare ahead of the Cricket World Cup, suffering a back injury that has ended his stint in the Indian Premier League.

Delhi Capitals paceman Rabada is the leading wicket-taker in the 2019 IPL, claiming 25 at an average of 14.72 to help his side secure a play-off place.

However, Rabada did not feature against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday due to a niggle and the 23-year-old will play no further part in the tournament.

"It is indeed very hard for me to leave the Delhi Capitals at this stage of the tournament," said Rabada, who will return to South Africa for further assessment.

"But with the World Cup just a month away, a collective decision has been made for me in this regard. It's been a tremendous season for me with the Delhi Capitals, both on and off the field, and I truly believe that our team can win the trophy."

The Proteas also have injury concerns over fellow pacemen Dale Steyn (shoulder), Lungi Ngidi (side strain) and Anrich Nortje (shoulder).

Faf du Plessis' side face tournament hosts England in the first game of the World Cup on May 30.

Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer blasted half-centuries as Delhi Capitals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runs to seal an Indian Premier League play-off place. 

Dhawan and Iyer made 50 and 52 respectively off 37 balls to set the Capitals on their way to an imposing total of 187-5 at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on Sunday. 

Parthiv Patel (39 off 20 balls) and Virat Kohli (23 from 17) got RCB off to a flyer as they chased a fourth consecutive win, but the Capitals stuck to the task and got their rewards. 

Kagiso Rabada and Amit Mishra took two wickets apiece to put RCB on the back foot and they fell short on 171-7. 

Victory for the Capitals put them top of the table and guaranteed a top-four spot with two matches of the regular season to play, becoming only the second team to qualify along with Chennai Super Kings. 

RCB stay bottom as they pay the price for such a poor start to the tournament.  

 

DHAWAN AND IYER LAY THE PLATFORM

Dhawan and Iyer laid the foundations for the Capitals with a second-wicket stand of 68 after Umesh Yadav snared Prithvi Shaw caught behind for 18 in the fourth over. 

The powerful Dhawan used his feet superbly, scoring freely on both sides of the wicket and bringing up a third consecutive half-century off 36 balls before he was caught at short fine leg off Yuzvendra Chahal. 

Iyer came down the track twice to loft Chahal for six for a 50 of his own, with Sherfane Rutherford (28 not out off 13) producing some late fireworks after Washington Sundar removed the captain. 

 

DOUBLE MISHRA BLOW ROCKS RCB

Patel and Kohli put on 63 for the first wicket in a promising start to the run chase before Rabada saw the back of the former with the penultimate ball of the sixth over. 

The excellent Axar Patel claimed the big wicket of Kohli - caught in the deep - and AB de Villiers fell for 17 to leave Bangalore 103-3 in the 12th. 

Spinner Mishra (2-29) then dismissed Heinrich Klaasen and Shivam Dube in the 13th over to make it very much advantage Delhi. 

 

DELHI BOWLERS DELIVER AT THE DEATH

Gurkeerat Singh cut loose with a flurry of boundaries to leave RCB needing 36 to win from three overs as the nerves jangled. 

Rabada (2-31) conceded only six runs from the 18th with some great variation and Gurkeerat (27 from 19) fell caught behind in a brilliant penultimate over from Ishant Sharma. 

RCB needed 26 off the last to win it and that was never going to be likely with Rabada charging in, the South Africa quick claiming the wicket of Sundar before a huge six from Marcus Stoinis (32no off 24), which was struck when the game was all-but over. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered a dramatic batting collapse to lose by 39 runs against Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

Chasing 156 to the do the double over the Capitals this season, Hyderabad were 101-2 at one stage in their reply with captain David Warner going well.

However, they lost their last eight wickets in a hurry for 15 runs to be bowled out for 116, only Warner - who made 51 - and opening partner Jonny Bairstow (41) reaching double figures.

Keemo Paul posted impressive figures of 3-17 while there were also a trio of wickets apiece for South African duo Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada.

Earlier, Shreyas Iyer top scored for Delhi with 45, while Colin Munro was the only batsmen who managed to play fluently in the contest, making 40 from just 24 deliveries.

The Capitals finished up on 155-7, a total their seam-dominated attack comfortably defended as they condemned the fading Sunrisers to a third successive loss.

 

MUNRO GETS THINGS MOVING

Delhi found the going tough after being asked to bat, not helped by Khaleel Ahmed dismissing openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan cheaply.

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan restricted the Capitals further during his impressive four-over stint, giving up only 22 runs while picking up the wicket of all-rounder Morris, who was bowled by a delivery that hurried through off the pitch.

However, Munro's blitz - he scored 34 of his runs in boundaries - lifted the pace. Iyer's innings spanned 40 balls, while the usually aggressive Rishabh Pant was restricted to 23 from 19.

 

FROM (HYDERA)BAD TO WORSE

While Warner and Bairstow put on 72 for the first wicket, Hyderabad's progress was steady rather than spectacular.

Paul broke the stand when he tempted Bairstow with a slower delivery that ended up in the hands of Rabada in the deep, with the West Indies all-rounder following up with the dismissal of Kane Williamson.

With the pressure building, Morris capitalised. The seamer claimed three wickets in an eventful 18th over as Hyderabad's chase fell apart, meaning they were bowled out with eight balls remaining.

The impressive victory - their fifth in eight outings so far - moves Delhi up to second in the table.

Rishabh Pant blasted a brutal unbeaten half-century to set up a 37-run Indian Premier League victory for the rebranded Delhi Capitals over Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium.

Pant smashed 78 not out from only 27 balls as the Capitals - formerly the Daredevils - made an imposing 213-6 in their first match of the tournament on Sunday.

Colin Ingram (47) and Shikhar Dhawan (43) put on 83 for the third wicket after Mitchell McClenaghan (3-40) took two early scalps, then Pant struck seven sixes and as many fours in a devastating knock.

Delhi took 99 off the last six overs, with Pant combining finesse and power in a breathtaking innings, which proved to be the difference.

New signing Yuvraj Singh made 53 from 35 balls and Krunal Pandya added a brisk 32, but Mumbai were dismissed for 176 in the final over.

Ishant Sharma took 2-34 and the excellent Kagiso Rabada 2-23 in a promising start to a new era for Delhi.

 

PANT PUMMELS INDIANS

Dhawan and Ingram put the Capitals well on their way to posting a daunting total after they were reduced to 29-2.

It was the arrival of Pant that prompted the run-rate to rocket as the wicketkeeper-batsman delivered an exhibition of clean striking.

Dhawan and Ingram both holed out to deep midwicket but Pant took the impetus, with Ben Cutting and Hardik Pandya dispatched to all parts.

Pant continued to pepper the leg side and reached his fifty off only 18 balls, then set about Rasikh Salam in a penultimate over which cost 21 runs before Jasprit Bumrah was taken for 16 off the last.

 

TEWATIA STUNNER SETS THE TONE  

Ishant and Rabada kept it tight early in Mumbai's run chase and it looked certain that it would be Delhi's day when Rahul Tewatia took a stunning catch to remove Rohit Sharma.

Tewatia came in from deep square-leg to get under a skier and clung on diving forward to see the back of the Indians skipper for just 14 in the fourth over.

Shreyas Iyer ran out Suryakumar Yadav with a direct hit and Ishant sent Quinton de Kock on his way for 27 in the same over to leave the three-time champions with a mountain to climb.

Yuvraj cleared the ropes three times in an entertaining knock but wickets tumbled too frequently, South Africa paceman Rabada dismissing the former India all-rounder and Cutting as Delhi eased to a comfortable victory.

Quinton de Kock was in destructive form with the bat and Kagiso Rabada claimed his 100th ODI wicket as South Africa took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series against Sri Lanka courtesy of a dominant 113-run win.

Having been put in by the tourists in Centurion, De Kock led the way for the Proteas with a typically aggressive 70-ball 94. However, though captain Faf du Plessis also hit a half-century, South Africa were bowled out for a modest 251.

But the failures of De Kock and Du Plessis' team-mates were rendered immaterial as Sri Lanka folded miserably in what should have been a manageable chase, South Africa skittling them for 138 inside 33 overs.

Victory means the hosts can secure revenge for their surprise Test series whitewash in Durban this weekend, when they will hope for a similar start to the one they enjoyed on Wednesday, as De Kock got them off to a flyer.

He struck 60 in 46 balls in a 91-run opening stand with Reeza Hendricks (29), and he found another capable partner in Du Plessis, with whom he combined for 40 before Thisara Perera (3-26) robbed him of a hundred.

De Kock hit 17 fours and a maximum, but an attempt to fire over short fine-leg went horribly wrong and he sent a leading edge to Niroshan Dickwella.

Kasun Rajitha took a stunning catch to give Thisara the wicket of Rassie van der Dussen, and the same bowler removed Du Plessis, who failed with his attempt to pull a shorter delivery that kept low as the skipper departed for a 66-ball 57.

South Africa had reached 220 by that point, but their innings fizzled out badly and ended with 29 balls to spare.

Yet their struggles were minor compared to those of Sri Lanka, who saw Dickwella fall in the third over to Rabada (3-43), who reached his milestone by drawing a top edge that De Kock collected.

Avishka Fernando and Kusal Perera soon followed and, though Oshada Fernando (31) and Kusal Mendis (24) offered hope with a stand of 40, things became bleak when that duo fell in successive overs. 

Horrible confusion between the pair saw Mendis run out, with Fernando then trapped lbw by Anrich Nortje.

The writing was on the wall when Imran Tahir claimed the scalps of Thisara and Rajitha in the space of three deliveries, the tail surrendering meekly to put South Africa on the verge of a series triumph.

South Africa closed to within 41 runs of victory in the second Test against Pakistan after a strong finish to a third day in which the tourists initially fought hard at Newlands.

Pakistan had offered precious little with the bat in their first three innings of the series – scoring under 200 on each occasion – and they still had work to do in the field as play began on Saturday, the Proteas on 382-6 and leading by 205.

Yet Mohammad Amir (4-88) took three early wickets as South Africa added just 49 runs and then Asad Shafiq made 88 and Shan Masood 61 for Pakistan.

But the dismissal of Masood late in the second session gave the Proteas a much-needed boost and they made light work of the rest of the Pakistan side, with Dale Steyn (4-85) and Kagiso Rabada (4-61) helping to limit the tourists to 294.

Pakistan's lead stood at just 40 runs, but Faf du Plessis' men ran out of time to get the job done and will now have to return on Sunday with what should be the simple task up wrapping up the three-match series. 

Amir made a flying start to the day as Quinton de Kock (59) edged to second slip before the stumps of both Vernon Philander (16) and Rabada (11) were uprooted in the same over.

Some late boundaries were then halted when Shaheen Shah Afridi (4-123) tempted Steyn (13) to pick out third man, capping the Proteas lead at 254.

Pakistan still looked to be in real trouble after another dismal start with the bat, falling to 27-2 after the dismissals of Imam-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali (both 6), but there was belatedly some good fortune for the tourists as two reviews went against Philander and the third-wicket stand reached 132.

But Steyn made a timely intervention shortly before tea as Masood nicked behind, then Shafiq edged Philander to De Kock following the restart and Rabada caught and bowled Fakhar Zaman (7).

Duanne Olivier collected the wicket of Sarfraz Ahmed (6) and Amir gloved Steyn behind for a duck, with a party atmosphere improved further as substitute fielder Zubayr Hamza caught Yasir Shah (5) at the rope.

Babar Azam's resolute knock ended on 72 to Rabada, but Philander's dismissal of Mohammad Abbas (10 not out) – with Pakistan just 24 runs in front – was ruled out for a no ball and, although he made amends as he caught Afridi (14) off Rabada, there was no time for South Africa to begin their reply.

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