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  1. Rain stops play – update at 13:00 BST
  2. Two early wickets for Cottrell
  3. Amla 6 – edges to Gayle at slip
  4. Markram 5 – caught down leg side
  5. Roach replaces injured Russell for WI
  6. West Indies won toss, Southampton
  7. SA have lost all three games

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  1. Post update

    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    The rain is light but it’s steady and it feels like it is really set in.

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    The update? There is no update really.

    The covers are still on and it’s still raining.

    It has also got a lot darker over the past half hour, with plenty more gloom on the horizon.

    There will be a further update at 13:00 BST. Check back in with us then.


    Copyright: Getty Images

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    And with that horrible news about the incoming rain, we’ll pause this live text until we get an update in about half an hour.

    Start your anti-rain dances now.

    In a bit.

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    If green=rain then this doesn’t look great…

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    But South Africa are already in trouble at 29-2, with both wickets falling to Sheldon Cottrell.

    First, he had Hashim Amla looping a catch to Chris Gayle at first slip…

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    Video caption: Amla 6 – edges Cottrell to Gayle at slip

    And then Aiden Markram tickled it to be caught by wicketkeeper Shai Hope down the leg side…

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    Video caption: Markram out for five in the seventh over
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    Quinton de Kock was given out, caught behind, off the seventh ball of the match.

    But the South Africa opener rightly reviewed straight away, DRS showing it hit his arm, nowhere near the bat.

    Not the best umpiring decision you’ll ever see…

    And De Kock had started to get into his stride before the rain, smacking this superb cut shot for four…

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    Video caption: Quinton de Kock review

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    Video caption: De Kock hits it rapidly through point for four
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    Let’s have a look at the highlights so far…

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    This is going to be my excuse when I get out now – “Not my fault, it’s literally impossible to bat.”

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    Natalie Germanos

    BBC Test Match Special

    For South Africa it’s a familiar situation with Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock having to do the recovery. They are in trouble so often.

    Generally these two get them out of trouble. Will the weather benefit them? The stop-start nature will prevent either side getting any momentum.

    A shorter game may also favour the West Indies.

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    The TV graphics suggest there will be an update at 12:00 BST.

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    Tymal Mills

    England bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    When Duckworth-Lewis comes into play it often favours teams batting second, so that is another reason why West Indies wanted to bowl. I live in Brighton and it rained solidly through my drive to Southampton this morning.

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    This delay (and likely to be multiple delays today) will benefit West Indies.

    It’ll be tough for the South Africa batsmen to get going again each time.

    Plenty of brollies up in the crowd now. The hover cover is on the pitch and out comes the big white tarpaulin.

  14. rain-stops-play

    It’s spitting.

    Not too heavy, but heavy enough for the umpires to call for the covers, perhaps very aware that more rain is close by.


  15. SA 29-2

    And now there’s a lengthy delay in the match as something or someone is proving distracting behind the bowler’s arm.

    The rain is on its way people! Hurry up!

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    First bowling change for West Indies – Oshane Thomas is in for Kemar Roach…

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    Tymal Mills

    Sussex bowler on Test Match Special

    Definitely not what you need, Sheldon Cottrell has been very impressive. He’s a bit ginger on his knee.

  18. Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis is in and looks to get off the mark with a quick single but sends Quinton de Kock back.

    De Kock dives but the throw in from Darren Bravo is abysmal, slinging over the middle of the pitch instead of anywhere near the stumps. De Kock was probably back in time anyway.

    Sheldon Cottrell then starts holding his knee – West Indies really don’t need another injury to a fast bowler, with Andre Russell out today.

    He’s fine to carry on though and completes a superb wicket maiden.

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    Markram c Hope b Cottrell 5 (SA 28-2)

    Salutin’ Sheldon has two!

    And it’s a strangle down the leg side, Aiden Markram clipping a ball off his ribs round the corner, where tumbling keeper Shai Hope completes the catch.

    Markram stomps off, a sickening way to get out that.

    Joy for West Indies, they sense another chance to run through a fragile top order.

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    Video caption: Markram out for five in the seventh over
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    Not the best decision from an international umpire this…

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    Video caption: Quinton de Kock review