South Africa v Zimbabwe, Quinton de Kock, Sean Williams, video

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock threatened to steal a T20 World Cup victory with a blistering knock on Monday night, but persistent rain and a player’s protest denied the Proteas opener.

After Zimbabwe stumbled to 5-79 from nine overs in the super-12 encounter, de Kock exploded in South Africa’s run chase at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval.

While South Africa originally required 80 to win from nine overs and later 64 from seven, and was making light work of the pursuit, rain eventually led to the points being shared.

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The call was made after de Kock blasted 47 runs from 18 balls, including eight fours and a six.

His opening partner, skipper Temba Bavuma, did not get off the mark until de Kock had reached 40.

The Proteas powered to 0-51 from three overs and, because they were closing in on victory, the umpires appeared willing to persevere through the rain.

But their patience wore thin when Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams began to complain.

Standing at the top of his mark as he prepared to bowl his left-arm orthodox, Williams threw his arms in the air and pleaded with the umpire at the bowler’s end to enforce another break.

The umpires consulted, play was delayed and the match was called off several minutes later.

“They’re not happy,” Nasser Hussain had said in commentary while Williams argued.

“First time arms have been waved by Zimbabwe … I was just trying to lip-read Williams there at the end of his run and he said something like, ‘Come on, this is a World Cup’, to the umpire.

“Zimbabwe got on with the game, really, right until that last over. They said, ‘Come on, this is our World Cup. We don’t want any more injuries’.”

Fast bowler Richard Ngarava had limped off after falling in his follow-through during Zimbabwe’s three overs with the ball.

“South Africa obviously haven’t done anything wrong,” Hussain added as Williams haggled the umpire.

“They wanted to get on with it earlier.

“It’s the rain in Hobart that’s done us.”

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