After being sent in to bat under heavy skies, South Africa laboured to 29 for two from 7.3 overs before persistent rain throughout the day ensured there would be no more play.
South Africa still have five games pending and Benkenstein believes his team will have to strategise more spontaneously to get better results. "It was just a "this is what I'm feeling" (phone call)." he said.
"I really feel we are one game away from getting all those things right. If we do that, and the results start happening one by one, then this team will get a lot of confidence from that for the later stages".
West Indies, on the other, thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets and were marching towards another victory against Australia before eventually succumbing to a 15-run defeat after losing frequent wickets.
"Like I said, it's the weather".
"We are hoping he pulls up alright. [Three in three] would have probably been happy with that at the start of the tournament", he added.
They were quickly in trouble, with Amla edging Cottrell to Chris Gayle at slip for just six, sparking the bowler's trademark celebration featuring a short march and salute.
All of the top order batsmen in the South African side, with the exception of Hashim Amla, have made starts at different times but none have stood up to play the type of match-winning innings that they need.
Over a week ago, news broke out that the retired Proteas star had offered to come back to play for the national side in the 2019 World Cup and Cricket South Africa (CSA) had turned his request.
However, du Plessis has insisted that the morale in the South Africa camp is still high. Du Plessis insisted that the furor surrounding de Villiers' proposed return from global retirement has not been a factor in the team's disjointed display in the World Cup so far and instead he believes it could be the sort of issue that draws the squad closer together.
"'Dre will be fit enough for the game on Friday". We have to go and win every game and it's not a bad position to be in.