Fifth India-South Africa T20I canceled due to rain, series shared


Bangalore, June 19

India and South Africa shared honors in the five-match T20I series, with only 3.3 overs of play possible after the last game was canceled due to rain here on Sunday. India and South Africa were tied 2-2 after four matches.

After putting in the bat, incessant rain delayed the game by 50 minutes. It started raining as soon as the game started.

The winding match began at 7:50 pm, but was called off after only 16 minutes of play, in which India could score 28 runs for the loss of two wickets.

Lungi Ngidi took both the wickets of Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad on slow deliveries.

Kishan hit two sixes in Keshav Maharaj’s opening over but was undone by a slow delivery from Ngidi as he committed to complete the shot early and played around it.

Gaikwad too failed to pick up the ball at a slow pace and was dismissed at mid-on before heaven reopened to halt the series decider.

Meanwhile, India captain Rishabh Pant lauded the side’s fighting spirit after the team came down two games to take the five-match series in the decider. The wicketkeeper-batsman said that there is a lot of positive to be taken from the series which ended 2-2.

“It might be a little disappointing, but there are a lot of positives, especially the way the whole team showed character after the 2-0 series. We’re trying to find different ways to win matches, we’re trying to play in the game.” Doing a new way.

“There will be mistakes, but we are on the right track. I think this is the first time I have lost so many tosses at the same time, but it is not in my control, so I am not thinking much about it. After the fifth and final match was called off due to rain, Pant said.

On his individual form, Pant said: “From a personal point of view I want to contribute more to help my team win. I can only think of giving my 100 per cent as a player and as a captain.”