The last match of the five-T20I series between India and South Africa was abandoned after persistent rains at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday (June 19). The series was evenly poised with both the teams collecting two wins each, the game in Bengaluru could have been an exciting one.
After the disappointing result, South Africa's stand-in skipper Keshav Maharaj expressed disappointment that the game only lasted only 3.3 overs.
“Very disappointed we didn’t get a full game for the end of an exciting tour. We started pretty well, pity we could not see the outcome. We can’t control the weather. We tried a few combinations. Still a work in progress for Australia. You may still see changes. I am sure the future series against India will be interesting like this one. We were disappointed with our performance in the last two games. We carried our confidence from past tours at the same time we didn’t want to take anything for granted,” he said at the presentation ceremony.
After the final game was called off due to rain, India and South Africa shared the series 2-2.
A steady downpour delayed the game by 50 minutes after the hosts were put in to bat. The truncated match began at 7:50 p.m but was called off after only 16 minutes, with India scoring 28/2. Both openers Ishan Kishan (15 off 7 balls) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (10 off 12 balls) were removed courtesy of Lungi Ngidi's terrific slower ones.
Following this series, the 'Men in Blue' will head to Ireland for a two-match T20I series.
(STA SPORTS INPUTS)