Bengaluru: South Africa stand-in captain Keshav Maharaj Expressed disappointment after the fifth T20I against India was canceled due to rain.
The fifth and final T20I between India and South Africa at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru was canceled due to rain. With this, the series will be tied at 2-2 and will be shared by both parties.
“Very disappointed we didn’t get the perfect game for the end of a thrilling tour. We started very well, sorry we didn’t see the result. We can’t control the weather. We tried a few combinations. Work still progresses for Australia. You can still see the changes, “said Maharaj after the match was canceled.
“I am sure the future series against India will be just as interesting. We were disappointed with our performance in the last two matches. We have maintained our confidence from past tours and at the same time we did not want to take anything granted,” he added.
Before the action was interrupted by rain, India’s score was 28/2 in 3.3 overs Shreyas Iyer (0 *) and Rishabh Pant (1 *).
India got off to a bad start as South Africa batted first. In the first four overs, openers Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaekwad returned to the crease with 15 and 10 runs respectively. Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi dealt a major blow to Man in Blue as he dismissed both openers under the powerplay.
Notably, in the fourth match of the series, India beat the Proteas by 82 runs to level the series. Batting first, India scored 169 for 6 in 20 overs with the help of Dinesh Karthik (55) and vice-captain Hardik Pandya (46). In reply, SA was dismissed for just 87 runs. Avesh Khan was the star for Man in Blue with 4/18.
After losing the first two matches of the series, Team India made a strong comeback in the next two matches and tied the series 2-2.