The finals washed out by rain, India, South Africa Settle For 2-2 Series Draw
The fifth T20I between India and South Africa on Friday was abandoned due to rain at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The five-match series ends with a 2-2 draw, with both teams sharing the trophy.
The rain had earlier interrupted the start of play after stand-in South African skipper Keshav Maharaj had elected to bowl with the Proteas making three changes. India had lost two early wickets and were 28 for two after 3.3 overs before rain came back to play spoil sport. After a series of inspections, the match was eventually called off due to a wet outfield.
Kishan hit two sixes off Kehsav Maharaj’s opening over but was undone by a loopy slower delivery from Ngidi as he committed to the shot early and played all over it.
Gaikwad also failed to pick up a slower delivery and was holed out at mid-on before the heavens opened up again to stop the series decider.
The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) later informed that they will refund 50 per cent of the ticket money to the spectators following the wash out.
The curtailed match did start at 7:50 PM but was called off after only 16 minutes of play in which India managed 28 runs for the loss of two wickets.
Pant, who led the side in the five-match series against South Africa that ended in a 2-2 draw after the last game was called off due to rain, managed only 58 runs in the five innings that led to some questions being raised about his place in the shortest format.
However, Dravid was very clear that Pant is going nowhere.
“Personally, he would have liked to score a few more runs but it is not concerning him. Certainly, he is a very big part of our plans going ahead in next few months,” Dravid said during the post-match press conference.
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