IND vs SA: South Africa skipper Keshav Maharaj ‘disappointed’ with 5th T20I against India getting abandoned
IND vs SA: After the fifth T20I against India was called off owing to weather, South Africa’s stand-in skipper Keshav Maharaj expressed his dissatisfaction.
Rain forced the cancellation of the fifth and final T20I between India and South Africa at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. As a result, the series remains tied at 2-2 and will split between the two teams.
“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. Also we can’t control the weather. We tried a few combinations. Still a work in progress for Australia. You may still see changes,” said Maharaj after the match got abandoned.
“I am sure the future series against India will be interesting like this one. We 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 added.
India were 28/2 in 3.3 overs before the rain stopped play, with Shreyas Iyer (0*) and Rishabh Pant (1*).
South Africa chose to bat first, and India got off to a poor start. Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad dismissed after scoring 15 and 10 runs in the first four overs, respectively. Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi gave a big blow to the Men in Blue as he dismissed both the openers under the powerplay.
Notably, India defeated the Proteas by 82 runs in the fourth match of the series to tie the series. When given the opportunity to bat first, India scored 169/6 in 20 overs, thanks primarily to the efforts of Dinesh Karthik (55) and vice-captain Hardik Pandya (46). In response, SA bundled out for only 87 points. With the ball, Avesh Khan shone for Men in Blue, taking 4/18.
India will now play Ireland in a two-match Twenty20 International series in Dublin on June 26 and 28.