India vs South Africa, 5th T20 match: Series decider canceled due to rain
The fifth and final T20I between India and South Africa at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru has been canceled due to rain. With this the series remains at 2-2 level and will be shared by both the sides. With Shreyas Iyer (0*) and Rishabh Pant (1*), India were 28/2 in 3.3 overs, before the action was interrupted by rain.
Play has officially been discontinued.
The fifth and final @Paytm #INDvSA T20I has been canceled due to rain. #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/tQWmfaK3SV
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 19, 2022
India got off to a poor start by opting to bat first. Under the openers of the first four overs, Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad were back in shambles with 15 and 10 runs respectively. Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi dealt a big blow to the Men in Blue as he dismissed both the openers under the powerplay.
Notably, in the fourth match of the series, India beat the Proteas by 82 runs to level the series. Opting to bat first, India posted 169/6 in their 20 overs, largely driven by the efforts of Dinesh Karthik (55) and vice-captain Hardik Pandya (46). In reply, SA was bundled out for just 87 runs. Avesh Khan was the star of the Men in Blue with the ball taking 4/18.
Ishan Kishan emerged as the most prolific batsman in the series, scoring 206 runs in five innings at an average of 41.20 with 2 half-centuries. His personal best score during the series was 76.
Harshal Patel emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the series, taking seven wickets in five matches at an average of 12.57 and an economy rate of 7.23. His best bowling figures in the series are 4/25.