India and South Africa was due to play against each other for the series-deciding game of the five-match T20I series on Sunday. Prior to the start of the game, the series was leveled at 2-2. The hosts come back strongly before being trailing by 0-2 at one stage. The stage was set for a cliffhanger ending to the series. It also provided an opportunity for the Men In Blue to win their first T20I series against the Proteas.
However, this couldn’t happen as the game was abandoned due to persistent rain. Notably, the match started less than an hour late due to rain. One over was deducted from both sides which meant that the match was a 19-over affair. Keshav Maharaj-led side won the toss and elected to field first.
Maharaj bought himself on but was plundered for two sixes by Ishan Kishan and the opposition scored 19 runs in the over. Lungi Ngidi came in to bowl a one-run over and took the big wicket of Ishan Kishan with a dipping slower one.
Two overs later, Ngidi took the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad with the same delivery but the mode of dismissal was different. Gaikwad was caught at mid-on by Dwaine Pretorius. The right-hander tried to play the lofted on-drive but the ball once again dipped on him. Skipper Rishabh Pant came and opened his account before the rain returned.
The covers came back again and persistent rain meant the match was abandoned.
Here’s a look at how Twitter reacted:
— Sky11 (@sky11official) June 19, 2022
— Navaneetha Krishnan (@navanee_18) June 19, 2022
The inevitable has happened… 😢
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) June 19, 2022
Not how we wanted this to end.
Rain plays spoilsport as the match has been abandoned, with the series drawn 2⃣-2⃣#INDvSA
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) June 19, 2022
— Vikramaditya (@Vikramaditya306) June 19, 2022
Retractable roof door ki baat hai sir, this is the kind of roof under which we fans were waiting during the rain!! 🤦🏻♂️ High time @BCCI used all the money they have earned to give fans a better experience at the stadiums first! pic.twitter.com/QqKk2dhDp1
— Srinivas Ramamohan (@srini_ramamohan) June 19, 2022
— Adil (@knowadil) June 19, 2022
India vs RSA paytm series drawn due to rain #INDvsSA wanted to see DK and hardik smashing hard.
— Titu Abba (@tituabba) June 19, 2022
— Cricket Mirror (@Cricket_Mirror_) June 19, 2022
— Maakhan (@makhany_points) June 19, 2022