India and South Africa settled for a 2-2 series draw with the decider called off due to rain

The deciding day of the five-match T20I series started with the teams locked at 2-2, and it remained the same after rain intervened and forced the encounter to be called off. A persistent drizzle in Bengaluru delayed the start of the decider match by 47 minutes. Initially, the match contest was reduced to 19 overs a side, but rain allowed the Proteas to bowl just 21 deliveries. Despite the Chinnaswamy’s stellar drainage system, the rain did not subside for mop-up operations to begin for even a five-over shootout.

Finally, the umpires called off the match as the rain refused to go away for over 90 minutes.  Both teams headed into the fifth T20I game to record a historic moment. India has never lost a bilateral T20I series at home since 2019, while the Proteas have never lost a series in India since 2011 across formats. The cricketing world thought that one of them will change for sure on Sunday, but rain spoiled the sport. 

South Africa may be the more disappointed of the two sides after Lungi Ngidi removed Indian openers in successive overs. Men in blue were reeling at 28/2 after Ishan Kishan (15) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (10) departed in the powerplay overs. But the rain returned to halt play for the second and final time.

No captain has ever won a five-match T20I series after losing the first two matches in cricket history. India skipper Rishabh Pant had the golden opportunity to become the first, but rain spoiled everything.

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