In a disappointing turn of events, the highly anticipated 1st T20I between India and South Africa at Kingsmead has been called off due to unrelenting rain, bringing an early end to the opening match of the series. The toss itself was delayed due to drizzles and a covered pitch, setting the stage for a frustrating day for both teams and cricket enthusiasts.
As the rain persisted, the match got progressively delayed, resulting in the loss of overs starting from 8:10 PM IST. The persistent weather conditions made it impossible for the players to take the field, leaving the fans disappointed and the series opener incomplete.
Team India, fresh from an impressive 4-1 victory over Australia at home, had geared up to face Aiden Markram’s South African side. However, the weather played spoilsport, denying cricket enthusiasts the opportunity to witness the clash between the two cricketing giants.
Notably, Team India faced this challenge without key players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, and Jasprit Bumrah, who were unavailable for the T20I series. On a positive note, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and opener Shubman Gill made their returns, adding strength to the Indian lineup.
The disappointment of the rain-induced abandonment sets the series at 0-0 after the first match, with the hope for better weather conditions for the upcoming matches. The second match of the series is scheduled to take place at St George’s Park in Gqeberha on Thursday, providing another opportunity for both teams to showcase their skills and break the deadlock in this India-South Africa T20 series.