The series has yielded very positive results: Pant

Bengaluru, Jun 19 (PTI) The series-share shared between India and South Africa after the fifth and deciding T20 match was washed out on Sunday, leaving hosts captain Rishabh Pant a bit disappointed but said the series would help the team. Got very positive results.

India made a strong comeback after losing the first two matches to level the series 2-2 after winning the next two matches after which the final match of the series here on Sunday was called off due to rain after playing just 3.3 overs of play.

Pant said during the award distribution ceremony, “It can be a bit frustrating but it has a lot of positives, especially the way the whole team showed enthusiasm after going 0-2 down. We were trying to find different ways to win the match, we were trying to play in a new way.

“Mistakes happen but we are moving in the right direction. I think the first time I lost so many tosses (Pant lost all five tosses in the series) but it is not in my control so I am not thinking too much about it.

Pant said that the team’s eyes are now set on winning the fifth and final Test to be held in England from July 1 to 5.

He said, “From the team’s point of view, it is now to win the last Test match in England and personally I would like to contribute more to the team’s victory.”

South Africa’s stand-in captain Keshav Maharaj was also disappointed at the cancellation of the match.

Maharaj said, “It is very disappointing that the entire match was not played. It would have been an exciting end to an exciting tour but we can’t control the weather. If you see we tried some combinations in the early matches. We are a work in progress and we are trying out different combinations to see what our team will be like before the World Cup.

“It was a strong India team that we faced but we didn’t want to take anything lightly,” he said.

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