Not having Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah due to workload management, followed by KL Rahul's injury, the 2-2 scoreline was sort of a moral victory for Team India.
The curtailed match did start at 7:50 pm but was called off after only 16 minutes of play in which India managed 28 runs for the loss of two wickets.
Asked to bat first, India were 28 for two when the heavens opened up again as openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan were the two batters dismissed.
Having played a big role in India's series-levelling 82-run win against South Africa, Karthik attributes performances like 27-ball-55 to a sense of security and clarity in thought process.
Finisher uses white-ball imagination to take hosts to a position of strength before Avesh Khan's 4/18 levels series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.
He had bowled exceptionally well in the 2020-2021 IPL season before being sidelined due to a stress fracture.
Save Pant's problems, India were able to plug the gaps in Vizag to open their account in the series with a comprehensive win.
Yuzvendra Chahal had entered India's five-match T20I series against South Africa on the back of a stupendous IPL 2022.
The Indian spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel bowled beautifully to help the hosts register a 48-run win over South Africa in the third T20I and stay alive in the five-match series.
Yuzvendra Chahal (3/20) and Harshal Patel (4/25) led the way with the ball after sizzling half-centuries from Ruturaj Gaikwad (57) and Ishan Kishan (54) powered India to 179 for five.
The hosts came into the series on a 12-match winning streak but South Africa took the wind out of India's sails with two emphatic victories.
South Africa batter Heinrich Klaasen hopes his match-winning effort against India in the second T20 helps him prolong his international career.
Zaheer Khan said that the Indian team is lacking their trademark fighting spirit in the match and letting their guard down when conditions are not favourable for them.
'Axar Patel sent ahead of Dinesh Karthik to rotate strike': Shreyas Iyer defends bizarre batting order
Promoted at No 6, Axar Patel scored 10 off 11 balls before being cleaned up by Anrich Nortje, while Karthik slammed an unbeaten 30 from 21 balls.
Sources alleged that the black marketers bought match tickets in bulk online and also off the counters by engaging brokers and persons belonging to the labour class.