India vs South Africa T20I series has been a roller coaster ride so far. While the Proteas dominated the first two matches, the hosts dominated the next two. With the series tied at 2-2, it now leads to the decisive match to be played on Sunday at the M Chanaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. At stake, obviously, is our commitment on both sides of the aisle.
While South Africa have been forced to make changes to their playing XI in the series due to player injuries and COVID-19, India have not changed their playing combination despite some conflicting performances.
Relying on the players eventually paid off for the hosts and so it will be really interesting to see if the team will try to make any changes to the playing XI for the final match.
For the fifth and final T20I against South Africa, we think India’s playing XI is:
Ishan KishanSouth Pau is the highest run scorer in the ongoing T20I series. He has scored 191 runs in four matches played so far. His average in the series is 47.75.
Raturaj GaikwadIn addition to the half-century (57 off 35 balls) in the third T20I, Guyquad has been the most forgotten series so far. He has scored only 86 runs in four matches at an average of 21.50.
Shriyas AyreThe stylish right-handed player did not perform at his best but still he is India’s third highest run scorer in the series. Air has scored 94 runs in four matches at an average of 23.50.
رشبھ پنتSouthpaw has been impressive as a captain but has failed to replicate his batting performance. The South African bowlers stuck to their plan to keep the ball away from him and he kept counting his wickets. He has so far scored only 57 runs in four innings.
Hardik Pandya: All-rounders continue to impress with their batting, but their bowling form looks alarming. He has bowled just five overs and has gone without a wicket in the series, leaking runs at an economy rate of 12.20.
Dinesh KarthikAfter lack of game time in the first three matches, Karthik finally got a good chance to bat in the fourth game and he grabbed it with both hands. An impressive innings of 55 for 27 at a crucial juncture in the game on Friday helped him win the Player of the Match award.
Akshar PatelOn the batting front, Axar has not had much of a chance. The left-arm spinner has improved as a bowler in the last two T20Is after leaking runs in the first two matches of the series.
Herschel Patel: Despite being expensive (43 runs in four overs) in the opening match of the series, Herschel Patel is suffocating the batsmen for runs. He is the leading wicket-taker in the series with seven wickets at an economy rate of 7.23.
Bhuvneshwar KumarThe right-arm fast bowler did not get a wicket in the fourth T20I but he was economical. Bhovi has taken six wickets in four matches. He is the most economical bowler in the series so far with just 6.07 runs per over.
اویش خانThe team management relied on Owais after some poor outings and the bowler finally confirmed his place in the playing XI for the fifth match by taking four wickets. In particular, he was without a wicket in the pre-game series.
Yuzwinder Chahal: Player of the Match award in the third T20I and 2/21 figures in the following game, Chahal finally came back down the drain. They would like to end the tournament in the same manner.
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