India vs South Africa T20I series has been a roller-coaster ride so far. While the Proteas won the first two matches in traditional control, the troops dominated the roost in these two. With the series even steadily 2-2, he went to the finals which will be played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. With a lot of risk, both teams will aim to put their best foot forward in the all-round competition.
While South Africa has been forced to make changes to the XI playing them in the series due to injuries to the players and COVID-19, India has not yet come up with their own game list despite some irregularities.
Relying on players damaged the game for the veterans and therefore would be very curious to see if the team would try to make any changes to the XI playing for the final game.
Here is what we think could be India’s XI playing for the fifth and final T20I against South Africa:
Kishan Show: Southpaw remains the top run-score in the ongoing T20I series. He has 191 runs to his credit from four matches he has done so. Its rating in the series is 47.75.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: Apart from half a century (57 runs in 35 balls) in the third T20I, Gaikwad has had a series of neglect so far. He has managed to win only 86 games across four matches at an average of 21.50.
Shreyas Iyer: The right-hand man has not been very good but he is still India’s third-highest runner in the series so far. Iyer has won 94 runs in four matches at an average of 23.50.
Rishabh Pant: Southpaw has been impressive as a leader but failed to repeat the task at his batting. South African footballers have stuck to their idea of keeping the ball away from him and continue to lose his wicket in the same tradition. He has scored only 57 runs across four innings so far.
Hardik Pandya: The all-rounder continues to impress with his batting, however, his bowling form seems to be a concern. He has made just five balls and has gone wicketless in the series, dancing at a level of 12.20.
Dinesh Karthik: After a lack of game time in the first three matches, Karthik finally had a good batting world in the fourth game and took both hands. An impact of 55 kills 27 at a crucial time in the game on Friday helped him to win the Player of the Match award.
Axar Patel: While on the batting front, Axar doesn’t have much of a chance, the left-hander has improved as a team in the past two T20Is after running in the first couple of matches in the series.
Harshal Patel: Despite being expensive (43 runs in four rounds) at the start of the series, Harshal Patel continues to build batters for the run. He is the highest wicket-taker in the series with seven to his credit at a system rate of 7.23.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Right-handed Pacer did not win the wicket in the fourth T20I but was economical. Bhuvi has won six wickets across four matches. He is the most economical player in the series so far by earning a rate of only 6.07 runs per over.
Avesh Khan: The team management showed confidence in Avesh after some poor exit and the player finally picked up four wickets to confirm his place in the XI playing for the fifth round. Essentially, he was wicketless in the series before the game.
Yuzvendra Chahal: A Player of the Match award in the third T20I and figures 2/21 in the following game, Chahal is finally back in the room. He would like to finish the race on the same lines.
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