India vs South Africa, 4th T20I, India Prediction XI: Does Avesh Khan Make Way For Arshdeep Singh? -by Ecork

After losing the first two matches of the five-year T20I series, Team India bounced back beautifully to beat the High Proteas in the third game to stay alive in the competition. It was a hospital revelation from the group led by Rishabh Pant, who first put a total of 179/5 on the board before assembling the Proteas for 131 runs. While Ruturaj Gaikwad (57 killed 35), Ishan Kishan (54 killed 35) and Hardik Pandya (31 not out killed 21) shone with bats in the first half of the match, it was Harshal Patel (4/25) and Yuzvendra Chahal. (3/20) who hogged limelight with the ball.

With one eye on the series stage, India are looking for another victory when both teams meet next for the fourth T20I in Rajkot on Friday. On the other hand, the Proteas will aim to become the series.

Here is what we think should be the India XI match for the fourth T20I against South Africa:

Kishan show: Southpaw is on track in the ongoing T20I series. He is a top footballer with 164 runs to his credit from the first three matches. Kishan has hit two half-centuries in the series so far.

Ruturaj Gaikwad: Registering the numbers 23 and 1 in the first two games did not prove a good case for Gaikwad but the batter dominated 57 off 35, which is also his first fifty worlds, turning the tables in his favor.

Shreyas Iyer: The right-handed Batter has had good starts in the series so far but has failed to deepen his innings. With someone like the Deepak Hooda in-form heated seats, Iyer will be eager to perform better in the fourth T20I.

Rishabh Pant: While on the front end of the Pant leader board is good, he has failed to impress as a batter. The last two matches have seen him register a number of numbers. He will be available to play a leading role in the upcoming game.

Hardik Pandya: While the front batting Hardik Pandya played well below the command, the all-rounder fell like a bowl in the series. Given the way South African batter have performed in the series so far, India need Hardik to make some notable feeds with the ball.

Dinesh Karthik: Coming on the back of the best IPL 2022 season, Karthik has been decent in the limited batting worlds he has so far in the series. However, keeping the 2022 T20 World Cup in mind, batter form needs more playing time to a quality team like South Africa.

Axar Patel: Southpaw has had a mediocre series so far, but given that he is the only left-hander in the current Indian team, Axar hopes to play all the games in the series. It performed well in the third T20I by returning calculations of 1/28 in four degrees.

Harshal Patel: Right-handed Pacer started the series on a disappointing record (1/43 in four rounds) but a good return from him in the last two games has provided good support to the Indian Pace Department led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar . Harshal returned 1/17 and 4/25 in the second and third T20Is respectively.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Like Harshal, Bhuvneshwar even started the series on a poor record (1/43 in four rounds), but registered four wicket carries in the second T20I and followed with an economics in the third game. He and Harshal are the top wicket sellers in the series so far with six colors each to their names.


Arshdeep Singh: A bad exit from Avesh Khan is likely to bring him out of the XI playing India. Arshdeep Singh seems to be the top contender for the position as his yorkers share-point and surprising economic rate is something that India needs badly at the moment.

Yuzvendra Chahal: After getting beaten by South African batters in the first two matches of the series, Chahal finally seems to be back to his normal form. Leggie-smart of the road returned the 3/20 figures in the third T20I against South Africa and won the Player of the Match award.

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