After making an excellent comeback and winning back-to-back matches, the Men in Blue India will take on South Africa in the fifth and final T20I match to be played at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on June 19 (Sunday). The series is evenly poised on 2-2 and both teams will be looking to win the final match to clinch the series.
The home side was in some sort of trouble during the fourth T20I. However, the veteran batter Dinesh Karthik was excellent with the bat and ensured that his team posted a competitive total on the board. Team India bowlers were also spot on with their line and lengths as the home side went on to win the fourth match easily.
The pitch at M.Chinnaswamy is expected to assist the batters and the bowlers need to vary their pace and lines to ensure that they do not receive a beating. The weather is expected to be clear for the match and it is going to be an exciting contest between two cricket giants.
Probable playing XI for India vs South Africa:
After winning the fourth match, it is very unlikely that the Men in Blue will make any changes to their squad. Ishan Kishan, who is batting well for the home side, will like to continue his good form.
Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Skipper Temba Bavuma suffered an injury during the last match and his availability is in question. If Bavuma is unavailable, Keshav Maharaj will lead the side, with Reeza Hendricks set to be the former’s replacement.
Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks/Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada/Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje