India will face South Africa in the deciding fifth and final T20I of the ongoing five-match series at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Sunday, June 19. The series is currently locked at 2-2 after India won the last two games on a trot after losses in the first two games. India beat the visitors by 82 points in the penultimate 4th T20I which was played in Rajkot on Friday. Rishabh Pant & Co. hope to continue their winning streak against the Proteas on Sunday.
India didn’t get off to an ideal start in the T20I series against South Africa with Pant leading in the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. The hosts lost the first two games on the trot before bouncing back to level the streak and take it to the decider on Sunday.
While India’s best order failed to deliver once again in the last encounter between the two sides, Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik continued their fabulous run with the bat. Karthik played a sensational 27-ball 55 while Pandya scored a crucial 46-ball from 31-ball to help India post a total of 169 points on the board.
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However, it turned out to be a one-sided affair after Avesh Khan went wild with the ball during South Africa’s chase. The Indian pacer picked up a four-wicket run to group the Proteas for a paltry 87 and secure a comfortable 82-run victory for the hosts.
India have made no changes to their roster throughout the series and are expected to field the same playing XI in the series decider in Bengaluru on Sunday. However, the batters will need to step up and give the hosts a good start at the top to ensure they can make the most of the batter-friendly lane at Chinnaswamy Stadium.
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The spotlight will be on Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer, all of whom have been far from consistent in the ongoing series. Meanwhile, Yuzvenda Chahal is also hoping to put on a better show with the ball after her lackluster performances so far on the show.
Prediction India vs South Africa 5th T20I:
India have found the winning momentum with back-to-back wins in the last two games and will be hoping for three straight wins on Sunday. Pant & Co. have a set bowling offense and are hoping the batters will step into the decider to help them clinch the series. India are expected to beat South Africa to win the series on Sunday.
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