India are all set to play Australia in the final T20I in Bengaluru on Sunday, December 3. The Men in Blue are leading the series 31 and are looking to finish strongly. With the fourth T20I India overtook Pakistan in the list of most T20I wins with 136 victories.
The IND vs AUS T20I series seemed like a good preparatory ground for the young Indian team who were given a platform to perform and they did. Their bowlers did a very good job of defending 174 after they failed to defend 222 in the previous game.
Jitesh Sharma in his very first game made an impactful performance while Rinku Singh has continued to excel at his finisher’s role. Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer who failed to take their opportunity in the fourth T20I should look to make the most of it.
Deepak Chahar took two wickets in his comeback game. Axar Patel took three and Ravi Bishnoi and Avesh Khan took one each. The bowling attack has a few options to choose from in the final T20I. Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube are yet to get a game in the series and are likely to play the final T20I.
It will be interesting to see Prasidh Krishna who was benched from the fourth T20I be given another game the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer have a chance to score some runs in the final game as well.
India Playing 11 vs Australia – 5th T20I, 2023
Gaikwad will open the batting for India. He scored 32 off 28 balls in the fourth T20I. With 213 runs from four matches, he is the top-scorer at an average of 71.00.
Jaiswal will open alongside Gaikwad. He scored 37 off 28 balls and was dismissed looking to be too aggressive. He has scored 117 runs in four games at an average of 29.25. The openers have another chance to notch up big scores.
Iyer scored 8 in his comeback game for India. He would like to make the most of this opportunity. He was rested in the first three games after scoring 530 runs in the bygone World Cup. This will be his 51st T20I fo India. He is 8 short of 50 T20I sixes for India.
Suryakumar Yadav (C)
SKY will slot in at four. He is the second-highest run-getter with 139 runs at an average of 34.75. SKY has already won his first T20I series as captain. Surya’s captaincy has been praised so far.
Rinku will slot in at five, He has flourished in his role for Team India. He scored 46 and was the top-scorer for India in the fourth T20I. He has scored 99 runs in this series so far at a strike rate of 190.38.
Jitesh Sharma (WK)
Jitesh will slot in at six and will be the specialist wicketkeeper. He is also seen as of India’s finishers in the long run. He scored 35 valuable runs for India and will take over the keeping duties from Ishan Kishan.
Axar Patel will slot in at seven. He took 3/26 in the fourth T20I and was the Men of the Match. He is amongst the senior bowlers in this attack. Axar is six short of 50 T20I wickets for India.
The management might like to give Sundar a game in place of the leggie Ravi Bishnoi. Sundar batting at eight lengthens India’s batting lineup as well.
Chahar will slot in at nine and be India’s pace spearhead. He picked up two wickets on his comeback game for India. He was out for almost a year due to injury. The pacer needs to be given a longer run in T20Is.
Avesh will be the second seamer. He defended 21 in the final over and also picked up one wicket in the match. Avesh bowled a much better final over than Prasidh in the fourth T20I.
Mukesh will conclude India’s likely XI for the fifth T20I. He came back into the team after his marriage and went for 42 in the last game. However, the management is willing to back him as India’s death overs specialist.