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India vs West Indies, IND Playing 11 vs WI (Predicted), 5th T20I, India Tour Of West Indies 2022. India will take on the West Indies in the 4th and 5th T20Is at Lauderhill Stadium, also known as the Central Broward Park & Broward County Cricket Stadium, on Saturday (August 6) and Sunday (August 7).

India has some prior experience at this venue as they have played 4 T20Is here earlier and they will be eager to win the series by winning the 4th T20I with a 3-1 lead. The visitors currently lead the 5-match series 2-1.

India vs West Indies (Image Credits: Twitter)
India vs West Indies (Image Credits: Twitter)

India could be in full strength too as skipper Rohit Sharma has recovered from a back spasm that forced him to retire hurt after playing just 5 balls in the 3rd T20I. The elegant opener retired hurt on 11 in the second over of the Indian innings after experiencing discomfort. In his attempt to swing towards the on-side, Rohit Sharma hurt his lower back, which cut his innings short.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

India made a brilliant comeback in the third T20I match to win by 6 wickets and lead the series 2-1. Both teams are all set to play in Florida after the visa issues were resolved by the interference of the Guyana president. India has a great chance to win the series in this 4th T20I match and test some of their fringe players in the last T20I match. West Indies on the other hand needs to win this match to keep the series alive and take it to the decider.

In the 3rd T20I, India’s chase took off with Suryakumar Yadav‘s blinder of 76 runs off 44 runs with 8 boundaries and 4 sixes in the match. Shreyas Iyer (24 runs) and Rishabh Pant (33* runs) played vital cameos in the match to win comfortably. Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja (who was rested for the 3rd T20I)  too are in good touch and India might experiment with their batting in this match too.

Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer (Image Credits: Twitter)
Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer (Image Credits: Twitter)

Pacers Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were excellent with the ball and have claimed 7 wickets between them at an economy rate of 7 RPO. Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya have joined in the middle overs to strangle the batters effectively. Avesh Khan has been a bit wayward and leaked a lot of runs and Harshal Patel might replace him in the match.

Hardik Pandya Rohit Sharma
Hardik Pandya Rohit Sharma. Image: Twitter

In a major relief for the Indian cricket fans, it has been learned that Rohit Sharma will be available for the last two games on Saturday and Sunday in Florida. The India skipper retired hurt during the 3rd T20 in St Kitts on Tuesday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the skipper suffered a back spasm. But with two matches remaining, Rahul Dravid will likely give Kuldeep Yadav and Harshal Patel a go.

India made only two changes in the three matches so far with Ravi Bishnoi dropped to the bench due to tactical adjustments. Deepak Hooda also returned to the XI in place of Ravindra Jadeja to manage his injury. But Avesh Khan, who has had a disappointing run in the series is set to be dropped alongside Shreyas Iyer.

West Indies needs to win this game to stay alive in the series as a loss here would mean India takes an unassailable lead in the series. They demolished Bangladesh in the T20I series right before the India series but the difference in quality is for everybody to see. West Indies needs to come up with a plan to dismiss Suryakumar Yadav early in the innings.

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Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma is the leading T20I run-scorer after New Zealand’s Martin Guptill having amassed 3443 runs in 129 T20Is averaging 32,48. He was rested for the preceding ODIs against West Indies but will captain the T20I squad in the 5th T20I. He has a maximum of 4 T20I tons besides his name.

In the previous T20I series against England, the right-handed batsman scored 66 runs in 3 games at an average of 22.0. Rohit Sharma top scored with 64 off 44 balls in the 1st T20I against West Indies. He fell for a duck in the 2nd T20I and retired hurt for 11 during the third T20I against West Indies on Tuesday (August 2) in St Kitts.

The elegant opener retired hurt on 11 in the second over of the Indian innings after experiencing discomfort. In his attempt to swing towards the on-side, Rohit Sharma hurt his lower back, which cut his innings short.

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