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IND vs SA, India Playing 11 vs South Africa (Predicted), IND vs SA 5th T20I- South Africa tour of India 2022. India will be attempting to bag the T20I series against South Africa when they meet each other in the fifth match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday (June 19). The five-match T20I series is now locked at 2-2 after the hosts India beat the Proteas by 82 runs at Rajkot in the 4th T20I.

India vs South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)
India vs South Africa (Image Credits: Twitter)

The hosts will head into the fifth and final T20I against South Africa with high morale as they target a series win. The Indian Team will have momentum on their side as they will try to win the contest as the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Avesh Khan shone for the Indian side in the 4th T20I.

The hosts dished out a clinical performance as they posted a competitive 169 for six, riding on Dinesh Karthik’s career-best 27-ball 55 and Hardik Pandya’s 46 off 31 balls. The hosts then returned to dismiss South Africa for 87 in 16.5 overs. Pacer Avesh Khan (4/18) then snapped four wickets in a sensational spell of fast bowling, while leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2/21) claimed two scalps and Harshal Patel (1/3 in 2 overs) took one wicket.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik PC- BCCI

India won the 3rd T20I by 48 runs. Openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan smashed sizzling half-centuries to power India to 179 for five after being asked to bat. The bowlers led by spinner Yuzvendra Chahal ( 3/20) and pacer Harshal Patel (4/25) then put up a dominant display to bundle out the Proteas for 131 in 19.1 overs and register their first victory of the series.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel Pic Credit- BCCI

India skipper KL Rahul was ruled out of the five-match T20I series against South Africa due to a groin injury, a day before the first match of the series. Wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant, who was named as KL Rahul’s deputy, led the side in his absence. All-rounder Hardik Pandya was appointed the vice-captain in the series. Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav also missed the entire T20I series after getting hit on his right hand while batting in the nets.

KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant
KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant. (Photo: Twitter)

While India would expectedly stick to the same playing XI unless there’s a forced change, there remains a shadow of doubt over the fitness of Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma, who retired hurt in the fourth T20I after an elbow injury.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad. (Photo: BCCI)

Ruturaj Gaikwad has been inconsistent in the ongoing series. The CSK player has scored 86 runs in 4 games. Except for the match-winning performance in the third T20I he has failed to live up to the expectations. In the 3rd T20I, Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 57 off 35 balls and his inning was a part of a 97-run opening stand with Ishan Kishan, which came in the first 10 overs. He was the aggressor in the partnership, hitting seven fours and two sixes.

His form was patchy in the IPL 2022 this year as well before he turned things around, scoring 368 runs, including three fifties in 14 matches for Chennai Super Kings.

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