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IND vs SA, South Africa Playing 11 vs India (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)

In the 2nd T20I, South Africa outclassed the hosts by four wickets in a one-sided game to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Batting first, India managed only 148 for six in 20 overs. In reply, Heinrich Klaasen’s superb 81 off 46 balls laced with seven fours and five sixes, made it a walk in the park for the Proteas as they knocked off the runs in 18.2 overs despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s fantastic figures of 4 for 13.

Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller
Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller PC BCCI

In the 1st T20I, South Africa pulled off their highest successful chase in T20I cricket and denied the hosts a record 13th successive T20I victory. Unbeaten half-centuries from David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen, who shared a 131-run fourth-wicket stand, a record for South Africa, built on an impressive powerplay, led by a surprise move to promote Dwaine Pretorius to No.3, and earned South Africa victory with five balls to spare, chasing a stiff target of 212.

For South Africa, the talented batsman Aiden Markram missed out on the first 3 games of the series against India after he had tested positive for Covid-19, it was expected that he would be available for the final two games, but the latest statement from CSA confirmed that Aiden Markram is ruled out of the T20I series.

Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram (Photo by Christiaan Kotze / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP via Getty Images)

South Africa made as many as three changes to their playing 11 in the 4th T20I. The duo of pacers Marco Jansen and Lungi Ngidi have come in for the injured pacers Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell while Quinton de Kock returned after recovering from a wrist injury.

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. Either Reeza Hendricks or Temba Bavuma will play the final deciding T20I as batter Aiden Markram has been ruled out.

Wayne Parnell
Wayne Parnell. Image: Twitter

If Kagiso Rabada comes back for the final game, SA should sit Tabraiz Shamsi on the bench. After all, Tabraiz Shamsi has just one wicket in 4 matches and is conceding over 10 runs per over. If skipper Temba Bavuma doesn’t make it to playing 11, Keshav Maharaj will be given a chance to lead the team.

IND vs SA, South Africa Playing 11 vs India (Predicted), IND vs SA 5th T20I, South Africa tour of India 2022

Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. (Photo: Twitter)

The wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock had an excellent Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 as he finished third in the most runs list after smashing 508 runs in just 15 innings at an impressive strike rate of 148.97. The left-handed batter was brutal with the bat and gave several quick starts to its new franchise Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).

Quinton de Kock will be looking to replicate his performance in the upcoming India vs South Africa series as well. The southpaw, in fact, registered the highest score of the edition, clobbering 140* off 70 in a match against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

The Proteas swashbuckling opener keeper Quinton de Kock sustained a wrist injury before the second T20I against India and was not available for selection during the 2nd and 3rd T20I. He returned for the 4th T20I but failed to impress scoring 14 off 13 balls before being run out by Harshal Patel. The Proteas could manage only 87 chasing a target of 170.

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