IND vs SA: Weather Threatens To Play Spoilsport As Bengaluru Gears Up For Series Decider

Temba Bavuma and Rishabh Pant, IND vs SA

With the series tied at 2-2, this series has seen South Africa’s most successful chase and lowest T20I total; India’s largest win against South Africa, career-bests for six players, and a comeback for a veteran who played in India’s first-ever T20I in 2006.

It has featured strong batting performances and deft bowling, and if there is one complaint, it is that spin has played a minor role, but that is nitpicking. 

We’ve seen the hosts go down 2-0 against a struggling middle order, only to come back to win their previous two must-win games with finishers who dominated a highly touted visiting assault. India has the advantage, but South Africa has good cause to seize it.

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

IND vs SA- A Series Of Comebacks

South Africa came into this series on a wave of T20I success, having won 11 of their previous 12 games. They discovered improbable heroes in the first two games and proceeded to do so in the second, demonstrating that theirs is a collective effort rather than a galaxy of superstars. Inevitably, some have risen to the surface in this series. 

The most famous is, of course, Dinesh Karthik, who has been playing cricket since the T20I era began and has evolved his game to meet the format’s development. He’s developed into a finisher, and he may be targeting the T20 World Cup to put his career on the line.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image: BCCI

Then there’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who dictates the play’s opening scene as if it were his script to write, and Hardik Pandya, who must definitely be on the verge of becoming India’s next leader. Ishan Kishan has also made an impression. 

Rassie van der Dussen and Heinrich Klaasen, despite few thinking them T20I match-winners, won the first two matches for South Africa, and they’ve found place in an XI for two allrounders and two specialist spinners. Their team composition is displaying symptoms of the innovation that it lacked previously, and their T20 strategy has evolved.

Their frontline bowlers, on the other hand, have been missing, and this might be the difference between winning and losing the series. Kagiso Rabada, who shone in the IPL, and Anrich Nortje, who is returning from injury, may want to weigh in on the matter.

Alternatively, they may not be able to because the weather in Bengaluru does not look to be cooperating, and if the series is shared, they may not be bad either. 

In the Spotlight 

Dinesh Karthik may have already had a spectacular homecoming in Rajkot, but he now returns to his adoptive home after an outstanding IPL season and a comeback to international cricket that is the stuff of fantasies. For the last game of the series, he will have the support of the home fans.

Dinesh Karthik. PC- BCCI
Dinesh Karthik. PC- BCCI

They’ll want to see the Karthik who struck 19 fours and 19 sixes with a strike rate of 220 in this year’s IPL at the death, not the Karthik who averages 14.40 for RCB at the Chinnaswamy, and he won’t want to disappoint them.

Karthik is playing with the freedom of a guy given a second opportunity he didn’t anticipate and making the most of it, even if he doesn’t make huge runs. That pleasant and cosy sensation is sure to catch on. 

Quinton de Kock has not produced a T20I half-century in six innings since before last year’s T20 World Cup, according to a South African team that has ceased depending on superstars.

De Kock hasn’t had as much of an opportunity to have an impression in this series due to injuries and a mix-up with Dwaine Pretorius in the last match, so he hasn’t had as much of a chance as he would have wanted. South Africa, on the other hand, requires him if they are to make a better and faster start.

Temba Bavuma and Reeza Hendricks, their other starting hitters, both require time to settle in and are more concerned with strike rotation than boundary-hitting, emphasising de Kock’s importance. 

Team News 

Throughout the series, India has remained unaltered. There’s no need to modify anything unless they want to release Umran Malik in the finale. It would be unfair to leave out any of the current seamers, so we may have to wait for another series to see the fastest. 

India: (possible) 1 Ishan Kishan, 2 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt & wk), 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Dinesh Karthik, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Avesh Khan, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal 

Temba Bavuma Injury
Temba Bavuma PC- Getty Images

Captain Temba Bavuma, who suffered an injury to his left elbow on Friday night, is South Africa’s most serious injury issue. Bavuma caused the damage when diving for a single, although he had already been whacked on the upper arm a couple times.

They hadn’t yet tested whether he could comfortably wield the bat or create power by Saturday afternoon, so they’ll likely make a late decision on his availability. Reeza Hendricks will slip into the opening seat if he is unable to play, with Keshav Maharaj taking over as captain. 

South Africa: (possible) 1 and 2 Quinton de Kock/Reeza Hendricks/Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 David Miller, 5 Heinrich Klaasen (wk), 6 Dwaine Pretorius, 7 Marco Jansen/Wayne Parnell, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Lungi Ngidi/Tabraiz Shamsi 

Pitch and Conditions 

M Chinnaswamy Stadium
M Chinnaswamy Stadium (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Chinnaswamy hasn’t held any white-ball cricket since before the epidemic when it was recognised as a venue that yields runs and is cruel to spinners due to narrow boundaries and a flat surface. But, in order for it to happen, the players must first get on the field.

It’s been a rainy week leading up to the match, with heavy rain on Friday night and drizzle all day Saturday, which hampered the Ranji Trophy semi-finals at other venues in the city. On match day, there’s a 70% probability of rain. 

Stats and Trivia 

  • In T20Is at the Chinnaswamy, the average first-innings score is 155. The average first-innings score among completed IPL games in 2019 is close to 154.  
  • In 2019, India and South Africa played the last T20I at this venue, with South Africa successfully chasing a score of 135. At the conclusion, Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma were undefeated. 
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the series’ best bowler, particularly up front. In four matches in the powerplay, he has bowled 54 deliveries, allowed 32 runs, and claimed four wickets at an economy rate of 3.55. 
Keshav Maharaj
Keshav Maharaj. (Photo: Twitter)

In the decider, Keshav Maharaj believes that South Africa can learn to adapt gameplans on the fly.

“Maybe it’s a lack of adaptability on the day which we need to go back and address. Obviously, it’s a big game on Sunday for the series, and we need to be a bit more proactive than reactive in these types of situations.” 

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India vs South Africa: South Africa’s Predicted Playing XI Against India, 5th T20I

Wayne Parnell

South Africa are looking to upset India as they take on each other in the fifth and final T20I in Bengaluru on Sunday. The series is level at 2-2 after India won the third and the fourth T20I in grad fashion to make a comeback in the series. This is a crucial series for both teams in terms of their preparations for the T20 World Cup later this year.

The Proteas are chasing history in Bengaluru as they look to keep their unbeaten streak against India across formats intact. They also have an upper hand in T20Is against India in India. In eight games, they have won five and lost just three, two of which came in this series alone.

Temba Bavuma Injury
Temba Bavuma PC- Getty Images

The side is struggling with injury concerns. After Aiden Markram is ruled out of the series, they are likely to have Temba Bavuma unavailable in the decider due to an injury on his left hand. He could not bat for the rest of the game after getting hit. Kagiso Rabada missed the fourth T20I due to an injury, there is no update on him yet. Lungi Ngidi who played his first game of the series in the last game took a blow on his left ankle. Amid the injury crisis, they need to pick their best XI and give a shot at winning the series.

India vs South Africa: South Africa’s Predicted Playing XI Against India, 5th T20I

Temba Bavuma / Reeza Hendricks

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image: BCCI

In case Bavuma is not fit to play the final T20I, Reeza Hendricks will come in place of him and open the batting along with Quinton De Kock.

Also Read: IND vs SA Head to Head Records, India’s Head to Head Records vs South Africa– South Africa Tour of India 2022, 5th T20I

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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

Wayne Parnell

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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