The India cricket team will take on South Africa in the fifth and final T20I at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday, June 19. The match will start at 7:00 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
After suffering back-to-back defeats in Delhi and Cuttack in the opening two T20Is, India bounced back strongly in the next two matches to beat the Proteas by 48 runs and 82 runs in Visakhapatnam and Rajkot, respectively, to level the five match series 2-2.
As far as team news are concerned, India are expected to retain their playing XI from the last match, while South Africa pacers Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell are likely to back at the expense of Marco Jansen and Tabraiz Shamsi.
IND vs SA Dream11 prediction
With India roaring back from 0-2 down to level five-match series 2-2, the hosts will start as favourites heading into the series decider against South Africa in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Furthermore, India have a superior head-to-head record against South Africa in the T20I format, winning 11 of the 19 matches that they have played so far. The Proteas have secured eight victories.
IND vs SA Dream11 team tips for 5th T20I
Top Tip: Best batter
India’s Ishan Kishan will be the batter to watch out in the fifth and final T20I. The swashbuckling left-hander has been the highest run-getter in the series so far, amassing 191 runs in four matches at a strike rate of 146.92 and an average of 47.75. Having already accrued 294 fantasy points, picking in-form Ishan Kishan for the series decider is a no-brainer at 9 credits.
Top tip: Best bowler
In the bowling department, Harshal Patel has been the standout bowler in the ongoing T20I series. India’s right-arm pacer has picked seven wickets in four matches at an economy of 7.23. Harshal will once again play an important role in the final T20I and will be a great fantasy pick for this clash at just 8.5 credits.
Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
Among the quality all-rounders on display, one must pick Dwaine Pretorius of South Africa in the fantasy cricket team. The 33-year-old all-rounder is currently the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in the series, claiming five wickets in four matches. He has also contributed with the bat, scoring 53 runs at a strike rate of 132.50. Having accumulated 220 fantasy points, Dwaine Pretorius will be a worthy fantasy pick for the final T20I.
For the wicket-keeper spot, India captain Rishabh Pant pips Quinton de Kock of South Africa. While both players have struggled with the bat in the series, Pant has amassed 125 fantasy points as compared to de Kock’s 65. Pant is a proven match-winner and is expected to play a key role on Sunday.
IND vs SA probable playing XI
IND playing XI (probable): Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (captain/wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan
SA playing XI (probable): Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Temba Bavuma (captain), Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi
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