India vs South Africa, 5th T20: Series decider 19 overs per innings
The fifth and final T20I between India and South Africa will begin at 7:50 pm as proceedings were delayed even before the ball was bowled due to rain. The delay in the game also means that the match will now be of 19 overs.
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Before the match, heavy rain was predicted for the day of the match, especially around the time of the start. Rain had also affected the 2021/22 Ranji Trophy semi-finals in the city this week. As soon as the players of both the teams were to start the proceedings at 7 pm, it started raining.
As soon as the rain began to show its effect and players from both teams were back in the dugout, the covers were put on immediately. With a sub-air drainage system installed in the stadium, one can expect the match to start early. An update at 7:17 p.m. said the rain had stopped and television visuals showed ground staff at work to start play as soon as possible.
Earlier, stand-in South Africa captain Keshav Maharaj won the toss and elected to bowl first against unchanged India in the series decider. The series is currently locked at 2-2 and the winner of Under the Sky will decide the winner of the five-match affair in Bengaluru on Sunday. In winner-take-it-all cases since 2016 in T20Is, India have won nine out of eleven, losing only twice.
For South Africa, Maharaj, captaining in the absence of an injured Temba Bavuma, said Reeza Hendrix, Tristan Stubbs and Kagiso Rabada come into the playing XI in place of Bavuma, Marco Jensen and Tabariz Shamsi.
India: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (captain and wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Avesh Khan
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendrix, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Henrik Klaasen, Tristan Stubbs, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj (c), Lungi Ngidi, Enrique Nortje