India will face England in the series’ fifth and final T20I match. India kept their cool in the fourth T20I, winning by 8 runs in the final over to tie the series at 2-2. All eyes will now be on the T20I decider. Suryakumar Yadav’s promotion to No. 3 in the previous game made a big difference in the match’s context, as he scored his maiden T20I fifty in just 28 balls Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, and Shardul Thakur’s combined bowling performances sealed the game for India.
Virat Kohli is still bothered by the lack of a sixth bowling option and the openers’ inconsistency. They need to overcome this problem to win the series.
On the other hand, England would be devastated if they lost the fourth T20I, as they had taken complete control of the match in the second innings. This time, India had broken through their deadly fast bowling fortress, scoring 185 runs, the highest total in the series. When they thought they had the game in hand, two back-to-back wickets of Ben Stokes and skipper Eoin Morgan in the 17th overtook it away.
The only concern is that No. 1 T20 batter Dawid Malan is not performing to his expectations. It’s not easy for any visiting team to put up a fight against India in their backyard, and they’ve done an excellent job in this series. Both teams are fierce competitors, and the series will go to the team that can handle the pressure the best.
With temperatures ranging from 28~34 degrees Celsius, there is no chance of rain in Ahmedabad.
The series decider on Saturday will be played on a decent batting surface. As seen in the previous game, the ball should skid on nicely, with dew also likely to be a factor. While the new ball can swing around, the fast bowlers will try to slow down as the game progresses. The spinners should benefit from the slightly larger boundaries, despite the lack of options. With 170 being par at the venue, both teams will look to chase after winning the toss.
Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Rohit Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Lokesh Rahul, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Washington Sundar
Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood
India vs England, 5th T20I Dream 11:
Virat Kohli (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Ben Stokes, Hardik Pandya, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Shardul Thakur
Winning the toss
Jason Roy (England), Rohit Sharma (India)
Mark Wood (England), Shardul Thakur (India)
Jos Buttler (England), Rishabh Pant (India)
Player of the Match
Team Scores Batting First
England 180+, India 190+
After winning a game while batting first, India would have gained a lot of confidence. They are likely to win the series 3-2, thanks to an explosive top order and a pretty consistent bowling lineup.