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5th T20 Predictions: India vs South Africa



After staging a remarkable comeback in the series, India will take on South Africa in the fifth and final T20I match, to be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru today.

The series is evenly poised on 2-2 and today’s match will be the decider.

Last encounter at venue

In 2019, South Africa beat India by nine wickets at this very stadium.

Quinton de Kock scored 72 not out and Kagiso Rabada took 3/39 to give SA an easy win.

Team News

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma retired hurt in the fourth match due to an elbow injury.

His participation in this match is a question mark.

Also, Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell missed the last match with injuries, so it remains to be seen if they are fit.

India look settled with their combination  and might stick with the same team for the decider.

However, their top order is not firing well and Rishabh Pant looks like a weak link.

Pitch Report

The Chinnaswamy Stadium has relatively short boundaries.

It is also known to be a good batting pitch.

However, the spinners also tend to get some assistance from the wicket.

This is good news for Chahal, Axar Patel, Keshav Maharaj and Shamsi.

The skipper winning the toss might prefer to bowl first.

India Likely 11

Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

South Africa Likely 11

Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks/Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje

Expected key players for India

Ishan Kishan is the leading run-scorer in the series with 191 runs in just four matches.

He has an excellent average of almost 48 and has a terrific strike rate of 146 as well.

Hardik Pandya is next with 117 runs at an average of 58.50 and strike rate of 153.94.

The Chinnaswamy Stadium is one of Pandya’s preferred venues. In 7 matches, Hardik has hit 147 runs at an average of 36.75 and strike rate of 154.74.

Dinesh Karthik played brilliantly in Rajkot (55 off 27 balls).

However, Karthik has a poor record in T20s on this ground (18 inns, 278 runs, avg. 16.35, SR 129.30).

Despite this, we expect Karthik to shine due to his outstanding form.

Expected key players for SA

Tabraiz Shamsi is ranked number three in the ICC T20 bowler rankings.

But he has taken only one wicket in the series so fae.

However, the left-arm spinner can turn out to be a match-winner for his side during the fifth T20I. Shamsi bowls slow through the air and has a lot of variations.

He also knows the conditions at this stadium as he was a member of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

Dwaine Pretorius is South Africa’s leading wicket-taker this series (5).

He is likely to have the role of pinch-hitter at three once again.

He scored 29 off 13 balls in the first match of this series and can be a key player.

Quinton de Kock is key to South Africa’s hopes.

He loves playing at the Chinnaswamy stadium and has an great T20 record on this ground. In 11 innings, he has scored 463 runs at an average of 46.30 and a strike rate of 147.45.

Who will win

India is looking rock solid at the moment.

They have several players who can be match-winners in the batting and bowling department.

SA will need exceptional individual brilliance to stop India who looks like a complete team.

Our prediction is India will win the match and take the series 3-2.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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