IND vs SA Live: Rishabh Pant & Co reach Bengaluru for FINAL T20: Check pics

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IND vs SA Live: Bengaluru T20 Live – Team India under Rishabh Pant’s captaincy has reached Bengaluru for the series-deciding 5th T20 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. India drew level with a record-breaking 82-run win in Rajkot. But in Bengaluru, where India have struggled in white-ball games, it will be a big test for the team. Follow India vs South Africa Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

Hardik Pandya and others reached the tech capital of India on Saturday morning. The team has an optional practice session in the afternoon.

IND vs SA Live: Rishabh Pant & Co reach Bengaluru for FINAL T20, eyes maiden white-ball series against South Africa: Check pics

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IND vs SA Live: India in Bengaluru in T20Is

  • An 82-run victory against South Africa in the fourth T20I has seen Team India fight back in the contest
  • India hold a poor record at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in T20Is.
  • In five T20Is so far India have won only two while losing the other three T20Is.
  • In the first-ever T20I at the venue in 2012, India lost to Pakistan and have since lost two more at the venue.
  • However, with a morale-boosting win in the fourth T20I in Rajkot as Rishabh Pant and co will fancy their chances against South Africa.
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IND vs SA Live: Rishabh Pant & Co reach Bengaluru for FINAL T20, eyes maiden white-ball series against South Africa: Check pics

IND vs SA Live: Rishabh Pant & Co reach Bengaluru for FINAL T20, eyes maiden white-ball series against South Africa: Check pics

IND vs SA Live: Rishabh Pant eyes big record in Bengaluru

With that, Rishabh Pant could become the first Indian captain to win a T20 series against South Africa at home. Pant can deliver what has eluded the likes of former captains MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. After being 2-0 down, the Men in Blue bounced back to level the series on Friday. Pant now will be eyeing a series win and also the elusive record.

IND vs SA Live: Rain to play spoilsport?

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With India heading into monsoon season, rain will be the biggest deciding factor. And with the unpredictable nature of Bengaluru weather, rain is likely to play spoilsport.  Weather.com predicts an 80% chance of rainfall during the game, which could lead to a stop-start affair.

IND vs SA Live: Rishabh Pant & Co reach Bengaluru for FINAL T20, eyes maiden white-ball series against South Africa: Check pics

India Playing XI vs SA: Will Rahul Dravid make any changes to Playing XI?

  • Ruturaj Gaikwad has been hot and cold but thanks to his half-century in 3rd T20, he will keep his place.
  • As for Shreyas Iyer, he is a major concern but he is also one of the experienced batters in the middle order. With no like-for-like replacement, he too will get a go to prove himself.
  • Another weaklink seemed to be Axar Patel, who could not perform to the expectation. But Rahul Dravid is expected to stick with him for Bengaluru T20.
  • In bowling department, there will be no change barring any late injury or niggle as the unit has performed well under pressure.
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IND vs SA Live: Rishabh Pant & Co reach Bengaluru for FINAL T20, eyes maiden white-ball series against South Africa: Check pics

India Squad for South Africa T20s: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Captain, WK), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya (Vice-Captain), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

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