It boils down to the final game after Indian bowlers performed brilliantly in the 4th T20I against all odds. Inspite of heavy dew the Indian bowlers challenged themselves to put up a great show inspite of the Ben Stokes onslaught which nearly took the game away . Slower deliveries and cutters did the trick as England lost wickets in an effort to chase down a big score .
For the 5th game , it is expected that for India , Ishan Kishan , if he gets over his niggle , will replace out of form KL Rahul at the top . Otherwise no changes are expected with the series on the line . Virat Kohli did have a niggle towards end of last match but should be ok now with one days rest .
The bowling has done reasonably well in last match . However Shardul Thakur needs to guard against leaking runs . Hardik Pandya though has been quiet with the bat , has been a revelation as a bowler in this series and has bowled excellently in the last match giving away only 16 runs in 4 overs and bowled at reasonable speeds . Rahul Chahar replacing Yazuvendra Chahal had a decent game getting 2 wickets but may have to work on his economy going forward .
Also Kohli at 4 will work well for India as if he is around during slog overs, he can be deadly by even playing normal cricket shots as we saw in 3rd game .
India’s probable XI : Rohit , Ishan , Surya , Virat , Iyer, Pant , Hardik, Shardul, Sundar , Bhuvneshwar , Rahul Chahar .
England need to look at their number 3 . Dawid Malan has struggled in this series scoring at a run a ball and did not get any big scores . Getting Sam Billings in wont be a bad idea as Billings is a good player of spin and that will also break the monotony of lefthander’s in the England lineup.
Jos Buttler , Roy , Stokes , Bairstow , Morgan are crucial players in England lineup . All are match winners
The England bowling looks settled and no changes are expected .
Probable XI : Roy , Buttler , Malan / Billings , Bairstow , Stokes , Morgan , Sam Curran , Adil Rashid , Jordan , Archer , Wood
The pitch should be a typical T20 one with lots of runs and good for strokeplay.
Though toss winning captain has been chasing , this game being the decider can give an advantage to the team batting first and putting up a good score on the board. In decider, runs on the board is always very handy.
Waiting for an absolute cracking game!!