Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

India will face Australia in the fifth and the final game of the five-match T20I series at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. 

The Men in Blue have already won the series with a 3-1 victory. While the hosts will aim to carry forward their momentum and extend their dominant run to 4-1, Australia will look to salvage some pride by winning the final T20 game.

With the series already sealed the management of the Indian team might look to test the bench strength. A player like Shivam Dube, who is yet to get any game time may get a chance to prove his mettle in the middle or lower middle-order. Dube showed fine form in IPL 2023 and Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. He can walk into the playing XI in place of Rinku Singh, who has played a great role for India in the same position.

Spin bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar is another candidate who has been warming the bench. And now with nothing at stake, Sundar and Axar Patel can combine in the spin department allowing some rest to Ravi Bishnoi.

Jitesh Sharma, who scored 35 off just 19 balls, can don the gloves and look to produce another explosive knock to make a case for himself with the T20 World Cup approaching.

Deepak Chahar, who made a return to the Indian team after almost a year long gap, can be spearheading the Indian attack along with Avesh Khan and Mukesh Kumar.

India’s predicted XI

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav(c), Jitesh Sharma(w), Shivam Dube, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar.