IND v SA, 5th T20I: Start of game delayed as rain interferes before a ball is bowled

With a sub-air drainage system installed in the stadium, matches can be expected to start soon after the rain stops. An update at 7.17 pm said the rain had stopped and showed the ground staff working to get the game started as soon as possible.

Before the match, heavy rain was predicted for the day of the match, especially around the time of the start. Rain had also affected the 2021/22 Ranji Trophy semi-finals in the city this week. As soon as the rain began to show its effect and players from both the teams ran into the dugout, the covers were put on immediately.

Earlier, stand-in South Africa captain Keshav Maharaj won the toss and elected to bowl first against the unchanged Indian team in the series decider. The series is currently locked at 2-2 and the skies in Bengaluru on Sunday will decide the winner of the five-match affair. In winner-take-it-all cases since 2016 in T20Is, India have won nine out of eleven, losing only twice.

For South Africa, Maharaj, captaining in the absence of an injured Temba Bavuma, said Reeza Hendrix, Tristan Stubbs and Kagiso Rabada come into the playing XI in place of Bavuma, Marco Jensen and Tabariz Shamsi.

playing XI

India: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (captain and wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Avesh Khan

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendrix, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Henrik Klaasen, Tristan Stubbs, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj (c), Lungi Ngidi, Enrique Nortje

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