India v England predictions: Tourists could make strong start in series decider
England pose threat with bat and ball in Powerplay overs
Free cricket tips, best bets and analysis for India v England in the fifth Twenty20 international on Saturday.
Where to watch
Sky Sports Cricket & Main Event, 1.30pm Saturday
England to have higher score in first six overs
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India to win 3-2
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India's spinners dominated the Test series against England but the tourists' fast bowlers have hit back in the Twenty20s and they have a key role to play in the series decider in Ahmedabad.
England reduced India to 20-3 and 24-3 on their way to victories in the first and third T20 internationals and paceman Jofra Archer claimed career-best figures of 4-33 in Thursday's fourth game.
Archer then slammed an unbeaten 18 off eight balls but India held on for an eight-run victory that levelled the series at 2-2.
Virat Kohli's men are slight favourites to win the finale in Ahmedabad, landing Racing Post Sport's pre-series 3-2 correct-score tip, but England are a tempting bet to post the higher score in the first six overs.
Archer and Mark Wood have ruffled top-class India openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who have scored just 42 runs from 60 deliveries in six innings between them.
Eoin Morgan's tactic of giving Adil Rashid the new ball has also worked well and Sam Curran claimed a wicket maiden in the first over of India's innings in the third game.
India have the option to promote either Ishan Kishan or Suryakumar Yadav to open the batting. Both played key roles in Mumbai Indians' 2020 IPL triumph and both scored dazzling half-centuries in their first T20 international innings in this series.
However, the hosts will be wary of losing yet more wickets in the Powerplay overs and they know they can make up for a sedate start with the quality of Kohli, Kishan, Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya in the middle-order.
England opener Jason Roy has reached 40 in three of his four innings in the series and the one time he fell cheaply, partner Jos Buttler stepped up with an unbeaten 83 from 52 balls.
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