Bash History: Correct / Repeat The Last Command With a Substitution

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I often type the wrong command as follows under Linux bash shell:

rsync -av dir1 [email protected]:/path/to/dir1


cp -av file1*.txt file2*.txt /path/to/dest

I need to correct those command as follows:

rsync -av dir5 [email protected]:/path/to/dir1
cp -av delta1*.txt delta2*.txt /path/to/dest

How do I replace dir1 with dir5 or file with delta and repeat the last command under bash shell?