The 1st match of the 5-match One-Day series between India Under-23s and Bangladesh Under-23s at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (IST) (3:30 AM GMT).
India Under-23s will host the Bangladesh Under-23s team in a 5-match One-Day series starting on Thursday. The series will be played at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow as Raipur, which was originally scheduled to host is expected to be under the rains. This series will involve many lesser-known players from the Indian domestic circuit and also a few of them who featured for the Under-19s team this year.
It won’t be an overstatement to say that India and Bangladesh have been the top two sides in Asia. These two countries featured in the recent most Asia Cup finals of the Men’s and Women’s cricket played in 2018. Even last week, it was India and Bangladesh who locked horns in the Under-19s Asia Cup held in Sri Lanka. For this series, the Bangladesh U23 team has got more players with exposure to the top level.
Thunderstorm with rain is expected during the morning in Lucknow on Thursday. We might not see any play until 12 PM if the weather forecast comes true. It predicts 70% rain until 9 AM, the scheduled start of the game. Showers might continue until 11 AM but the drainage system here is good enough to shorten the delay.
The Ekana Stadium hasn’t hosted a List A match yet but was the host for four matches in the Under-19s Challengers Trophy last year. Two of those matches recorded scores over 280 and the other two with scores between 200 and 230. The spinners do take the majority of the wickets at this venue.
Average first innings score: N/A
Record of chasing teams: N/A
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
BR Sharath (WK), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Samarth Vyas, Priyam Garg (C), Ritwik Roy Choudhary, Dhrushant Soni, Shubhang Hegde, Atit Seth, Kartik Tyagi, Arshdeep Singh, Hrithik Shokeen.
Bench – Madhav Kaushik, Aryan Juyal (WK), Kumar Suraj, Harpreet Brar.
Saif Hassan (C), Sabbir Hossain, Yasir Ali, Mohammad Al Amin, Zakir Hassan, Mahidul Islam (WK), Ariful Haque, Shafiqul Islam, Sheikh Mehedi Hasan, Tanvir Islam, Robiul Haque.
Bench – Sumon Khan, Fardeen Hasan, Manik Khan, Jaker Ali.
The Bangladesh skipper Saif Hassan has a good record in the List A format. Yashasvi Jaiswal has impressed one and all with his consistent show in the Youth ODIs. Samarth Vyas has an average of 43 in his 13-match List A career. This could have been even higher if not for playing in tough Delhi tracks during the previous Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Saif Hassan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Yasir Ali, Samarth Vyas
Vice-Captain – BR Sharath, Priyam Garg, Ariful Haque, Mohammad Al Amin
Yashasvi Jaiswal could be a safe choice as captain or vice-captain for this game.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – BR Sharath
Batters – Saif Hassan (C), Yasir Ali, Yashasvi Jaiswal (VC), Priyam Garg
All-Rounders – Mohammad Al Amin, Dhrushant Soni, Ariful Haque,
Bowlers – Shubhang Hegde, Atit Seth, Tanvir Islam
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – BR Sharath
Batters – Samarth Vyas (C), Saif Hassan, Yasir Ali (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Priyam Garg
All-Rounders – Mohammad Al Amin, Sheikh Mehedi Hasan
Bowlers – Shafiqul Islam, Atit Seth, Kartik Tyagi
Since this series is individual performances centred one, we might not see a settled playing XI. The management of both teams would like to keep rotating the players to see all get enough chances. India might have all the 15 players featuring in at least one game and a maximum of 4 matches.
India Under-23s might face a tough task from the visitors for taking a 1-0 lead.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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