The 4th 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 took a 2-1 lead in the 5-match One-Day series against Bangladesh Under-23s in yet another rain-affected match. The Indian openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Aryan Juyal scored fifties to add 114 in 22 overs without losing a wicket. The game was reduced to 22 overs after a long break during the 17th over of the Indian innings. The visiting side got a revised target of 174 in the 22 overs on DLS method.
In reply, the Bangladesh Under-23s lost half their side by 6th over with just 27 runs on the board. Soon it was 56/7 by 13th over with six out of Bangladesh’s top seven batsmen getting out for single digits. Mahidul Islam Ankon ended their misery with a 38-ball 50 which took them to 124 before they were bowled out in 21.4 overs. If not for Mahidul’s fifty, the Bangla side would not have even reached 100.
The Lucknow weather is expected to cause trouble for the 4th consecutive time in this series. Scattered thunderstorms are expected throughout the day at the Ekana Stadium.
With the moisture around, the new ball is producing wickets for the pacers while the spinners are ruling later on. The Ekana Stadium is more of a turning track but the rains make it bit better for batting and helpful for the pacers early on.
Average first innings score: 192 (Full 50-over Youth ODIs)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Aryan Juyal, BR Sharath (WK), Samarth Vyas, Kumar Suraj, Priyam Garg (C), Shubhang Hegde, Atit Seth, Arshdeep Singh, Anatha Saha, Hrithik Shokeen.
Bench – Saurabh Dubey, Harpreet Brar, Madhav Kaushik, Ritwik Roy Choudhary, Kartik Tyagi.
Saif Hassan (C), Sheikh Mehedi Hasan, Yasir Ali, Zakir Hassan, Sabbir Hossain, Fardeen Hasan, Mahidul Islam (WK), Ariful Haque, Sumon Khan, Tanvir Islam, Abu Hider Rony.
Bench – Jaker Ali, Shafiqul Islam, Manik Khan, Mohammad Al Amin, Robiul Haque.
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Atit Seth and Arshdeep Singh open the bowling for India and took four wickets apiece. Hrithik Shokeen took six wickets and is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. Mahedi Hasan will be crucial for the visiting team as he will be opening the innings and bowls a decent number of overs.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Saif Hassan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Hrithik Shokeen, Mahedi Hasan
Vice-Captain – Aryan Juyal, Yasir Ali, Priyam Garg, Sabbir Hossain
Saif Hassan is the safe option as captain or vice-captain as he is bowling few overs alongside opening the innings.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – BR Sharath, Mahidul Islam
Batters – Saif Hassan (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal (C), Priyam Garg
All-Rounders – Hrithik Shokeen (VC), Ariful Haque, Mahedi Hasan
Bowlers – Shubhang Hegde, Atit Seth, Sumon Khan
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Aryan Juyal, Mahidul Islam
Batters – Saif Hassan, Yasir Ali (VC), Kumar Suraj, Samarth Vyas
All-Rounders – Mahedi Hasan, Hrithik Shokeen (C)
Bowlers – Abu Hider Rony, Shubhang Hegde, Arshdeep Singh
The top-order batsmen will be crucial once again. This game is expected to be a shortened game like in the previous two matches. We might not see more than four players batting in first innings.
India Under-23s are expected to seal the series with one game still to be played.
*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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