The Round 3 clash in Elite Group C of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 will be played between Vidarbha vs Punjab at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground at Nagpur.
The match starts at 09:30 AM IST (04:00 AM GMT). It can be watched the live stream on Hotstar.
Punjab have won back to back two games and will look to continue with their winning streak. Their side has done significantly well against all the opponents so far in the ongoing tournament. In batting, Mandeep Singh is in red-hot form with the bat and has mustered 326 runs in two games with one double century. He would be eager to replicate his form in the upcoming game as well. On the other hand, their bowling unit has also impressed everyone. Mayank Markande, the leg spinner has grabbed 11 wickets in two games, who is making it tough for the batsmen to spent time on the wicket.
Vidarbha is currently ranked third in the league table with 10 points. They won their previous game against Rajasthan by a margin of an innings and 60 runs. However, they still need to come up with some improved performances in the batting department, who looks quite inconsistent. Only Ganesh Satish looks in touch as he has mustered 280 runs in two games. However, in bowling, Aditya Sarwate has already taken 11 wickets in his two outings in the ongoing tournament.
With no chances of rain, it is expected to be a perfect day for a cricket match. However, the temperature is expected to deviate between 19 and 28 Degree Celsius throughout the five days according to Accuweather.
The track at Vidarbha Cricket Association is expected to go in favour of fast bowlers, who might get some movement on the wicket. And, the batsmen will have a tough time facing the pacers and will have to first settle down in order to get aware of the nature of the wicket. However, the side batting might look to the field because they would like to take advantage of the fast bowling friendly condition
Average first innings total: 345 (Overall Completed Test matches )
Record of chasing team: Won – 2, Lost – 2, NR- 0
Injury and Availability News:
Mayank Agarwal is a part of India’s ODI squad and will not play this match.
Probable Playing XIs:
Sanvir Singh, Shubman Gill, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Mandeep Singh (c), Anmolpreet Singh, Sharad Lumba, Anmol Malhotra (wk), Karan Kaila, Mayank Markande, Akul Pandove, Sandeep Sharma
Bench: Siddarth Kaul, Baltej Singh, Maninder Singh, Vinay Choudhary, Ashwani Kumar, Abhishek Gupta, Rohan Marwaha
Faiz Fazal (c), Sanjay Raghunath, Wasim Jaffer, Ganesh Satish, Mohit Kale, Akshay Wadkar (wk), Akshay Karnewar, Umesh Yadav, Aditya Sarwate, Akshay Wakhare, Rajneesh Gurbani
Bench: Akshay Kolhar, Jitesh Sharma, Lalit M Yadav, Yash Thakur, Suniket Bingewar
Mandeep Singh, the skipper of Punjab is in great form with the bat, who has mustered 326 runs in his two games. He would be a wise pick for any fantasy side. Mayank Markande will be another important player from Punjab to watch out in the match.
For Vidarbha, Ganesh Satish will be a main player, who will be worth for any Dream11 Fantasy side, who has scored 280 runs in his last two games in Ranji Trophy 2019-20. Umesh Yadav is also expected to play a vital role in the outcome of the match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Shubman Gill, Faiz Fazal, Ganesh Satish
Vice-Captain – Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshay Karnewar, Mandeep Singh
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Akshay Wadkar
Batsmen – Anmolpreet Singh, Shubman Gill (C), Faiz Fazal (VC), Ganesh Satish
All-Rounders –Mandeep Singh, Akul Pandove, Akshay Karnewar
Bowlers –Mayank Markande, Akshay Wakhare, Aditya Sarwate
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Akshay Wadkar
Batsmen – Sharad Lumba, Shubman Gill, Wasim Jaffer, Ganesh Satish (VC)
All-Rounders –Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann (C), Sanvir Singh
Bowlers –Umesh Yadav, Akshay Wakhare, Aditya Sarwate
Shubhman Gill is one of the rising stars across the country. However, he has not got off to a great start to his tournament. He is currently struggling to click a good knock with the bat but his calibre to play good knocks cannot be ignored. Looking forward to Gill form, he could be a risky pick but will be worth for any Grand League Side.
Punjab is expected to win the match against Vidarbha in Ranji Trophy round 3.
*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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