The Round 2 match in the Elite group B of the 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy will be played between Punjab and Himachal Pradesh at the Gujarat State Fertilizer Corporation Ground in Vadodra.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (IST) (3:30 AM GMT)
The Indian domestic season is in its full flow after the start of its flagship One-day competition: The Vijay Hazare Trophy. The Round 02 match of the Elite Group B will see a Northern derby when Punjab will lock horns against Himachal Pradesh. Both sides had a middling last season, finishing fourth and fifth respectively in the Group A points table.
For Punjab, the onus will once again be there on their star-studded line-up. The likes of Anmolpreet Singh (314 runs in 3 matches), Gurkeerat Singh (268 runs in 6 matches) and Shubman Gill (418 runs in 7 innings) were the heartbeat of their batting unit in the last season, and the team will hope that they carry their form in the new season. It will be also interesting to see how veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh fares.
Himachal Pradesh, on the other hand, will also hope their trio of Prashant Chopra, Ankush Bains, and Priyanshu Khanduri reignite the magic of last year and lead their side from the front. The last time these two sides met Punjab won the game riding on a Shubman Gill hundred despite a valiant 122-ball-95 by Prashant Chopra.
No matter where you go, which tournament you play, rain always seems to find a way to make its presence felt. Same can be expected tomorrow. According to the weather report, Vadodra is expected to have scattered thunderstorms throughout the day. While the temperature and humidity will hover around 27 degrees and 81 percent, there is a 50 percent chance of rain tomorrow.
With the rain expected to play a major role, the wicket may boast of moisture, bringing the fast bowlers into play.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sharad Lumba, Manpreet Goni/Abhishek Sharma, Gitansh Khera (wk), Mayank Markande, Barinder Sran, Siddarth Kaul
Bench: Manan Vohra, Arshdeep Singh, Sanvir Singh, Arpit Pannu, Manpreet Goni/Abhishek Sharma
Prashant Chopra (c), Priyanshu Khanduri, Ankush Bains (wk), Nikhil Gangta, Amit Kumar, Rishi Dhawan, Ankit Kaushik, Pankaj Jaiswal, Mayank Dagar, Ayush Jamwal, Vinay Galetia
Bench: Gurvinder Singh, Kanwar Abhinay Singh, Ekant Sen, Sumeet Verma
Anmolpreet Singh (314 runs in 3 matches), Gurkeerat Singh (268 runs in 6 matches) and Shubman Gill (418 runs in 7 innings) were the heartbeats of their batting unit in the last season, and much of the same should be expected from them in this season. With the bowl, Mayank Markande and Siddarth Kaul, who claimed 13 and 12 wickets respectively last year will once again lead the unit.
The trio of Prashant Chopra (418 runs at 59.71), Ankush Bains (338 runs at 56.33) and Priyanshu Khanduri (222 runs at 33.00) were in a top-notch form in their side’s middling 2018 campaign. They will once again hold the key for Himachal while Rishi Dhawan (13 wickets at 27.07), Ayush Jamwal (14 wickets at 21.00) will spearhead the bowling unit
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Prashant Chopra
Vice-Captain – Ankush Bains, Mayank Markande, Sidd Kaul, Pratyush Khanduri
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Ankush Bains
Batsmen –Prashant Chopra, Shubman Gill [c], Anmolpreet Singh, Priyanshu Khanduri [vc], Sharad Lumba
All-Rounders – Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh-Mann
Bowlers – Mayank Dagar, Mayank Markande, Siddarth Kaul
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Ankush Bains
Batsmen – Prashant Chopra [vc], Shubman Gill [c], Anmolpreet Singh, Priyanshi Khanduri,
All-Rounders – Rishi Dhawan, Nikhil Gangta, Gurkeerat Singh-Mann
Bowlers – Pankaj Jaiswal, Mayank Markande, Siddarth Kaul
The top-order of both sides are extremely potent. While Punjab has the likes of Shubhman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Himachal boasts of Prashant Chopra, Priyanshu Khanduri and Ankush Bains. Both were in death-defying form last year and picking them captain/vice-captain can reap you great benefits.
The last time these two sides met, Punjab coasted home by 35 runs despite a brilliant 95 by Prashant Chopra. They’ll once again start as favorites.
*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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