The Round 3 Elite Group A and B game of the 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy will be played between Delhi and Vidarbha at the Gujarat State Fertilizer Corporation Ground in Vadodara.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (IST) (3:30 AM GMT).
Both Delhi and Vidarbha aren’t in the best of positions in the points table of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. On one hand, Delhi has had only one victory to their name versus Baroda by 10 runs in a rain-curtailed match. In their previous game, the team, captained by Dhruv Shorey, slumped to a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Uttar Pradesh and are languishing at the bottom-half of the table.
Their next opponent Vidarbha, led by the enigmatic Wasim Jaffer, isn’t in the greatest of shapes either. They have played one match more than Delhi and are on 10 points. The side started with quite a few abandoned games and then lost back-to-back games against Punjab and Himachal Pradesh respectively. However, the nine-wicket victory over Haryana would give them confidence.
The weather is expected to be a pleasant one for the game of cricket. There are no chances of throughout the day, which is definitely good news. The temperature will be around 28 and 35 degrees Celsius. There will be a fair amount of cloud, but the sun will make its way out.
The pitch hasn’t been an absolute belter by any means. However, runs will be on offer if the batsmen put their heads down initially. It is also a strip that has assisted the teams, batting second. Hence, to be on the safe side, sides should look to field first and then track down targets.
Average first innings score: 218 (Completed List A matches)
Record of the chasing teams: Won 5, Lost 2
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there’s any update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Hiten Dalal, Kunwar Bidhuri, Anuj Rawat (wk), Dhruv Shorey (C), Nitish Rana, Himmat Singh, Manan Sharma, Pawan Negi, Lalit Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Simarjeet Singh
Bench- Shikhar Dhawan, Suboth Bhati, Vikas Tokas, Tejas Baroka, Kulwant Khejroliya, Kunal Chandela
Faiz Fazal, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Wasim Jaffer (C), Ganesh Satish, Aditya Sarwate, Rushabh Rathod, Darshan Nalkande, Akshay Karnewar, Akshay Wadkar, Yash Thakur, Akshay Wakhare
Bench- Shrikant Wagh, Apoorv Wankhade, Sanjay Raghunath, Atharwa Taide
Anuj Rawat has done a decent job at the top of the order. In the first two games, he couldn’t kick on after getting starts, but came into his own versus Odisha. He has been effective behind the wickets as well.
Faiz Fazal is leading the run-charts for Vidarbha in the tournament. In three matches, he has 140 runs at an average of 70 with a top score of 72 versus Punjab. It’s the strike-rate of 68.62 that he needs to work on.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Dhruv Shorey, Faiz Fazal, Nitish Rana
Vice-Captain Options: Anuj Rawat, Wasim Jaffer, Navdeep Saini
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues
Keeper – Jitesh Sharma, Anuj Rawat (VC)
Batsmen – Ganesh Satish, Faiz Fazal (C), Himmat Singh, Nitish Rana
All-Rounders – Pawan Negi, Akshay Karnewar
Bowlers – Nitin Saini, Darshan Nalkande, Yash Thakur
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Jitesh Sharma
Batsmen – Nitish Rana, Dhruv Shorey (C), Himmat Singh, Wasim Jaffer (VC), Ganesh Satish
All-Rounders – Pawan Negi, Manan Sharma
Bowlers – Kulwant Khejroliya, Darshan Nalkande, Yash Thakur
Among the all-rounders, Pawan Negi has done the most. Apart from him, one can avoid picking others, Rather, one can focus on picking more batters and bowlers.
Delhi are expected to win the match.
*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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