The Round 04 Elite Group A and B game will be played between Maharashtra 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).
As the caravan of the 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy rolls on, so does the caravan of rain! Its been that sort of a season thus far. Rain, inclement weather, abandonments, wet-outfields, it has all added to the teams’ misery. And no one knows it better than the two teams who will hope to be in action tomorrow: Maharashtra and Vidarbha.
Both sides have had each of their four scheduled encounters due to rain and they’ll hope that for once it goes away allowing them to get on with the tournament. Vidarbha will once again be spearheaded by their batting unit that boasts of the likes of Faiz Fazal, Arthav Taide, Ganesh Sathish, Maharashtra too has a strong batting line-up with the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ankeet Bawne spearheading the unit.
While there is a forecast for thunderstorms on Wednesday, the chances it is considerably low. While the humidity is expected to be around 82 percent, there is a 40 percent chance of rain tomorrow.
With the pitch taking a considerable amount of rain in the past few weeks, the track might be sluggish for batting and slower bowlers could have their say as the game goes on.
Average first innings score: NA
Records of chasing teams: NA
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Jitesh Sharma [wk], Faiz Fazal, Wasim Jaffer [c], Atharva Taide, Ganesh Satish, Darshan Nalkande, Apoorva Wankhade, Akshay Wakhare, Akshay Karnewar, Yash Thakur, Shrikant Wagh.
Bench: R Sanjay, Akshay Wadkar, Umesh Yadav, Aditya Sarwate, Rushabh Rathod.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Ankit Bawne, Naushad Shaikh, Kedhar Jadhav [c], Avdhoot Dandekar [wk], Divyang Himganekar, Samad Fallah, Satyajeet Bachhav, Azim Kazi and Nikit Dhumal
Bench: S Kazi, Mukesh Choudhary, Yash Nahar, Swapnil Gugale
Vidarbha: Last year, Atharva Taide (311 runs in 7 games), Faiz Fazal (211 runs in 5 games) and Ganesh Satish (254 runs in 7 games), are the bedrocks of Vidarbha’s batting unit, something the team will hope they can replicate this season. The bowling unit will be spearheaded by Akshay Wakhare (7 wickets in 6 games), Yash Thakur (4 wickets in 3 games) and Shrikant Wagh (3 wickets in 3 games)
Maharashtra: Maharashtra boasts of a pretty formidable batting line-up in the form of Ruturaj Gaikwad [365 runs in 45.62], Ankeet Bawne [328 runs in 7 games at 82.00], Naushad Shaikh [201 runs in 4 games] and of-course Kedar Jadhav. The bowling unit too is in safe hands. Samad Fallah and Satyajeet Bachhav claimed 15 wickets each last season and will once again be the torchbearers this year.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Arthav Taide, Ankeet Bawne
Vice-Captain – Ganesh Satish, Faiz Fazal, Samad Fallah
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Jitesh Sharma
Batters – Ankeet Bawne (VC), Ruturaj Gaikwad [C], Faiz Fazal, Apoorva Wankhede, Ganesh Satish
All-Rounders – Srikant Wagh, Kedar Jadhav
Bowlers – Nikit Dhumal, Satyajeet Bachhav, Akshay Wakhare
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Avdhoot Dandekar
Batters – Ankeet Bawne, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Apoorva Wankhede, Atharva Taide [c]
All-Rounders – Srikant Wagh [vc], Akshay Karnewar
Bowlers – Samad Fallah, Yash Thakur, Satyajeet Bachhav
Both sides boast of a strong top-order. With rains expected to play spoilsport, it could be a rain-curtailed encounter. Hence, picking more top-order batters can reap you great rewards.
Considering the depth that Vidarbha has in their line-up, they will start as favourites.
*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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