The Round 5 match in the Elite Group C of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20 will be played between Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir at the Jaipuria Vidhyalaya Ground in Jaipur.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (IST) (3:30 AM GMT)
Jammu & Kashmir will face off Bengal in the Group C match on Monday at the Jaipuria Vidhyalaya Ground. Both the teams lost their first match but bounced back with a win in the second. J&K lost to Tripura in the first match but came back strongly against to defeat the hosts Rajasthan by 55 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
On the other hand, Bengal suffered a 38-run loss in their first match against Gujarat. They face Services on Saturday and defeated them by 4 wickets. Their new skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran will join the team on Monday for his first game as the Bengal skipper. Easwaran and pacer Ishan Porel were part of warm-up against South Africans and missed two matches.
Thunderstorm with rain is expected in Jaipuria Vidhayala Ground on Monday. The weather forecast, however, doesn’t indicate major chances of rain during the match timings. At least a minimum of 30 overs aside is possible.
The Jaipuria Vidhyalaya Ground in Jaipur has hosted four matches in the ongoing edition of Vijay Hazare. The venue is good for chasing scores up to 240 but anything over 250 could be a winning score.
Average first innings score: 212 (List A matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News:
Abhimanyu Easwaran and Ishan Porel will return after being part of Board President’s XI.
Wriddhiman Saha is recovering from a thumb injury while Washington Sundar could be part of the XI soon.
Probable Playing XIs:
Abhimanyu Easwaran (C), Abhishek Raman, Shreevats Goswami (WK), Sudip Chatterjee, Manoj Tiwary, Anustup Majumdar, Arnab Nandi, Ashok Dinda, Sayan Ghosh, Ishan Porel, Akash Deep.
Bench: Wriddhiman Saha, Shahbaz Ahmed, Agniv Pan, Ayan Bhattacharjee, Ritwik Chowdhury, Prayas Barman, Karan Lal.
Jammu & Kashmir:
Ahmed Banday, Qamran Iqbal, Shubham Khajuria, Shubham Pundir, Parvez Rasool (C), Jatin Wadhwan, Fazil Rashid (WK), Ram Dayal, Waseem Raza, Mohammed Mudhasir, Umar Nazir Mir.
Bench: Paras Sharma, Aquib Nabi, Abdul Samad, Mujtaba Yousuf.
Abhimanyu Easwaran has good numbers in List A cricket and will hope to make it big in his first season as captain. Shreevats Goswami has good T20 numbers in the last two years. He could be hoping to convert that success in One-Day format as well. Shubham Pundir and Shubham Khajuria closely missed out hundreds in the previous match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shreevats Goswami, Shubham Khajuria, Qamran Iqbal
Vice-Captain – Abhishek Raman, Shubham Pundir, Parvez Rasool, Manoj Tiwary
Qamran Iqbal scored fifties in both matches and could be a safe option as captain or vice-captain.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Shreevats Goswami
Batsmen – Abhishek Raman, Abhimanyu Easwaran (VC), Qamran Iqbal, Shubham Khajuria (C), Shubham Pundir
All-Rounders – Ram Dayal, Parvez Rasool
Bowlers – Sayan Ghosh, Ishan Porel, Umar Nazir Mir
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Shreevats Goswami (C)
Batsmen – Abhishek Raman, Qamran Iqbal, Shubham Khajuria, Shubham Pundir
All-Rounders – Ram Dayal, Parvez Rasool (VC), Manoj Tiwary
Bowlers – Umar Nazir Mir, Arnab Nandi, Ashok Dinda
Manoj Tiwary hasn’t got big scores in the first two matches. He costs 9.5 credits and could be a risky pick. But he did took two wickets in the last match but J&K players might not fall into his trap.
Jammu & Kashmir could give a tough fight to Bengal in the present form.
*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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