The Round 6 game of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019 between Mumbai and Hyderabad will be hosted by KSCA Cricket Ground in Alur
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (IST) (3:30 AM GMT).
In a repeat of last year’s semi-final, defending champions Mumbai are pitted against high-flying Hyderabad in one of the most awaited clashes of Round 5 on Friday. Both teams are on course for another knockout phase appearance although they have already lost one game each in the competition so far.
While Hyderabad was handed a reality check by KM Asif and Kerala, Chattisgarh shocked Mumbai by chasing a 300+ target with relative ease last week. Since then, both teams have bounced back nicely with Hyderabad even getting the better of Karnataka.
As for the two teams in the spotlight, the last time they faced each other, Mumbai ran out comfortable winners in the semi-final. Tushar Deshpande picked a three-wicket haul in the process in spite of a brave knock from Rohit Rayudu.
Mumbai had the services of Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Ajinkya Rahane for the game, which isn’t the case on Friday. Both teams are equally matched on paper although Mumbai might still hold the edge owing to the international experience they can bank upon.
There is a possible threat of rain for this game although a match should be completed. A cloud cover of 86% and humidity of 76%, according to AccuWeather could have say in the game with a slight drizzle on the cards during the latter half of the day
Alurhas produced good sporting wickets with some for both the batsmen and the bowlers. Although the amount of turn on offer would delight the spinners, the pacers have also traditionally enjoyed success with the new ball. Chasing is preferred on this surface in spite of the record not being too great this season.
Average first innings score: 255 (Matches Completed in 2019)
Record of chasing team: Won – 1, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Jay Gokul Bista, Shreyas Iyer (C), Shubham Ranjane, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare (WK), Siddhesh Lad, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur, Shams Mulani, Dhawal Kulkarni and Tushar Deshpande
Bench: Eknath Kerkar, Kruthik Hanagavadi, Shashank Attarde, Sarfaraz Khan, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Atharva Ankolekar
Akshath Reddy, Tanmay Agarwal, Tilak Varma, Ambati Rayudu (C), Bavanaka Sandeep, Rohit Rayudu, Jamalpur Mallikarjuna (WK), Chama V Milind, Mehdi Hasan, Ajay Dev Goud and Mohammed Siraj
Bench: T Ravi Teja, PalakodetiSuman, KartikeyaKak, MicklJaiswal
Shreyas Iyer has already registered two fifties this season and looks to be in good touch in the Mumbai top order. His counterpart, Ambati Rayudu also struck some form as he compiled a patient 87 to guide his side to a sensational win against Karnataka. Bavanaka Sandeep has picked 10 wickets so far and also bats in the middle order. His form makes him a safe pick in this blockbuster encounter.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Shreyas Iyer, BavanakaSandeep, Shardul Thakur
Vice-Captain – Ambati Rayudu, ChamaMilind, ShivamDube
Shreyas Iyer’s form for Mumbai and the Indian National side over the past few months gives him the nod over Bavanaka Sandeep and Ambati Rayudu
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Jamalpur Mallikarjuna
Batsmen – Shreyas Iyer (C), JayBista, AmbatiRayudu, RohitRayudu
All-Rounders – ShivamDube, B Sandeep (VC)
Bowlers – Mohammed Siraj, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur and Chama Milind
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Aditya Tare
Batsmen – Siddhesh Lad, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rohit Rayudu, Ambati Rayudu
All-Rounders –Bavanaka Sandeep, ShivamDube
Bowlers – Shardul Thakur (VC), Tushar Deshpande, Chama Milind, Syed Mehdi Hasan
Middle-order batsmen are the key on this surface with the new ball bowlers on either side posing a genuine wicket-taking threat. Shreyas Iyer and Ambati Rayudu are two players who have ample international experience under their belt to tackle such situations.
Similarly, the new ball bowlers will also get some swing upfront which Shardul Thakur and Chama Milind can exploit.
Mumbai are favourites for this game and should get over the line against an in-form Hyderabad side on Friday.
*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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