The Round 8 Elite Group C game of the 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy will be played between Tamil Nadu and Jammu & Kashmir at the KL Saini Ground in Jaipur.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (IST) (3:30 AM GMT).
The caravan of 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy rolls and the Round 08 Elite Group C encounter will see Tamil Nadu square-off against Jammu & Kashmir.
Both sides come into this game with contrasting fortunes. While Tamil Nadu has been on a rampage, both almost everything that has come there way, Jammu & Kashmir have been very inconsistent and barring a 55-run over Rajasthan, they have proceeded to lose to Tripura [by 2 wickets], Bengal [by 8 wickets] and Railways [by 70 runs].
Tamil Nadu is coming into this game on the back of a comprehensive 74-run win over Bengal courtesy Dinesh Karthik 62-ball 97 and an all-round bowling effort. JK, on the other hand, is coming off a seven-wicket defeat against the same opposition which Tamil Nadu beat- Bengal- after their batting-unit was blown away by Ishan Porel’s 6/34.
For a change, the weather at Jaipur is expected to be bright and sunny. According to the weather report, there are minimal chances of rain tomorrow and the humidity is expected to be around 54 percent.
The pitch at KL Saini Ground has been a good surface to bat on this far in this season. With the weather expected to be bright and sunny, another run-fest can be expected.
Average first innings score: 228 (In 7 matches this season)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 3
Injury and Availability News:
Will be updated once we get any update
Probable Playing XIs:
N Jagadeesan, Abhinav Mukund, Hari Nishanth, Baba Aparajith, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Shahrukh Khan, M Mohammed, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, T Natarajan
Bench: Jagatheesan Kousik, Washington Sundar, Abhishek Tanwar, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, M Siddharth
Ahmed Banday, Qamran Iqbal, Shubham Khajuriya, Ram Dayal, Parvez Rasool (C), Shubham Pundir, Fazil Rashid (WK), Umar Nazir Mir, Abdul Samad, Abid Mushtaq, Mujtaba Yousuf
Bench: Mohammed Mudhasir, Waseem Raza, Paras Sharma, Jatin Wadhwan, Aquib Nabi
52*, 95, DNB, 97: Needless to say Dinesh Karthik has been in supreme form this season. The wicket-keeper batsmen have spearheaded his team from the front with his bat and have been abely supported by the likes of Vijay Shankar [132 runs in 2 games], Shahrukh Khan [140 runs in 4 games] and Baba Aparajith [155 runs in 4 games]. The bowling has been superbly led by K Vignesh [11 wickets in 4 games] and M Mohammed [9 wickets in 4 games].
Jammu & Kashmir’s batting was blown away in the last game against the seam and pace of Ishan Porel. The only game that JK has won thus far, it was due to their batting performance. Shubham Pundir [107 runs in 4 games], Shubhmam Khajuriya [122 runs in 40.66] and Fazil Rashid [114 runs in 4 games] will be the bedrock of their batting and if JK have to make a comeback it is down to their batting to deliver
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, Shubham Pundir, Baba Aparajith
Vice-Captain – Shahrukh Khan, Fazil Rashid, M Mohammed, Ram Dayal
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Dinesh Karthik (c)
Batsmen –Baba Aparajith, Shubham Khajuria, Shubham Pundir, Shahrukh Khan
All-Rounders – Parvez Rasool, Ram Dayal, Vijay Shankar (vc)
Bowlers – Umar Nazir Mir, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Fazil Rashid
Batsmen –Baba Aparajith, Shubham Khajuria, Abhinav Mukund, Shahrukh Khan
All-Rounders – Parvez Rasool, Ram Dayal (vc), Vijay Shankar (c)
Bowlers – Umar Nazir Mir, M Mohammed, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh
The likes of Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar have been in stupendous form thus far. Hence, making them as captain/vice-captain could be worth a punt.
4-0: That’s Tamil Nadu’s record in this season thus far. Needless to say, they will start as massive 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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