Quarter Final 4 of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019 pits Chhattisgarh and Mumbai in a rematch of their league game on Monday. Both teams have done well this season with both sides getting 22 and 20 points out of a tough Elite Group A and B. Their previous encounter saw Amandeep Khare pull off a stunning chase of 317 with a brisk hundred. Since then, Mumbai has found another hero in Yashasvi Jaiswal, who scored a double hundred against Jharkhand earlier in the month. Although both teams are well balanced on paper, defending champions, Mumbai has the edge over Chhattisgarh owing to their players’ international and big match experience. All in all, another cracking encounter awaits both sides in Alur.
Vijay Hazare Trophy
KSCA Ground III, Alur
October 21st, 2019
9:00 AM IST
The weather forecast isn’t too great although a match should be completed on Monday. In spite of the prospect of rain, the cloud cover at the start of the game would help the new ball bowlers. Humidity is on the rise which could play a role as the game progresses.
The high-scoring nature of the ground bodes well for either side’s batsmen. The average score here is nearly 270 with both the pacers and spinners also getting some help from the overlying conditions. Teams should prefer chasing with the rain bound to come into play on Monday.
Predicted Playing XI:
Mumbai has momentum and experience on its side with Shreyas Iyer marshalling a very strong unit. They have ample depth in both batting and bowling departments with the emergence of Yashasvi Jaiswal boding well for them. He recently became the youngest double centurion in List A cricket and is their top runscorer with 504 runs to his name. Dhawal Kulkarni will be key with the new ball given his recent performance against Jharkhand which saw him pick a fifer under the shadow of Jaiswal’s double hundred
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer, Shubham Ranjane, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare (WK), Siddhesh Lad, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur, Shams Mulani, Dhawal Kulkarni and Tushar Deshpande
Chhattisgarh will field it’s strongest side with Jiwanjot Singh being drafted back into the side. Ashutosh Singh has been their best batsmen with the likes of Amandeep Khare and Harpreet Brar also doing well for them. Their bowling unit has also performed well with Veer Pratap Singh picking fifteen wickets in just five games for them. Although they don’t possess the same experience as their opponents, Chhattisgarh will bank on its long tail to outscore their opponents once again this season.
Jiwanjot Singh, Shashank Chandraker, Ashutosh Singh, Harpreet Singh (C), Amandeep Khare, Shashank Singh, Ajay Mandal, Lavin Coster (WK), Puneet Datey, Sumit Ruikar, Veer Pratap Singh
Shreyas Iyer is a must have in the side in spite of the Mumbai captain not justifying his talent so far in the competition. Along with him, Mumbai openers, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Aditya Tare are preferred. Both of them are the top runscorers for Mumbai this year and would love to lead from the front on Monday. Amandeep Khare, who scored a hundred against Mumbai earlier in the season, is also picked along with Jiwanjot Singh. Former Mumbai all-rounder, Shashank Singh is picked in the side while India A regular, Shivam Dube is sure to earn fantasy points with both bat and ball. While Dhawal Kulkarni and Shams Mulani are the two picks from Mumbai, Veer Pratap Singh should pick a wicket or two in this crucial encounter between Mumbai and Chhattisgarh.
1. Shreyas Iyer
2. Shams Mulani
3. Jiwanjot Singh
Dream XI & Points Projection:
A Tare, Points: 38-40, Grade: B
Y Jaiswal, Points: 46-48, Grade: A
A Khare, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
S Singh, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
J Singh, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
S Iyer, Points: 68-70, Grade: A
S Mulani, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
S Dube, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
A Mandal, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
D Kulkarni, Points: 32-34, Grade: B
V Pratap Singh, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
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