Tamil Nadu have been absolutely flawless in the tournament so far, with nine victories from nine matches and hence have bagged 36 points in the competition. They have undoubtedly been the side amongst all who took part in the group stages. In this run of form, it looks really difficult to upstage them in the knockouts. However, Punjab have win five games out of the eight that they played in, lost twice whilst one of their games failed to produce any result. The team from South would start as the favorites but one can never rule out a stiff challenge from Punjab.
Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
October 21st, 2019
9:00 AM IST
22% chances of isolated thunderstorms with the temperature ranging around 22 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the game.
The track on offer at Chinnaswamy would be an absolute beauty to bat on for the batsmen, with shorter boundaries ensuring the runs are scoring aplenty against the spinners in the middle overs as well.
Predicted Playing XI:
Abhishek Sharma and Mandeep Singh would have to shoulder the majority of the responsibility at the top order for Punjab whilst Gurkeerat Singh Mann remains to be their most accomplished batsman. They boast of a laudable bowling attack with the presence of the likes of Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma and Mayank Markande.
Abhishek Sharma, Sanvir Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh (C), Sharad Lumba, Gurkeerat Singh, Karan Kaila, Anmol Malhotra (WK), Mayank Markande, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Tamil Nadu boast of one of the most formidable batting lineups, with the duo of Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund opening the batting whilst the likes of Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik adding further quality and experience in the order later on. Washington Sundar and Murugan Ashwin’s spin bowling would be vital as well.
Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Shahrukh Khan, Baba Aparajith, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Murugan Ashwin, M Mohammed, R Sai Kishore
Murali Vijay was in a stunning form against Gujarat in Tamil Nadu’s previous match as he scored 94 runs in 106 deliveries at the top, which included eight boundaries and two sixes. M Mohammed scalped three wickets for them in that match too, conceding merely 20 runs in five overs. Sandeep Sharma was in extremely fine form for Punjab when they turned up against Maharashtra as well, as he notched four dismissals and broke the back of Maharashtra’s batting order to reduce them to a partly total of 65 runs eventually. He should be drafted in the Dream XI side on account of current form as such. Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and Gurkeerat Singh Mann would be the other key players who can have a massive impact upon tomorrow’s game and hence should be a part of the fantasy team.
1: Dinesh Karthik
2: Murali Vijay
3: Gurkeerat Singh Mann
Dream XI & P0ints Projection:
D Karthik, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
B Aparajith, Points: 74-76, Grade: A
M Vijay, Points: 100-102, Grade: A
A Singh, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
S Lumba, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
S Khan, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
V Shankar, Points: 90-92, Grade: A
G S Mann, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
S Kaul, Points: 46-48, Grade: A
S Sharma, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
M Mohammed, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
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