Karnataka have been in a sublime run of form in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, having secured five victories from six matches with a recent thumping win against heavyweights Mumbai in their most recent encounter. Saurashtra, on the other hand, have endured a pretty rocky ride so far in the competition. They have gained eight points through two victories from six games, but ended up defeated in the other four, which means that they are way too down in the points table as compared to Karnataka who are atop right now.
Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20
Karnataka vs Saurashtra
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
October 11th, 2019
9:00 AM IST
Mostly cloudy weather with 12% chances of rain and the temperature ranging around 21 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the game.
The track would be an absolute beauty to bat on, with the ball nicely coming onto the bat at an even bounce and the conditions staying the same throughout the course of the innings.
Predicted Playing XI:
Karnataka have a well-equipped XI, powered by the presence of KL Rahul who has been in sort of a sublime form in recent times. He along with Karun Nair and Manish Pandey strengthen their batting order that is ably backed by the likes of Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Abhimanyu Mithun and Prasidh Krishna in the lower-order.
KL Rahul, Devdutt Padikkal, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey (C), Rohan Kadam, Sharath BR (WK), K Gowtham, Abhimanyu Mithun, Shreyas Gopal, Ronit More, Prasidh Krishna
Sheldon Jackson would be banked upon to play the length of the innings, supported by the likes of Aarpit Vasavada and Vishavraj Jadeja later on. Jaydev Unadkat would have to lead upfront in the bowling attack and be proactive with his captaincy as well.
Harvik Desai (WK), Sheldon Jackson, Aarpit Vasavada, Chirag Jani, Samarth Vyas, Kamlesh Makvana, Vishavraj Jadeja, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jaydev Unadkat (C), Prerak Mankad. Agnivesh Ayachi
KL Rahul has been in a sensational run of form in the tournament so far, racking up 336 runs in total that included a knock of 52 runs in their previous match against Mumbai. Manish Pandey scored 62 runs as well, and has overall notched 404 of them in the competition. Both of them are hence mandatory picks in the Dream XI side. Krishnappa Gowtham can be an extremely valuable player to possess in the lower-middle order. In the last game itself, he scored a quickfire 22 runs and then scalped three dismissals. His all-round abilities could be extremely helpful in terms of attaining fantasy points. Abhimanyu Mithun notched three wickets as well, and hence he should get a look-in this XI too, considering his good run of form in recent times.
1: KL Rahul
2: K Gowtham
3: S Jackson
Dream XI & Points Projection:
S Jackson, Points: 40-42, Grade: B
A Vasavada, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
D Padikkal, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
M Pandey, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
KL Rahul, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
K Gowtham, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
P Mankad, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
A Mithun, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
S Gopal, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
J Unadkat, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
D Jadeja, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
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