India A vs Sri Lanka A, 2019: 2nd Unofficial Test: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

India A vs Sri Lanka A, 2019: 2nd Unofficial Test: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Rahul Chahar bagged 4-wicket hauls in both innings of the first Test.

Abhimanyu Easwaran
Abhimanyu Easwaran. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The word “thumping” wouldn’t suffice to describe the way India A outclassed Sri Lanka A in the first of the 2-match unofficial Test match series. Big hundreds from openers Abhimanyu Easwaran (233) and Priyank Panchal (160) helped India A record their 2nd biggest stand in unofficial Tests of 352 for any wicket. They finished with their highest FC total of 622/5 as Anmolpreet Singh (116) and Siddhesh Lad (76) added 147 for the 5th wicket.

Sri Lanka A were bundled out for 232 in their first innings and were made to follow-on by the hosts. Niroshan Dickwella’s 113-ball 103 that included 15 fours came to the Sri Lankan team’s rescue. The visitors were off to a worse start in the second essay as they were three down for four runs. No batter scored a fifty as they got bundled out for 185 to lose the game by innings and 205 runs. Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar claimed two 4-wicket hauls in the game.

Match Details:

The second and final game of the 2-match Unofficial Test series between India A and Sri Lanka A will be hosted by Union Nehru Stadium in Hubli.

The match starts at 9:30 AM local (IST) time (4:00 AM GMT).

Pitch Condition/Report:

This series between India A and Sri Lanka A has given a chance to some of the archived venues in Karnataka to host first-class matches. While the Union Gymkhana Ground in Belagavi hosted an FC game for the first time in 19 years, the Nehru Stadium in Hubli will host its first since 1992.

The venue was used for three Ranji Trophy matches in 1972, 1976 and 1992 respectively. The three fixtures will hardly help in judging the tracks as the first game resulting in an innings win for the hosts, the second match turned out to be a pale draw while the last one got called off on the 2nd day due to curfew in the city.

Probable Playing XIs:

India A:

Priyank Panchal (C), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Ricky Bhui, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Shivam Dube, KS Bharat (WK), Rahul Chahar, Aditya Sarwate, Sandeep Warrier, Ankit Rajpoot.

Bench – Jayant Yadav, Ishan Porel.

Sri Lanka A:

Sadeera Samarawickrama, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Priyamal Perera, Ashan Priyanjan (C) , Niroshan Dickwella, Kamindu Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan.

Bench – Sangeeth Cooray, Lahiru Kumara, Chamika Karunaratne.

Team News:

Rinku Singh has been suspended for three months by the BCCI for participating in an unauthorized T20 tournament in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.

Power Picks:

Abhimanyu Easwaran has maintained godly form in 2019 as he averages 162.4 across five first-class matches this year. The opening batsman from Bengal scored 812 runs in seven innings with four centuries including two double tons.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

After how Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal fared in the first match, it will be a no-brainer to make them captain and vice-captain. They are averaging 162.4 and 84.66 in the first-class matches in 2019.

Other Captain/Vice-Captain Options – Shivam Dube, Rahul Chahar, Ashan Priyanjan, Niroshan Dickwella, Sadeera Samarawickrama.

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella

Batsmen – Priyank Panchal (C), Abhimanyu Easwaran (VC), Siddhesh Lad

All-Rounders – Ashan Priyanjan, Shivam Dube, Kamindu Mendis

Bowlers – Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Warrier, Vishwa Fernando

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella

Batsmen – Ricky Bhui, Anmolpreet Singh, Priyank Panchal (VC)

All-Rounders – Ashan Priyanjan, Aditya Sarwate

Bowlers – Rahul Chahar (C), Ankit Rajpoot, Akila Dananjaya, Vishwa Fernando

Expert Advice:

India A might bring in Aditya Sarwate in place of another all-rounder Jayant Yadav. During the first game, Jayant picked four wickets but was quite expensive. Sri Lanka A is expected to make quite a few changes after a heavy beating they received in the first match.

Probable Winners:

India A is expected to clinch this unofficial Test series with yet another thumping victory.

*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.