Saurashtra Premier League 2019, Final: Zalawad Royals vs Sorath Lions, Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details
The Royals will be a bit tired with Tuesday's thriller of a contest, but they will be a threat to reckon with.
Updated - May 22, 2019 10:55 am
The Saurashtra Premier League (SPL) couldn’t have asked for a better start to its journey. The first ever season went all the way down to the final over of the final group game to see who enters the final and eventually, the Zalawad Royals edged out Kutch Warriors to find a place in the final on Wednesday against the Sorath Lions.
Both Lions and the Royals registered three wins in their respective four matches. The experience of Cheteshwar Pujara and Sheldon Jackson has come in very handy for Zalawad in the last couple of games and we might once again see the duo getting some crucial runs. They will be a bit tired with Tuesday’s thriller of a contest, but they will be a threat to reckon with.
Sorath Lions had a good amount of time to rest when compared to their opponents but as history suggests, not all the time these extra breaks have created a clear edge for one side. Skippers of both sides will be wanting to bat first in a pressure game and put the runs on the board.
Pitch and weather report
Not a lot of runs can be scored on this deck after it saw so many games in the last week or so. It has gotten slower and a low-scoring finale could be on cards at Rajkot. The weather will remain similar to what it did in the last two or three days and since there will not be a lot of wind flowing around, it might get difficult for fast bowlers to find lateral movement.
Himaya Barad has been their highest-run scorer this season and skipper Sagar Jogiyani will make him bat as many deliveries as possible at the top. Chirag Jani, Divyaraj Chauhan and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja will be handy in the middle order. Their bowling has been heavily dependent on Jadeja and Chirag Jani this season and they need the likes of Chetan Sakariya and Bhavyesh Donga to take more responsibility.
Chirag Jani, Sagar Jogiyani (c & wk), Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Himalaya Barad, Divyaraj Chauhan, Chetan Sakariya, Tarang Gohel, Aryandev Jhala, Kevin Jivrajani, Prabhu Sindhav, Bhavyesh Donga
Sheldon Jackson and Cheteshwar Pujara will continue to open for the Royals with Samarth Vyas coming in at number three. Prerak Mankad has chipped in with crucial contributions in the middle order and the franchise will be hoping for a good show from him again. Sunil Yadav and Jay Chauhan have been brilliant for them in recent games and these spinners will once again hold the key. Devang Karamta and Kishan Kugasiya will be taking the new ball.
Sheldon Jackson (wk), Cheteshwar Pujara (c), Samarth Vyas, Jay Chauhan, Prerak Mankad, Jyot Chhaya, Tarang Chhatrola, Sunil Yadav, Devang Karamta, Kishan Kugasiya, Karan Patel
Probable Top Performer
Chirag Jani – Sorath Lions | Sunil Yadav – Zalawad Royals
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The prediction is for the Zalawad Royals to win the title.