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Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy 2018-19: Maharashtra vs Gujarat: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Parthiv Patel didn't feature in the game against Jharkhand.

Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi of Rajasthan Royals in action. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Gujarat and Bengal will face off in a crucial Group A game of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Super League round. If Gujarat losses this game, they are most likely to be knocked out from in this round itself. They began the Super League with a 1-run defeat against the Jharkhand team. Needing six runs to win from the last two deliveries, Chirag Gandhi missed a scoop on the penultimate delivery and could only edge the last ball to a four.

Earlier in the league stage, Chirag’s lone man effort against Tamil Nadu nearly won them the game. However, a run off a wide brought curtains to the game when Gujarat needed two more runs to win with nine wickets down. Jharkhand won both the matches they played in the Super League thus far. This means the team making it to the final from their group other than Jharkhand needs to finish with three wins. Maharashtra defeated Bengal by seven wickets on Saturday.

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Match Details:

The Group A Super League match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy 2018-19 between Maharashtra and Gujarat will be played at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.

The match will begin at 5:30 PM local time (IST) (12:00 PM GMT) and will be live on Star Sports First, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD. (Live Streaming on Hotstar).


List of broadcasted matches from the tournament March 8th:

Star Sports First, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD (Live Streaming on Hotstar):

Bengal vs Jharkhand and Gujarat vs Maharashtra.

Live Streaming on Hotstar:

Karnataka vs Delhi and Vidarbha vs Uttar Pradesh.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Holkar Stadium has been far away from its reputation of being one of the best T20 venues. The Super League games have been utterly disappointing as Delhi were bowled out for only 83 and Mumbai made 97/9 on day 1. Scores were slightly improved on Saturday with teams batting first making 130+.

Average first innings score: 116.5 (Last four T20 matches)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1

Probable XIs:

Maharashtra:

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi (C), Rohit Motwani, Naushad Shaikh, Ankit Bawne, Nikhil Naik (wk), Divyang Himganekar, Satyajeet Bachhav, Domnic Muthuswami, Samad Fallah, Azim Kazi.

Bench: Vijay Zol, Swapnil Gugale, Vishal Gite, Hitesh Walunj, Yash Nahar, Manoj Ingale.


Gujarat:

Priyank Panchal (C), Dhruv Raval (WK), Piyush Tanwar, Karan Patel, Chirag Gandhi, Axar Patel, Piyush Chawla, Arzan Nagwaswalla, Hemang Patel, Yash Gardharia, Manish Sharma.

Bench: Parthiv Patel, Roosh Kalaria, Hardik Patel, Kavish Panchal, Hiten Mehra, Dhruv Patel, Urvil Patel, Kshitij Patel, Jayveer Parmar, Tejas Patel.

Injury and Availability Updates:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Power Picks:

Ruturaj Gaikwad is well known for his record in the 50-overs format but now has shown the same consistency in the T20s. The 22-year-old is the leading run-getter for Maharastra in this tournament with 254 runs at an average of 42.33. Gaikwad has six 20+ scores among those eight innings and is expected to continue his tempo.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain options – Axar Patel, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Priyank Panchal

Vice-captain options – Divyang Himganekar, Satyajeet Bachhav, Chirag Gandhi, Piyush Chawla


Suggested Playing XI #1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Nikhil Naik

Batters – Chirag Gandhi, Priyank Panchal (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi (VC)

All-Rounders – Axar Patel, Karan Patel, Piyush Chawla

Bowlers – Divyang Himganekar, Satyajeet Bachhav, Arzan Nagwaswalla

Suggested Playing XI #2 for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Dhruv Raval

Batters – Chirag Gandhi, Priyank Panchal, Ruturaj Gaikwad (C), Rahul Tripathi

All-Rounders – Axar Patel (VC), Karan Patel, Naushad Shaikh

Bowlers – Divyang Himganekar, Samad Fallah, Arzan Nagwaswalla


Expert Advice:

It will be better to pick the team after the toss given the uncertainty with the keepers. Parthiv Patel missed the first Super League game and Dhruv Raval opened the innings in his place. Only one of the two will be playing and Parthiv’s availability will decide it.

Probable Winners:

The inform Maharashtra team will be high on confidence compared to Gujarat after their respective first matches in this round.

*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.

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