Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20: 1st Semi-Final, Karnataka vs Haryana, – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20: 1st Semi-Final, Karnataka vs Haryana, – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Karnataka is favourites to win the first semi-final and reserve their spot in the finals.

Manish Pandey and KL Rahul
Manish Pandey and KL Rahul. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The 1st semi-final of the 2019-20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will be played between Karnataka and Haryana at Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat.

The match starts at 02:30 PM IST (9:00 AM GMT). This game will be live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD. Live streaming available on Hotstar.


Karnataka and Haryana will lock horns in the first semi-final and it is expected to be enthralling encounter. Haryana gave some convincing performances during the Super League stage of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. They ended up being the table toppers with 12 points in their respective group. However, they lost a close game by two runs against Maharashtra in their previous outing.

With the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel and Amit Mishra, Haryana boasts of a strong bowling line up and they will play an important role in the semi-final.  One place where Harayana needs to work on is their batting line up. They will have to fill the voids ahead of their clash against Karnataka. Only Harshal Patel has given some convincing performances for his side in the ongoing tournament. 

For Karnataka, their seven games winning streak came to an end against Mumbai. But, it couldn’t stop them from qualifying into the further stage of the tournament. They are the favourites to win the game against Haryana because their team has been in form throughout the tournament.

In batting they KL Rahul, Devdutt Paddikal, Manish Pandey and Karun Nair, who will play an important role in terms of piling runs in the semis. Also, their bowling looks settled with the likes of Abhimanyu Mithun, Shreyas Gopal and Ronit More.

Weather Report

It will be a perfect sunny day for cricket with no chance of rain. The temperature throughout the matchday is expected to deviate between 34 and 36 Degree Celsius.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The pitch at Lalabhai Stadium is expected to go in favour of the batsmen. In the previous game played at the same venue, Mumbai and Punjab managed to score a total of 464 runs in 40 overs.

However, the spinners might get some help in the second half of the game. As per stats, the team winning the toss will look to bat first because the teams have found it difficult to chase. 

Average first innings score at this venue: 175 (Last seven matches of the season)

Record of chasing teams- Won: 2, Lost: 5

Injury and Availability News:

(Will be updated when there is any news)

Probable Playing XIs:


Lokesh Rahul (wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Manish Pandey (c), Karun Nair, Rohan Kadam, Pavan Deshpande, Krishnappa Gowtham/V Koushik, Praveen Dubey, Abhimanyu Mithun, Shreyas Gopal, Ronit More

Bench: Aniruddha Joshi, Ravikumar Samarth, Jagadeesha Suchith, V Koushik/Krishnappa Gowtham, Prateek Jain, Nihal Ullal, Luvnith Sisodia


Chaitanya Bishnoi, Harshal Patel, Shivam Chauhan, Himanshu Rana, Sumit Kumar, Jitesh Saroha(WK), Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra (C), Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Hooda

Bench – Pramod Chandila, Guntashveer Singh, Prashant Kumar, Arun Chaprana, Treyaksh Bali, Ankit Kumar, Rohit Parmod Sharma(WK), Yashu Sharma, Vipin Kumar, Ravi Balhara

Top Picks

KL Rahul and Devdutt Paddikal are playing in red hot form in the ongoing tournament. They will play an important role in any Dream11 Fantasy side. Harshal Patel is the 2nd leading wicket-taker in the ongoing tournament. He has grabbed as many as 18 wickets in 11 games as well as he can also contribute with the bat. So, he will be an important player to watch out in the first semi-final.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection-

Captain Options – KL Rahul, Devdutt Padikkal, Shreyas Gopal

Vice-Captain Options – R Tewatia, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – KL Rahul, Jitesh Saroha

Batters – Chaitanya Bishnoi, Shivam Chauhan, Karun Nair, Devdutt Padikkal (C)

All-Rounders – Harshal Patel, Rahul Tewatia

Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal (VC), Ronit More, Shreyas Gopal

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – KL Rahul (C)

Batters – Shivam Chauhan, Manish Pandey, Rohan Kadam, Devdutt Padikkal

All-Rounders – Harshal Patel (VC), S Kumar

Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Hooda, Ronit More, V Koushik


Expert Advice:

Yuzvendra Chahal is still due to give a breakthrough performance with the ball. He never looked effective in the ongoing tournament. However, he will be a risky pick looking forward to his form but will be worth for any Grand League side.

Probable Winners:

Karnataka is favourites to win the first semi-final and reserve their spot in the finals.

*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.