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

Washington Sundar is averaging 61.75 with the bat in this tournament

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The Final match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20 will be played between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat.

The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (IST) (1:30 PM GMT).

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Preview:

For the 2nd time inside 45 days, Karnataka will face Tamil Nadu in the final of a domestic competition. Both the teams won their respective semi-finals by comfortable margins. Interestingly, both the sides were part of Group B in the Super League stage. Karnataka, who gained an edge over Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final, handed a similar thrashing in the Super League match.

Karnataka, also the defending champions of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, are boosted with a top three of KL Rahul, Devdutt Padikkal and Mayank Agarwal. Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, strengthened their line-up of spinners. Ravi Ashwin and Washington Sundar give the backing to inform M Siddharth, R Sai Kishore and Murugan Ashwin.


Weather Condition/Report:

The Surat weather has been pleasant in this tournament and is unlikely to interrupt the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The average scores and the record for this venue in Surat are mostly irrelevant. The Lalabhai Contractor Stadium has provided two types of tracks – One made of red soil and the other with black. The red soil track has been extremely tough for the batsmen at times and even totals of 100 became tough. The black soil tracks have been totally opposite.

The game between Punjab and Mumbai witness the highest aggregate in an SMA T20 match. On Friday, Karnataka comfortably chased down 195 against a quality attack of Haryana with five overs to spare. The final could be on a similar track but is expected to be a little slower.

Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added when there is an update)


Probable Playing XIs:

Karnataka:

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

Bench: V Koushik/Praveen Dubey, Pavan Deshpande, Ravikumar Samarth, Jagadeesha Suchith.

Tamil Nadu:

Hari Nishanth, Shahrukh Khan, Washington Sundar, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Baba Aparajith, Vijay Shankar, M Siddharth, Ravichandran Ashwin, R Sai Kishore, Murugan Ashwin/G Periyaswamy, T Natarajan.

Bench: Jagatheesan Kousik, Murugan Ashwin/G Periyaswamy, M Mohammed, N Jagadeesan, G Periyaswamy.


Top Picks:

Other than the formidable top three, the two crucial names in the Karnataka line-up who are crucial in the fantasy team are Shreyas Gopal who has 18 wickets in the tournament and Abhimanyu Mithun who is fresh of a 5-wicket over. Ravichandran Ashwin is likely to hold the key for Tamil Nadu if he gets promoted to open the innings again.

Washington Sundar is averaging 61.75 with the bat and has the 2nd best strike rate for Tamil Nadu in the tournament among the players with 100+ runs. R Sai Kishore has been brilliant in the tournament with 20 wickets to his name in 11 matches where he conceded runs at an economy rate of 4.63 only.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Lokesh Rahul, Devdutt Padikkal, Mayank Agarwal

Vice-Captain – Washington Sundar, Hari Nishanth, Ravichandran Ashwin


Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – KL Rahul (C)

Batsmen – Devdutt Padikkal (VC), Mayank Agarwal, Baba Aparajith, Hari Nishanth

All-Rounders – Ravichandran Ashwin, Vijay Shankar, Washington Sundar

Bowlers – Shreyas Gopal, Abhimanyu Mithun, M Siddharth

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – KL Rahul

Batsmen – Mayank Agarwal (C), Baba Aparajith, Devdutt Padikkal

All-Rounders – Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar (VC), Krishnappa Gowtham

Bowlers – Ronit More, Shreyas Gopal, M Siddharth, T Natarajan


Expert Advice:

Devdutt Padikkal has been brilliant against spin and Mayank Agarwal’s ability against the same does not need an introduction. There is a great possibility of the duo getting around 15 overs of spin and medium-pace considering Tamil Nadu’s tactics against Rajasthan. KL Rahul could also be seen making merry of this favourable attack.

Moreover, he has scored 50+ in all knockouts for Karnataka this season. However, the impact of Devdutt and Mayank could be having in this match is higher compared to that of Rahul. If one of the openers fails, Tamil Nadu could face the trashing from Mayank who has put up best knocks in the knockouts. All the above is an assumption of the surface being good for batting.

Probable Winners:

Tamil Nadu would need a miracle to get better of Karnataka in the current form.

*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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