Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20: 1st Semi-final, Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Krishnappa Gowtham’s skill-set suits the pitch with the off-spinner bowling well in the previous game.

Shreyas Gopal
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Match Details:

The 1st semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20 between Karnataka and Chhattisgarh will be hosted by M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore

The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (IST) (3:30 AM GMT).


Preview for Dream11 Fantasy:

The home side, Karnataka faces surprise package, Chhattisgarh in the first semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Wednesday. Both sides had contrasting fortunes in the quarter-finals. While Karnataka put in a dominant performance against Pudducherry, the same cannot be said about Chhattisgarh. Staring at a huge defeat against Mumbai, the rain gods intervened to send them to the semi-finals on the basis of more league wins compared to the defending champions.

Although the dearth in quality between the two sides is evident on paper, Chhattisgarh is more than capable of putting up a good show. Their league win over Mumbai is a testament to their ability with Ashutosh Singh and Amandeep Khare starring for them this season.

However, they face a different proposition in Karnataka, which has lost only one game in the tournament so far. With the form of KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and young Devdutt Padikkal taken into account, Karnataka is the favourites heading into the game with a spot in the final beckoning for both sides.

Weather Condition/Report:

Rain is on the cards on Wednesday with thunderstorms expected in the city. There is a huge possibility of this game also being washed away with a cloud cover of more than 90%, according to AccuWeather. The temperatures will hover around 25 degrees Celsius during the course of the game.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The pitch has seen high-scoring games this year. Spin is expected to play a major role as the game progresses. With some swing also on offer early on, teams would be tempted to chase given the weather conditions as well.

Average first innings score: 270 (6 Vijay Hazare Trophy Games in 2019-20)

Record of chasing team: Won – 2, Lost – 4

Injury and Availability News:

Prasidh Krishna bowled only two overs in the quarter-final due to injury and could miss out.

Mayank Agarwal will join Karnataka team ahead of this game and will play this match.

Probable Playing XIs for Dream11 Fantasy


KL Rahul (WK), Devdutt Padikkal, Karun Nair/Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey (C), Rohan Kadam, Praveen Dubey, K Gowtham,  Abhimanyu Mithun, Shreyas Gopal, V Kousik, Ronit More

Bench: Abhishek Reddy, K Siddharth, Srinivas Sharath, Sharath BR, Prasidh Krishna, Mayank Agarwal/Karun Nair


Jiwanjot Singh, Shashank Chandraker, Ashutosh Singh, Harpreet Singh (C), Amandeep Khare, Shashank Singh,  Ajay Mandal, Lavin Coster (WK), Sumit Ruikar, Pankaj Rao, Puneet Datey

Bench: Veer Pratap Singh, Rishabh Tiwari, Manoj Singh, Shakeeb Ahmed, Shubham Singh

Top Picks:

KL Rahul’s record for Karnataka is note-worthy with the Indian international scoring 458 runs in nine innings. His opening partner, Devdutt Padikkal has also done well at the top of the Karnataka batting unit with 506 runs. Both of them are key to the home side’s fortunes and should be picked in your Dream11 Fantasy team.

Harpreet Singh Brar scored a brisk fifty against Mumbai in the quarter-final game. Although the match was washed out, his form bodes well for Chhattisgarh heading into this game.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – KL Rahul, Harpreet Brar, Devdutt Padikkal

Vice-Captain – V Kousik, Shashank Singh, Praveen Dubey

Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues for Dream11 Fantasy:

Keeper – KL Rahul (C)

Batsmen –Devdutt Padikkal (VC), Harpreet Singh, Amandeep Khare, Manish Pandey

All-Rounders – K Gowtham, Shashank Singh, Praveen Dubey

Bowlers – Abhimanyu Mithun, V Kousik, Ajay Mandal

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues for Dream11 Fantasy:

Keeper – KL Rahul (VC)

Batsmen – Karun Nair, Harpreet Singh (C), Ashutosh Singh, Devdutt Padikkal

All-Rounders – K Gowtham, Praveen Dubey, Shashank Singh

Bowlers – V Kousik, Pankaj Rao, Ajay Mandal


Expert Advice:

Krishnappa Gowtham’s skill-set suits the pitch with the off-spinner bowling well in the previous game. Available at 9 credits, Gowtham is an ideal pick for this game in your Dream11 Fantasy team.

Karnataka top-order batsmen have scored heavily this season with the selections of KL Rahul, Devdutt Padikkal and Manish Pandey being dependable ones against Chhattisgarh.

As of now, Dream11 hasn’t added Mayank Agarwal’s name in the list. If added, we will update the changed teams.

Probable Winners:

Karnataka is the clear favourites for this game.

*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.