Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20: Round 1, Elite Group B, Delhi vs Vidarbha, Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Nitish Rana is a consistent performer for Delhi and has a knack of scoring big runs early in a tournament

Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The Round 1 game of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019 between Delhi and Vidarbha will be hosted by Darshanam Sports and Education Academy, Vadodara

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


This game will be live on Star Sports. Streaming available on Hotstar


Delhi and Vidarbha face off in the first round of fixture of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019 on Tuesday. Both teams are among the early favourites to win the entire competition with the likes of Nitish Rana and Umesh Yadav featuring for Delhi and Vidarbha respectively.

With Gautam Gambhir retiring from all forms of cricket, the onus now falls upon Rana and Shorey, who have been the mainstays of the Delhi batting unit for a while now. They face a stern test in the form of the Ranji Trophy champions with the experience of Wasim Jaffer being well complemented by the youth and exuberance of Atharwa Taide and Darshan Nalkande. All in all, a highly competitive game between the two sides beckons.

Weather Condition/Report:

Rain could play spoilsport for this game with the chances of this match completing being bleak. A cloud cover humidity of 84%, as per AccuWeather, is predicted at the start of the match with the temperature ranging from 28-30 degrees over the course of the game.

Pitch Condition/Report:

Lots of runs are on offer at this ground with the teams winning the toss most likely to chase here. The relatively smaller dimensions of the ground go against the spinners although they should extract some turn from the surface.

Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Probable Playing XIs:


Hiten Dalal, Anuj Rawat (WK), Dhruv Shorey (C), Nitish Rana, Himmat Singh, Pawan Negi, Lalit Yadav, Manan Sharma, Kulwant Khejroliya, Vikas Tokas, Subodh Bhati

Bench: Tejas Baroka, Kunal Chandela and Kunwar Bidhuri


Wasim Jaffer (C), Jitesh Sharma (WK), Ganesh Satish, Sanjay Ramaswamy, Atharwa Taide, Apoorv Wankhede, Akshay Karnewar, Akshay Wakhare, Umesh Yadav, Shrikant Wagh and Darshan Nalkande

Bench: Rushabh Rathod, Akshay Wadkar and Yash Thakur

Top Picks:

Nitish Rana is a consistent performer for Delhi and has a knack of scoring big runs early in a tournament. Along with his off-spin, the south-paw holds the key for Delhi’s fortunes against the reigning Ranji Trophy champions, Vidarbha.

Another Delhi batsman who is due for a big knock is Dhruv Shorey. Shorey averages nearly 35 in List A cricket with nine fifties and one hundred also to his name.

The highest wicket-taker for India in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, Umesh Yadav is on a comeback trail. His lethal pace and swing spells doom for the Delhi batsmen and is one to watch out for with the ball in hand.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Nitish Rana, Dhruv Shorey, Umesh Yadav

Vice-Captain – Sanjay Raghunath, Pawan Negi and Atharwa Taide

Although both Shorey and Rana are equally capable of winning Delhi the game on their own, Rana’s additional off-spin makes him a better option than the latter.

Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper –Jitesh Sharma

Batsmen –Nitish Rana (C), Dhruv Shorey (VC), Atharwa Taide, Sanjay Ramaswamy

All-Rounders – Pawan Negi, Akshay Karnewar, Lalit Yadav

Bowlers – Umesh Yadav, Akshay Wakhare, Kulwant Khejroliya

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Anuj Rawat

Batsmen – Hiten Dalal, Nitish Rana (C), Sanjay Ramaswamy, Wasim Jaffer

All-Rounders –Pawan Negi, Lalit Yadav, Akshay Karnewar

Bowlers – Umesh Yadav (VC), Kulwant Khejroliya, Akshay Wakhare

Expert Advice:

Expect middle-order batsmen such as Nitish Rana to score big runs with quality of new ball bowlers on either side taken into consideration.

Similarly, the new ball bowlers will also get some swing upfront which Umesh Yadav and Kulwant Khejroliya should make use and pick a wicket or two.

Probable Winners:

Although both sides are evenly matched on paper, Delhi’s depth in batting should help them sneak past Vidarbha.

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.