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Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20: Round 4, Elite Group A & B, Maharashtra vs Vidarbha: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Maharashtra’s batting has been completely out of sorts in this season.

Faiz Fazal
Faiz Fazal. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The Round 04 match of the Elite Group A and B in the 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy will be played between Maharashtra and Vidarbha at the Gujarat State Fertilizer Corporation Ground in Vadodara.

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

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We said in Maharashtra’s previous game against Punjab how their top-order needed to step-up after a prolonged period of underperformance in this season. Wednesday’s game was another addition to the list of underwhelming returns from the top-order. Only two of their batsmen- Ruturaj Gaikwad (14) and Naushad Shaikh (22)- managing to get past the double digits.

The entire team was bowled out for 65 in 27.2 against the pace and relentlessness of Punjab’s bowling attack. Vidarbha, on the other hand, redeemed their fledgeling campaign somewhat courtesy a seven-wicket win over Baroda when they bowled them out for 131 courtesy Akshay Wakhare 4-22.

Weather Report

Another bright and sunny day is expected in Vadodara. As per the weather report, the humidity is expected to be around 45% while the temperatures will hover between 24-32 degrees celsius.


Pitch Condition/Report

The pitch at Gujarat State Fertilizer Corporation Ground has taken a lot of rain in the past month. And, it has reflected in the scores that teams have achieved here. We have thus far seen five sub-200 totals in the completed fixtures at the venue. The last time Vidarbha played here, they bowled Baroda out for 131.

Average first innings score: 185 (In 6 VHT ODD  matches at the venue)

Record of the chasing teams: Won – 3; Lost – 3

Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added once there is an update)

Probable Playing XIs for Dream11 Fantasy

Maharashtra

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Ankit Bawne, Kedar Jadhav (c), Azim Kazi, Naushad Shaikh, Nikhil Naik (wk),  Shamshuzama Kazi, Satyajeet Bachhav, Samad Fallah, Nikit Dhumal

Bench – Divyang Himganekar, Avdhoot Dandekar, Swapnil Gugale, Yash Nahar, Mukesh Choudhary

Vidarbha

Faiz Fazal (C), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Apoorv Wankhade, Atharwa Taide, Akshay Wakhare, Aditya Sarwate, Akshay Wadkar, Ganesh Satish, Akshay Karnewar, Rajneesh Gurbani, Yash Thakur.

Bench – Sanjay Raghunath, Rushabh Rathod, Wasim Jaffer, Darshan Nalkande


Top Picks:

Maharashtra’s batting has been abysmal thus far in this tournament. And, it was testified to the hilt in their last game when they were bowled out for a mere 65. Only two batsmen- Ruturaj Gaikwad and Naushad Shaikh- notched up double-digit scores. Against the likes of Akshay Wakhare (4-22), Rajneesh Gurbani (2-16), the onus will once again be on them to lead the batting unit from the front.

Vidarbha’s batting unit will once again be spearheaded by Faiz Fazal (58), Jitesh Sharma (37) and Apoorv Wankhade who should be picked in your Dream11 Fantasy team.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options: Faiz Fazal, Ankit Bawne, Akshay Wakhare

Vice-Captain Options: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Naushad Shaikh, Rajneesh Gurbani, Jitesh Sharma

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Dream11 Fantasy:

Keeper – Jitesh Sharma

Batters – Faiz Fazal (C), Apoorv Wankhade, Ganesh Satish, Naushad Shaikh, Ruturaj Gaikwad

All-Rounders – Akshay Karnewar, Shamshuzama Kazi

Bowlers – Akshay Wakhare (VC), Satyajeet Bachhav, Rajneesh Gurbani

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Dream11 Fantasy:

Keeper – Jitesh Sharma

Batters – Faiz Fazal,  Ganesh Satish, Atharwa Taide, Naushad Shaikh, Ankit Bawne

All-Rounders – Akshay Karnewar, Kedar Jadhav

Bowlers – Yash Thakur, Aditya Sarwate, Azim Kazi


Expert Advice:

Maharashtra’s batting has been completely out of sorts in this season. Vidarbha’s bowlers are coming off a good outing against Baroda. It will be a battle between their bowling and Mahrashtra’s batting. Thus, picking more batters from Vidarbha or making one of their bowlers as captain/vice-captain will be a good punt.

Probable Winners:

With Maharashtra coming off a shellacking and Vidarbha off an imperious win, the latter will start as favourites.

*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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