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

With the new ball expected to yield a few wickets in the powerplay overs, middle-order batsmen such as Kedar Jadhav and Krunal Pandya are a safer bet.

Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Match Details:

The Round 4 game of the Vijay Hazare trophy 2019-20 to be played between Maharashtra and Baroda will be hosted by Darshanam Sports and Education Academy, Vadodara

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

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

Preview:

Heading into Round 4, both Baroda and Maharashtra’s fixtures have been washed out. While Baroda did manage to spend some time with the bat against UP, Maharashtra is still waiting to take the field this year. Maharashtra had a good year in 2018-19 as they managed to qualify for the quarterfinals, where they succumbed to a young Jharkhand side. Baroda also gave a good account of themselves although they did miss out on qualification by a whisker.

Maharashtra has experienced a resurgence in recent years with the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi and Kedar Jadhav revelling for them. Baroda also boasts of some explosive players in their side, capable of competing against any team in the competition.

The last time these two teams faced off against each another, Maharashtra registered a comfortable five-wicket win. Baroda will bank on the all-round duo of Deepak Hooda and Krunal Pandya, who also leads the side this year.

Weather Condition/Report:

Just like the previous games in Vadodara, rain should play spoilsport once again. Thunderstorms are expected on Saturday with a cloud cover of 99% at the start of the game, according to AccuWeather. Chances of any action on the cricket field look very bleak.


Pitch Condition/Report:

Although there haven’t been any matches played at this venue, run-scoring should be relatively easier for both sets of batsmen. Vadodara has experienced persistent rains throughout the week which could play against the batsmen with extra help for the bowlers to exploit.

Average first innings score: NA

Record of chasing teams: NA

Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Probable Playing XIs:

Maharashtra:

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Ankit Bawne, Naushad Shaikh, Kedar Jadhav (C), Avdhoot Dandekar (WK), Divyang Himganekar, Samad Fallah, Satyajeet Bachhav, Azim Kazi and Nikit Dhumal

Bench: S Kazi, Mukesh Choudhary, Yash Nahar, Swapnil Gugale

Baroda:

Kedar Devdhar, Mitesh Patel (WK), Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Krunal Pandya (C), Vishnu Solanki, Swapnil Singh, Rishi Arothe, Lukman Meriwala, Aditya Waghmode, Babashafi Pathan

Bench: Soyeb Soparia, Sukrit Pandey, Ninad Rathva, Abhimanyu Rajput


Top Picks:

Ruturaj Gaikwad has been one of the standout players for India A. In 11 innings this year for India A, he has scored 689 runs with a highest of 187 against Sri Lanka. Satyajeet Bachhav and Samad Fallah picked fifteen wickets each last season with their performances leading Maharashtra to a quarter-final finish.

Krunal Pandya has grown in leaps and bounds since the last Vijay Hazare tournament with a couple of man of the match performances for India in the T20 format. Rishi Arothe has a career average of 26.90 with the ball and was one of the standout bowlers in the white-ball formats for Baroda last season.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Krunal Pandya, Kedaar Jadhav

Vice-Captain – Deepak Hooda, Rishi Arothe and Satyajeet Bachhav

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s record at the top of the order for Maharashtra stands out with big runs expected from him against Baroda.

Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper –Mitesh Patel

Batsmen –Ankit Bawne, Ruturaj Gaikwad (C), Aditya Waghmode

All-Rounders – Krunal Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Hooda, Swapnil Singh

Bowlers – Rishi Arothe(VC), Samad Fallah, Satyajeet Bachhav

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Mitesh Patel

Batsmen – Vishnu Solanki, Ankit Bawne, Ruturaj Gaikwad (VC)

All-Rounders –Krunal Pandya (C), Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Hooda

Bowlers – Lukman Meriwala, Rishi Arothe, Samad Fallah and Satyajeet Bachhav

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Expert Advice:

Overcast conditions should provide extra help for the pacers, who should be able to swing the ball early on and pick a wicket or two.

With the new ball expected to yield a few wickets in the powerplay overs, middle-order batsmen such as Kedar Jadhav and Krunal Pandya are a safer bet.

Probable Winners:

Maharashtra’s strength and depth in batting stand out which makes them favourites for this game against Baroda.

*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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