Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20: Round 8, Elite Group A & B, Delhi vs Uttar Pradesh, Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Both sides boast of a strong top-order. Hence, picking more top-order batsmen is a prudent punt.

Nitish Rana
Nitish Rana of Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo by: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Match Details:

The Round 09 Elite Group A and B game will take place between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh at the Moti Bagh Stadium in Vadodara.

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


Match Preview:

We are slowly moving towards the business end of the 2019-20 Vijay-Hazare season. This season has all been about inclement weather and the subsequent wet outfields resulting in a plethora of matches getting washed out. The two teams- Delhi and UP- in contention tomorrow has had almost ever game getting abandoned due to rain.

While Delhi played its first game (against Baroda) after four consecutive washouts, Uttar Pradesh is finally playing their first match of the season against Baroda at the time of writing after having seen six damp squibs on the bounce. In the only game that Delhi has featured in, the Dhruv Shorey-led unit proved why they have been perennial heavyweights and last seasons runners-up in this format of the game.

Despite Krunal Pandya’s 4-34 and the subsequent batting collapse that saw them get bowled out for 148 in 37.4 overs, their bowlers responded with equal venom and led by Navdeep Saini 3-24 helped Delhi escape with a 10-run win.

Weather Condition/Report:

For a change, it is expected to be a bright and sunny day at Vadodara. With the chances of rain under 10 percent and the temperatures hovering between 28-35 degrees, we should see a full game tomorrow.

Pitch Condition/Report:

With the pitch taking a considerable amount of rain in the past few weeks, the track might be a bit sluggish, and shot-making can prove to be difficult.

Average first innings score: NA

Records of chasing teams: NA

Injury and Availability News:

(Will be shared when there’s an update)

Probable Playing XIs:


Shikhar Dhawan, Hiten Dalal, Dhruv Shorey (C), Nitish Rana, Anuj Rawat (WK), Himmat Singh, Pawan Negi, Manan Sharma, Kulwant Khejroliya, Navdeep Saini, Subodh Bhati

Bench: Tejas Baroka, Kunal Chandela, Kunwar Bidhuri, Rishabh Pant, Vikas Tokas, Simarjeet Singh, Lalit Yadav

Uttar Pradesh:

Priyam Garg, Ankit Chowdhary, Upendra Yadav (WK), Samarth Singh (C), Rinku Singh, Akshdeep Nath, Saurabh Kumar, Mohit Jangra, Aryan Juyal, Shivam Mavi, Ankit Rajpoot

Bench: Shanu Saini, Abhishek Goswami, Umang Sharma, Almas Shaukat, Mohsin Kjan

Top Picks:

Delhi: Delhi’s batting performance left a lot to be desired in the last game. Most of the batters like Hiten Dalal (13), Nitish Rana (27), Himmat Singh (16), Anuj Rawat (21) got starts but none was able to cash-in on the start they’ve got resulting in their team getting knocked over 148. Come tomorrow’s game and Delhi will hope that their top-order steps up and lay a platform for their middle-lower order to cash-in.

Delhi wouldn’t have won the match, had it not been for the all-round performance by their bowling unit. Navdeep Saini claimed three wickets while Khejroliya and Pawan Negi bagged two each to help their side defend the paltry target of 148.

Uttar Pradesh: Skipper Samarth Singh (227 runs at 113.50), Akshdeep Nath (258 runs at 51.60) and Upendra Yadav (233 runs at 38.83) were the bedrock of UP’s batting unit last season.

As for the bowling unit, the onus will once again be on Ankit Rajpoot (4 wickets), Saurabh Kumar (4 wickets) and Akshdeep Nath (4 wickets).

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Samarth Singh, Dhruv Shorey, Shikhar Dhawan, Akshdeep Nath

Vice-Captain – Navdeep Saini, Upendra Yadav, Nitish Rana

Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Anuj Rawat

Batsmen –  Samarth Singh, Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana (C), Dhruv Shorey, Himmat Singh

All-Rounders – Pawan Negi, Akshdeep Nath (VC)

Bowlers – Ankit Rajpoot, Kulwant Kejroliya, Navdeep Saini.

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Upendra Yadav

Batsmen –  Samarth Singh, Rinku Singh (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Hiten Dalal, Himmat Singh (c)

All-Rounders – Pawan Negi, Akshdeep Nath

Bowlers – Shivam Mavi, Kulwant Kejroliya, Navdeep Saini


Expert Advice:

Both sides boast of a strong top-order. Hence, picking more top-order batsmen is a prudent punt.

Probable Winners:

With Delhi coming off a win in their last game and UP boasting of an inexperienced outfit, the former 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.