West Indies A vs India A, 2019: 1st Unofficial Test: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

West Indies A vs India A, 2019: 1st Unofficial Test: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Abhimanyu Easwaran has scored 815 runs from 9 innings at an average of 116.42 with four centuries in 2019 first-class games.

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

After a comfortable 4-1 win in the unofficial ODI series, India A will fight out in a 3-match Test series against the hosts. Shreyas Iyer, the captain of India A team, will join the Indian T20I squad later on. Shamarh Brooks will lead West Indies A after a couple of last-minute injuries to their players. The hosts will miss the services of Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich who picked up ankle injuries and were ordered to take rest.

Wriddhiman Saha’s comeback tale begins with this series as he is included in all the three unofficial Tests. However, the veteran keeper from Bengal might play only first two games before joining Indian Test squad as back-up keeper. Andhra’s KS Bharat will get his chances in the series later on. Bharat is considered to be in perking order as Indian Test keeper with only Rishabh Pant and Saha ahead of him.


Match Details:

The first game of the 3-match Unofficial Test series between West Indies A and India A will be hosted by the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua.

The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (1:30 PM GMT) (7:00 PM IST). The game will be streamed live on YouTube by Windes Cricket.

Pitch Condition/Report:

In the recent past, the Antigua’s North Sound has been a venue for low totals in first-class cricket. Across six FC games since 2018 here, only twice a team managed to post 300+ runs in an innings. The pacers enjoyed the assistance at this venue recently and the same could be continued unless a change in the pitches from the previous season.


Probable Playing XIs:

West Indies A:

Shamarh Brooks (C), Montcin Hodge, Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Raymon Reifer, Jahmar Hamilton (WK), Rahkeem Cornwall, Jomel Warrican, Miguel Cummins, Chemar Holder.

Bench – Shermon Lewis, Jeremy Solozano.

India A:

Priyank Panchal, Abhimanyu Easwaran,, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Shreyas Iyer (C), Shivam Dube, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Krishnappa Gowtham, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur/Shahbaz Nadeem.

Bench – KS Bharat (WK), Mayank Markande, Avesh Khan, Shardul Thakur/Shahbaz Nadeem.


Team News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Power Picks:

Mohammed Siraj in first-class cricket for India A:

54 wickets from 10 matches for India A in first-class cricket at an average of 18.22 and a strike rate of 36.1. In 16 FC innings for India A in FC, Siraj took three 5-wicket hauls, exactly four wickets on six occasions and exactly three wickets twice.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Priyank Panchal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Roston Chase, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill

Vice-Captain Options – Mohammed Siraj, Sunil Ambris, Shivam Dube, Jermaine Blackwood, Raymon Reifer


Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Wriddhiman Saha

Batsmen – Priyank Panchal (C), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Hanuma Vihari, Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood

All-Rounders – Roston Chase (VC), Shivam Dube

Bowlers – Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Miguel Cummins

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Wriddhiman Saha

Batsmen – Priyank Panchal, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari (C), Shamarh Brooks, Sunil Ambris

All-Rounders – Rakheem Cornwall, Shivam Dube

Bowlers – Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj (VC), Jomel Warrican


Expert Advice:

Wriddhiman Saha is the only player in the keepers’ category who will be part of the playing XI from both sides. KS Bharat will have to wait for Saha while Shane Dowrich picked up an injury. The keeper’s selection could reduce the number of Indians from batsmen’s category. Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer are likely to bat at No.4 and No.5 respectively. It is their batting position that does not allow them to be picked ahead of other batsmen.

Probable Winners:

India A could be seen continuing their good form and go 1-0 up in the 3-match series.

*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.