Vijay Hazare

VIJAY HAZARE – 3rd QUARTER FINAL – SAURASHTRA VS BARODA – FANTASY PREVIEW

In the second day of Vijay Hazare Trophy – knock-outs, we are going to witness another double-header. Regions from the state of Gujarat, Saurashtra and Baroda meets in the 3rd Quarter-Final match which will be play at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi. Baroda topped Group ‘A’ with 5 wins out of 6 matches while Saurashtra finished at second in Group ‘D’. Third Quarter-Final match between Saurashtra vs Baroda is schedule to start at 9 AM IST on Thursday, 22nd February 2018.

 

SAURASHTRA :

Saurashtra has started their season with a good win but faced back-to-back losses in next two matches. Team bounced back strong and won three matches in a row to qualify for quarter-final. India’s regular test batsman Cheteswar Pujara led the team in last three matches and led from the front with consistent knocks. The important pacer Jaydev Unadkat currently in South Africa for national duties and Saurashtra will miss his service in the crucial phase of the tournament. Samarth Vyas and wicket keeper Avi Barot were opened the innings in last two matches and the experienced Robin Uthappa moved to crucial no. 3 position. Uthappa didn’t play a big knock all through group stage and his highest score was only 32 runs. He is the big match player and has a plenty of chance to go for match winning knock in this game. Avi Barot took over wicket-keeper role from Robin Uthappa and also opened the batting. He dismissed for 0 in his first match but came back good with an unbeaten 91 in the last game. Samarth Vyas playing a good hand in the season and he is one of the key player for Saurashtra. Pujara has played all six matches and shown consistent performances with a bat.

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja concentrated more with a bat than bowling and scored a big hundred against Jharkhand. He remained wicket-less in all four innings that he bowled but as one of the star player in the side Jadeja is expect to play a big role in this quarter final. Arpit Vasavada and Prerak Mankad strengths the batting in middle-order. Seam bowler Shaurya Sanandia bowled well all through group stages and picked a tally of 11 wickets, includes four 2-wicket hauls and a three wicket haul. The left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja having a very good season. He has claimed 12 wickets in 6 innings which includes two times four wicket hauls. Chirag Jani is playing an all-rounder role with bat in middle-order and bowls medium-pace. The off-spinner Kamlesh Makvana also bowling decently well in the tournament, he had taken 6 wickets in 5 innings and possibly will play a key role at Kotla. As there is no Unadkat one forced change would be made. Hardik Rathod who had played only a game in group stage, will probably get back into the XI.

 

BARODA :

After lost the first match of the season by 85 runs, Deepak Hooda led-side made a stunning turn-out with five consecutive victories and finished at top of the points table in Group A. Selectors of Baroda made a brave decision ahead of knock-outs and dropped all-rounder Yusuf Pathan from the squad. Akshay Brahmbhatt who yet to make a debut in list A cricket replaces the experienced Yusuf in the squad. The young 22-years old allrounder Deepak Hooda earned a privileged to lead Baroda team in the tournament. The openers Kedar Devdhar and Aditya Waghmode in good form. Devdhar had scored 260 runs in 6 innings with a highest score 111 while Waghmode had early struggles but notched up huge 148 runs against Assam in the last group match. This opening pair has job to do in this big game. Yusuf Pathan used to bat at no. 3 in recent matches but as he is not in the squad now, all-rounder Krunal Pandya will be back to no. 3 position. It wasn’t a pleasant journey during group stages for this Mumbai Indians star. Pandya managed to pick 5 wickets in 5 innings and played one big knock of 84 runs against Odisha. He is well talented all-rounder hopefully, will come with an all round effort this time.

Skipper Deepak Hooda had played a monstrous innings of 161 runs against Railways early in the tournament and also contributed with runs in other matches too. He used to bowl occasionally in the ongoing season and picked 4 wickets in 3 innings. Urvil Patel handles the wicket-keeper’s duty along with batting at middle-order. Swapnil Singh plays an all-rounder role by scoring quick runs in middle-order and also picking wicket with his left-arm spin. He is very consistent with both bat and ball. Vishnu Solanki is the specialist middle-order batsman and he scored 2 half-centuries already in the season. On the absence of Yusuf Pathan, either Soaeb Tai or Viraj Bhosale will earn an opportunity in the playing XI. The vice-captain Atit Sheth bowling well and picked 9 wickets in 6 innings. He also helps the team with a decent knocks at end overs. The left-arm pacer Rishi Arothe also playing an important role with a ball for Baroda. Till now, Arothe had picked 10 wickets in 6 matches and he will continue his good work in this game too.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

SAURASHTRA :

  • Robin Uthappa
  • Samarth Vyas
  • Cheteshwar Pujara
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Prerak Mankad
  • Kamlesh Makvana
  • Dharmendrasinh Jadeja
  • Shaurya Sanandia

 

BARODA :

  • Deepak Hooda
  • Krunal Pandya
  • Kedar Devdhar
  • Aditya Waghmode
  • Swapnil Singh
  • Vishnu Solanki
  • Lukman Meriwala
  • Rishi Arothe

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

SAURASHTRA :

1. Samarth Vyas, 2. Avi Barot, 3. Robin Uthappa, 4. Cheteshwar Pujara, 5. Ravindra Jadeja, 6. Prerak Mankad, 7. Chirag Jani / Arpit Vasavada, 8. Shaurya Sanandia, 9. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, 10. Kamlesh Makvana, 11. Hardik Rathod.

BARODA :

1. Kedar Devdhar, 2. Aditya Waghmode, 3. Krunal Pandya, 4. Deepak Hooda, 5. Urvil Patel, 6. Vishnu Solanki, 7. Swapnil Singh, 8. Soaeb Tai / Viraj Bhosale, 9. Atit Sheth, 10. Rishi Arothe, 11. Lukman Meriwala.

 

 

 

 

 

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