Vijay Hazare


It’s time to see who will win the title of Vijay Hazare Trophy season 2018. After crossed all the hurdles Karnataka and Saurashtra goes for a face-off to decide who are the best in this year competition. The Final between Karnataka vs Saurashtra schedule to start at 9 AM IST on Tuesday, 27th February 2018.



The title holders of 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, Karnataka just one step away from winning their third Vijay Hazare Trophy. Very sensible and all around performances of Karnataka team assured the birth in the final for them. The beast form of Mayank Agarwal and bowlers consistency are a major key for Karnataka. The opener Mayank Agarwal had scored 633 runs in 8 innings which includes 3 hundreds and 3 80+ scores in it. Team wants him to play an amazing knock for one more time to secure a title. His opening partner skipper Karun Nair also in some kind of good form, specially after score 70 not out in the semi-final two days ago. Ravikumar Samarth is one of the important player in Karnataka lineup who bats at no. 3. After started the season well with back-to-back half-centuries Samarth struggled a lot in next few games. He found a form back at right time with a century in the Quarter-final and he is looking dangerous right now. Pavan Deshpande is the other in-form batsman and he used to contribute with half-centuries quite often in the tournament.

All-rounder Stuart Binny made his return to the team in knock-out stage and shown his best with a bowl in the quarters. He didn’t get much of opportunity to bowl or bat in the semi final, but he will play an important role in the big final. After having two an average matches with a bowl, all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham came with a stunning 3 for 26 runs in 10 overs in the semi final. He is very good player in middle-order and also very useful with his off-spin. CM Gautam will take care of gloves work behind stumps once again and he also able to finish the innings in high note with his batting skills. All-rounder Shreyas Gopal was very effective with a five wicket haul in the quarter final match against Hyderabad. He had claimed a tally of 13 wickets in 5 matches and he eye on adding few more to his wickets tally. Seamer Ronit More had replaced Sreenath Aravind who was expensive in the quarter final. More did a good job in his 6 overs spell to claim 1 for 24 with a maiden over. With that efforts Ronit More is expect to keep his place in the XI. The young duo of pace attack T Pradeep and Prasidh Krishna were shown their best in every match for Karnataka. Pradeep claimed 8 wickets in 6 innings while Prasidh had picked 14 wickets in 7 innings. Both of them are set to play a key role for their team in this big final. No changes are expected, unless KL Rahul makes surprise return to the XI.



A collective team performances helped Saurashtra to survive in both Quarter and semi-final matches. Now, they need one more victory to become the champions of 2018. The good news for Saurashtra is that all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja back in the squad for semi-final and scored a match-winning half-century. Meanwhile, Robin Uthappa was rested for semi-final due to angle niggle. He also expect to be in the XI to strengthen the side further more. Wicket keeper Avi Barot and Samarth Vyas used to open the batting in both knock-out matches. As the duo did it well, they will continue to pair up in this big final. If Robin Uthappa is back, he will bat at no. 3. It wasn’t a great tournament for Uthappa this year. He was aggregate only 95 runs in the tournament. Skipper Cheteshwar Pujara played a several handy knocks for the team. He dismissed for just 17 runs in the semi-final, but the experienced batsman could come strong in this huge clash. The senior all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja played as a specialist batsman due to injury in the semi-final and notched up 51 balls 56 runs. If he is able to bowl in this game, he could give you more fantasy points. Aarpit Vasavada and Prerak Mankad are doing a very good job with a bat in the middle-order. Vasavada had played a back-to-back match winning knocks in quarter final and also in semi final. Based on his current form Vasavada could possibly score one more half-century in the season on Tuesday.

Prerak Mankad is an all-rounder who bats well at no. 7 and also bowls very useful spells. He claimed a tally of 3 wickets in last two matches and will possibly add more to his wickets-tally. All-rounder Chirag Jani was promoted to no. 3 in the last game but it didn’t work well for the team. Before that, he used to bat at lower middle-order and batted well with some quick cameos. The right-arm medium pacer had picked 10 wickets in the tournament, includes a four wicket haul in quarter final. The left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja had picked his third four wicket-haul of the tournament to assure a victory for his team in semis. He has a tally of 16 wickets 8 innings and has a role to play in this final too. The off-spinner Kamlesh Makvana claimed 7 wickets in 7 innings. He is expect to keep the place in the XI as the bowling unit works well at the moment. Shaurya Sanandiya and Hardik Rathod took care of new ball in the power play other day, as both did a decent job with a ball will keep their places in the XI. In case, Jaydev Unadkat is available for this game, he will replaces Hardik Rathod in the XI.




  • Karun Nair
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Pavan Deshpande
  • Stuart Binny
  • Shreyas Gopal
  • Krishnappa Gowtham
  • T Pradeep
  • Prasidh Krishna



  • Cheteshwar Pujara
  • Samarth Vyas
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Aarpit Vasavada
  • Prerak Mankad
  • Chirag Jani
  • Dharmendrasinh Jadeja
  • Shaurya Sanandia




1. Mayank Agarwal, 2. Karun Nair, 3. Ravikumar Samarth, 4. Pavan Deshpande, 5. Stuart Binny, 6. Krishnappa Gowtham, 7. CM Gautam, 8. Shreyas Gopal, 9. Ronit More, 10. T Pradeep, 11. Prasidh Krishna.


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




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