Match: Bihar vs UP, Vijay Hazare Trophy (BIHAR vs UP)
Date: February 24, 2021
Venue: KSCA Cricket Ground, Alur
The Vijay Hazare Trophy will see Bihar take on Uttar Pradesh in Round 3 of the Elite Group C game on Wednesday. The Bihar team have not had the best start to the season, with two successive losses, and will face a tough task when they take on a strong Uttar Pradesh team. The side were all out for just 189 in their season opener against Railways, with no player able to cross the 50-run mark. In their second game against Karnataka, the Bihar team were blown away for just 87 while chasing a mammoth 355.
The Uttar Pradesh side, on the other hand, have one win and a loss in their two games thus far. Their first game was curtailed due to rain against Karnataka, and they ended up winning by the VJD Method. They fell short against Kerala after being all out for 284 runs. Their players have been getting starts, however, and will be eager to register a convincing win against a weak Bihar unit.
Weather Update and Pitch Report of BIHAR vs UP:
The day will see a high of 28 degree Celsius, but the evening will get cooler. There is no prediction of rain, and humidity will be in the early thirties.
The track here is likely to aid run scoring, and the batters will have a feast once they get their eyes in. There will not be much on offer for the fast bowlers, while the spinners can get some help. Winning the toss and chasing is the preferred option.
BIHAR Expected XI and Team News:
A member of the Bihar team has tested positive for the coronavirus, though there is no update about who the player is.
Shabbir Khan: The batsman had top-scored in the game against Railways, with a fighting knock of an unbeaten 46. Overall, Shabbir Khan has played just two games in his List A career, but he has plenty of talent and will be eager to leave his mark against a tough side.
S Gani, Shasheem Rathour, Babul Kumar, Mangal Mahrour, Akash Raj, Vikash Ranjan(w), Ashutosh Aman(c), Shabbir Khan, Anuj Raj, Samar Quadri, Rahul Kumar
UP Expected XI and Team News:
Despite a loss in their last game, Uttar Pradesh are unlikely to make any changes in their playing XI for the clash against Bihar.
Abhishek Goswami: The batsman is the leading run scorer for Uttar Pradesh this season, with 108 runs in 2 games, including a fine 54. He has played 7 List A games in his career thus far, with the help of two fifties, and will be eyeing big runs against a relatively weak Bihar unit.
Abhishek Goswami, Karan Sharma, Priyam Garg, Akshdeep Nath, Rinku Singh, Upendra Yadav (wk), Shivam Sharma, Sameer Choudhary, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Mohsin Khan, Kartik Tyagi
Match prediction of BIHAR vs UP:
Uttar Pradesh are the firm favourites to win the clash, considering their quality and the experience that they possess. Over the last few years, Uttar Pradesh has thrown up a number of skilled cricketers, plenty of whom will be in action in the upcoming clash. In Bhuvi Kumar, the team has a charismatic leader, while young guns like Kartik Tyagi, Priyam Garg and Abhishek Goswami will be eager to leave a mark. Rinku Singh, Akshdeep Nath and Upendra Yadav lend plenty of experience to the side.
MPL Fantasy XI:
Upendra Yadav, S Gani, Ashutosh Aman, Rinku Singh, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Goswami, Shabbir Khan, Akshdeep Nath, Anuj Raj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kartik Tyagi
Captain and vice-captain selection:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: The Indian fast bowler is the best pick for captaincy in the MPL team considering his skills, his experience and the quality of the opposition. The fast bowler is returning from an injury, and has not yet hit his straps this season, with just 2 wickets in as many games. However, he is a veteran in cricket, and will be eyeing wickets against a side that is not the strongest against fast bowling.
Kartik Tyagi: If Uttar Pradesh bowl first, Kartik Tyagi could be another ideal captaincy choice. Uttar Pradesh will be eager to dismiss Bihar at the earliest, and new ball bowler Kartik Tyagi will have a huge role to play. He has picked up 10 wickets in 7 List A games thus far at an economy rate of just under 6.