Match: Gujarat vs Andhra (GUJ vs AP, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021, Quarter-Final 1)
Date: March 8, Monday.
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
Gujarat have been on a roll in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021, with 5 wins in a row and a sixth on the cards, to seal a spot higher in the knockouts. Led by Priyank Panchal, Gujarat were evicted in the previous edition of the domestic one-dayers, losing to Tamil Nadu by 5-wickets in the Semi-Finals.
This time around, Gujarat have committed little to no mistakes either during batting or bowling and have a chance in hand to seal their second title of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, provided they maintain their winning combination and proceed further in the competition.
Andhra would have a lot to figure out if they are to dominate an in-form Gujarat in the upcoming contest and grab a spot in the Semi-Final. They had their share of failures in the route leading to the Quarter-Final, losing out 2 consecutive matches in the league stages to Punjab and Madhya Pradesh respectively, but bounced back with a 7-wicket win over Jharkhand in their last league match to finish at the top spot in the Group B rankings.
Weather Forecast & Pitch Report
It’s going to be a hazy day in Delhi with temperature gliding between 25 to 30 degrees Celsius and humidity levels less than 30 percent. The wicket has supported batters, with a score of 287 being recorded in the first innings in the lately played match between Delhi and Uttarakhand.
Gujarat’s Team News & Probable XI
The Priyank Panchal-led side has opted for the winning combination from the first match itself. Unlikely they will make any changes in the Quarter-Final.
Dhruv Rawal: Another young and talented cricketer who has impressed immensely this season, Dhruv’s contribution with the willow have been of crucial significance to Gujarat in the league matchups against Tripura and Baroda as he scored 83 and 102 respectively.
Not to mention, he’s the highest run-getter for his side in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021, compiling 263 runs at an average of 52.60 and a strike rate of 88.85, including the handy knocks of 38 and 37 against Chattisgarh and Goa respectively.
Het Patel: The southpaw makes a strong case of being picked as a captain or vice-captain in GUJ vs AP MPL XI. He has been too consistent considering he’s just 9 matches old in List-A cricket, averages 42.50, with a tally of 340 runs at a strike rate around 90.
His last five scores read – 35, 9*, 114, 67 and 82, making him a player to keep an eye upon against Andhra’s bowling lineup.
Priyank Panchal (c), Dhruv Raval (wk), Het Patel, Chirag Gandhi, Ripal Patel, Karan Patel, Piyush Chawla, Tejas Patel, Chintan Gaza, Arzan Nagwaaswalla, Hardik Patel
Andhra’s Team News & Probable XI
Andhra has won 3 out of their 5 matches this season during run-chases. With a batting attack comprising Ashwin Hebbar, CR Gnaneshwar, Ricky Bhui, Nitish Reddy, and skipper Hanuma Vihari, scores around 250-260 shouldn’t pose a problem for the side in the upcoming duel.
Ricky Bhui: Perhaps the biggest contributor to Andhra’s run tally in the concurrent 50-over tournament, Bhui’s inclusion comes naturally to GUJ vs AP MPL XI. He struck a blistering 27-ball 57* in the recent match against Jharkhand, an innings that comprised 5 fours and 4 sixes to chase down the 140-run target with 7 wickets to spare.
So far, the top-order batsman has amassed 258 runs in 5 innings at an astonishing average of 129.00 and a strike rate of 117.80, including a hundred and 2 fifties.
Harishankar Reddy: The right-arm medium pacer was perhaps the game-changer for Andhra in the must-win feud against Jharkhand in their final league match of the ongoing domestic one-dayers.
The 22-year-old tore through the rival batting order, grabbing match-winning figures of 9.2-0-30-4, to restrict Jharkhand to 139/10 in 46.2 overs. He has been picking wickets at a consistent rate since this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, someone the team would rely upon in clutch moments in the coming outing.
Ashwin Hebbar, CR Gnaneshwar, Hanuma Vihari (c), Ricky Bhui (wk), Nitish Reddy, Karan Shinde, Shoaib Md Khan, KV Sasikanth, Karthik Raman, Harishankar Reddy, Naren Reddy
Match Prediction for GUJ vs AP
Gujarat looks to be the favorites at this stage on the basis of their performance from the first outing of the season. Being unbeaten so far, Gujarat would well aware of their strengths and the tactics required at this stage of the contest to reach the higher positions in the eliminators.
Captain & Vice-captain picks for GUJ vs AP
Captain picks: Dhruv Raval, Het Patel
Vice-captain picks: Ricky Bhui, Harishankar Reddy
GUJ vs AP MPL Fantasy XI
R Bhui (vc), H Patel (c), D Rawal, K Shinde, A Hebbar, R Patel, P Panchal, N K Reddy, H Reddy, G Reddy, A Nagwaswalla
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