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KAR vs KER, Vijay Hazare Trophy, 2nd QF: MPL Fantasy Preview, Predictions, Probable XI

Match: Karnataka vs Kerala, Vijay Hazare Trophy (KAR vs KER)

Date: March 08, 2021

Venue: Palam A Stadium in New Delhi

Karnataka and Kerala will face off against each other in the second Quarter Final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 in New Delhi on Monday. Karnataka had gone down in their first game of the season, against Uttar Pradesh, but bounced back strongly and have not looked back since then. They won their remaining four games in Group C to end at the top of the points table. Kerala, on the other hand, too faced just one loss in the ongoing edition. They had gone down to Karnataka earlier, and finished third on the points table, due to an inferior Net Run Rate. 

Both the sides have been dominant this season thus far, with the batters excelling. With the pitch likely to be a flat one, one can expect the batsmen from both teams to fire yet again. Players such as Manish Pandey, Devdutt Padikkal, Robin Uthappa and Sachin Baby will find the conditions here to their liking, whereas Shreyas Gopal and Krishnappa Gowtham along with S Sreesanth will be leading their respective teams with the ball in hand. The absence of Sanju Samson, though, will be a major loss for the Kerala side. 

Weather Update and Pitch Report of KAR vs KER:

The day will be warm, sunny and bright with temperatures in the mid twenties. Humidity will be around 50% and there is no chance of rain during the day. 

This will be the first game at the Palam A Ground in New Delhi in this Vijay Hazare Trophy, but we expect a balanced track that will have plenty to offer both the batters and the bowlers. The spinners are likely to have a say as the match progresses. The team that wins the toss might look to bat first as runs on the board in a knockout tends to put the rival team under pressure. 

KAR Expected XI and Team News:

The Karnataka side will be strengthened by the presence of Manish Pandey and Krishnappa Gowtham for the second quarter finals on Monday. 

X Factors: 

Ravikumar Samarth: The player is the second highest run scorer for Karnataka this season, with 413 ruins with a high score of an unbeaten 158 at an average of nearing 138. 

Probable XI: 

R Samarth, Devdutt Padikkal, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Sharath BR, Abhimanyu Mithun, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jagadeesha Suchith, Vyshak Vijay Kumar, Prasidh Krishna.

KER Expected XI and Team News:

The Kerala team will be weakened by the absence of big-hitting wicket keeper Sanju Samson, who has been ruled out of the upcoming game due to an injury. 

X Factors: 

Jalaj Saxena: The player has plenty of experience, and will be the key for Kerala in the upcoming game. He has picked up 116 wickets in his List A career at an economy rate of just 4.43, and can be handy with the bat as well. He has picked up eight wickets this season. 

Probable XI: 

Robin Uthappa, Vishnu Vinod, Vatshal Govind, Sachin Baby, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Jalaj Saxena, MD Nidheesh, S Sreesanth, Akshay Chandran, Salman Nizar, Faisal Fanoos.

Match prediction of KAR vs KER: 

Both teams have plenty of big names, but we back Karnataka to get over the line and enter the semi finals. The presence of Manish Pandey and Krishnappa Gowtham further strengthens them, and they have a more balanced all-round side. Kerala will miss the services of Sanju Samson, without whom the batting line-up lacks experience. 

MPL Fantasy XI: 

Mohammad Azharuddeen, Devdutt Padikkal, Manish Pandey, R Samarth, Robin Uthappa, Vatshal Govind, Shreyas Gopal, Jalaj Saxena, S Sreesanth, Abhimanyu Mithun and Prasidh Krishna. 

Captain and vice-captain selection:

Devdutt Padikkal: The young opener has been a revelation this season and is the highest run scorer for the team, with 572 runs at an average of 190.66. He has smashed three hundred in five games with knocks of 52 and 97 in the remaining two matches. Padikkal is one of the most talented players in the domestic circuit, and he should be backed to come good yet again. 

Robin Uthappa: The batsman has been in excellent form, and tops the run charts for Kerala this season, with 375 runs at a strike rate of 135.37. He is averaging close to 94, and will have the onus of raising his game in the absence of Samson.

Also Read: GUJ vs AP, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021, Quarter-Final 1: MPL Preview, Probable XI & Top Picks

Sarah Warishttps://www.mpl.live/
A postgraduate in English Literature, I have taken on the tough task of limiting the mystic world of cricket to a few hundred words

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