Match: Uttar Pradesh vs Delhi (UP vs DELHI, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021, Quarter-Final 3)
Date: March 9, Tuesday.
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
Delhi has been on an undefeated run since the 7-wicket defeat at the hands of Mumbai in their first match of the season. They finished at the second spot in the Group D points table, with 16 points and an NRR of +0.507, winning their last four matches in run-chases.
In the batting department, Nitish Rana has been the central figure in their conquests along with Dhruv Shorey and Himmat Singh, while skipper Pradeep Sangwan has been spearheading their bowling attack with Lalit Yadav and Shivank Vashisht.
While Delhi has one of the strongest lineups this season and they make a strong case to be in the finals, Uttar Pradesh are top contenders as well, considering they’ve won 4 matches so far, and are on a 3 match winning streak after beating the likes of Bihar, Railways and Odisha.
They are a side that has rising cricketers in Priyam Garg and Shivam Mavi and the experience of Akshdeep Nath and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Indeed, they can foil Delhi’s plans of making it to the Semi-Final.
Weather Forecast & Pitch Report
There will be hazy sunshine during the course of the match with humidity levels as high as 40 percent in the first innings, but lessening as the game progresses. Batting second has been the go-to option in the ongoing edition of Vijay Hazare Trophy and another such instance was visible in the Preliminary Quarter-Final, where Delhi chased down a 280-run total in 48.3 overs.
Uttar Pradesh Team News & Probable XI
The top-order hasn’t contributed to their potential so far. Nonetheless, being talented cricketers who have plenty of List-A experience, one could bank on them to put up a show against Pradeep Sangwan & Co.
Shivam Sharma: Bowling slow left-arm orthodox, Shivam wreaked havoc in the last league match against Odisha, scalping figures of 6/22 in 8.2 overs to bundle out the rival side for 148 runs that Uttar Pradesh eventually won by 6 wickets. He has been the highest wicket-taker in the ongoing tournament, picking 18 wickets in 6 innings at an average of 11.88 and an economy of 4.53.
Priyam Garg: The 20-year-old has delivered mind-boggling exhibitions in the concurrent Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021, making him a must select for UP vs DELHI MPL XI. So far, he has amassed 250 runs in 5 innings averaging 50.00, a strike rate of 110-plus, with the last 4 knocks as – 57, 57, 115 and 17. In 23 matches that he has played in his List-A career, Priyam has acquired over 950 runs at an average of 47.85, with 3 hundreds and 6 fifties.
Karan Sharma, Abhishek Goswami, Akshdeep Nath, Priyam Garg, Upendra Yadav (wk), Sameer Choudhary, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Shivam Mavi, Shivam Sharma, Shanu Saini, Aaqib Khan
Delhi’s Team News & Probable XI
Delhi has a bankable lineup in both the batting and bowling department who have delivered in clutch moments. They have the momentum on their side as they head into the Quarter-Final.
Nitish Rana: He’s been on a rampage in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, accumulating 377 runs in 6 innings at an average of 75.40 and a strike rate of 104.14. The southpaw scored 81 in the recent match against Uttarakhand in the run-chase of 288 runs, prior to which he smashed an unbeaten 88 against Rajasthan.
Not to mention, he clobbered 137 runs off 106 deliveries against Puducherry in the second match of the season. He is a handy off-break bowler who can garner wickets in the middle-overs as was visible in the previous outing, where he scalped 2/40 in his ten overs.
Pradeep Sangwan: The skipper has been effective with his bowling variations in each of the matches played so far this season. Sangwan has grabbed 11 wickets averaging 25.63, with figures in the last 3 matches as – 2/61, 3/62, and 3/59. Bowling left-arm medium pace, Sangwan holds 91 wickets in his List-A career, an average of 27.03, and best figures of 3/13.
Majot Kalra, Dhruv Shorey, Himmat Singh, Kshitiz Sharma, Nitish Rana, Lalit Yadav, Shivank Vashisht, Anuj Rawat (wk), Pradeep Sangwan (c), Kulwant Khejroliya, Simarjeet Singh
Match Prediction for UP vs DELHI
Delhi seems to be more dominating on paper than Uttar Pradesh. Not to forget, they recently beat Uttarakhand when the chase required over 100 runs in under 70 deliveries, so they will be high on confidence with that triumph. Plus, they have some experienced players on their side who have peaked in such nerve-wracking situations before, and that is something that could reward them in the coming duel.
Captain & Vice-Captain Picks for UP vs DELHI
Captain picks: Nitish Rana, Priyam Garg
Vice-captain picks: Pradeep Sangwan, Shivam Sharma
UP vs DELHI MPL Fantasy XI
A Rawat, D Shorey, K Sharma, P Garg, N Rana, L Yadav, S Vashisht, A Nath, P Sangwan, B Kumar, S Sharma
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