Date & Time: Wednesday, October 16, 09:00 IST
Venue: Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara, India
A must-win encounter
Punjab with 18 points from 7 matches and Maharastra with 12 points from 6 matches are more or less in a similar situation at a crucial juncture in the season. After the two abandoned opening matches, Maharashtra has won back to back matches after a couple of losses which kept them alive in the season. Although, in order to make it to the quarterfinals they not only need to win the remaining two matches, but also a few other results should go in their favor. On the other hand, Punjab needs to win against Maharashtra in order to make it to the quarter-finals or else they need few favors from other teams.
Maharashtra Possible XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Ankit Bawne, Kedar Jadhav(w/c), Naushad Shaikh, Azim Kazi, Satyajeet Bachhav, Shamshuzama Kazi, Samad Fallah, Nikhil Naik, Nikit Dhumal
Punjab Possible XI: Abhishek Sharma, Sanvir Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Sharad Lumba, Mandeep Singh(c), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karan Kaila, Anmol Malhotra(w), Mayank Markande, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
The surface in Moti Bagh Stadium in Vadodara hasn’t been an easy scoring ground in the season where the average score of the first innings is 200 in the last 7 matches. So expect another hard-fought day for batsmen for the crucial contest.
He is one of the most consistent players for Maharashtra in the season. He had a telling impact in 3 out of 4 matches played in the season. He has a PPM of 92 in the season which makes him a worthy pick for Dream11 fantasy cricket players.
He has been in red hot form in the season as he is leading the wicket charts for Punjab with 15 wickets from 6 matches. He has a PPM of nearly 90 and an MDTA of 1 in the last 5 matches.
Gurkeerat Singh Mann
He may not have come up with match-defining performances in the season, but he proved to be a worthy player in the side. He has chipped in a few wickets and come up with decent contributions in the middle order. He has a PPM of 61 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 matches.
He may be slow to start off in the season, but once he found his ideal rhythm he was consistent. He has chipped in with a wicket or came up with handy runs down the order. He has a PPM of 56 in the last 5 matches.
The Maharashtra skipper hasn’t been a consistent player in the season, but he is known to come up with match-defining knocks as the case in the side’s second game. Adding to it, the top order’s poor form in the season makes him a crucial player of the side.