Date & Time: Thursday, October 17, 09:00 IST
Venue: Gujarat State Fertilizer Corporation Ground, Vadodara, India
Only pride at stake
The final match of the league phase between Maharashtra and Vidarbha has no significance in the season as both sides are out of contention from the Top 5. Vidarbha may have had a decent season with 3 wins from 7 matches but losses at crucial stages have hurt them the more. On the other hand, Maharashtra could only register two wins from 7 matches and in the end, a mad defeat to Punjab in a must-win game meant an end to their season. Now they may not have a chance to qualify for the quarterfinals, they do want to end the season on a high with a win.
Maharashtra Possible XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Ankit Bawne, Kedar Jadhav(c), Azim Kazi, Naushad Shaikh, Nikhil Naik(w), Satyajeet Bachhav, Shamshuzama Kazi, Samad Fallah, Nikit Dhuma.
Vidarbha Possible XI: Faiz Fazal(c), Jitesh Sharma(w), Akshay Wadkar, Ganesh Satish, Apoorv Wankhade, Akshay Karnewar, Aditya Sarwate, Rajneesh Gurbani, Akshay Wakhare, Yash Thakur, Atharwa Taide.
The surface at Gujarat State Fertilizer Corporation Ground in Vadodara has been on the slower side where batsmen found scoring runs very tricky. Tuesday’s game here is one of those low scoring ones, hence we expect nothing different for the final match of the league phase as well.
He is the leading run-scorer for the side in the season. His knocks played a crucial role in Vidarbha’s victories. He has a PPM of 52 and an MDTA of 1.67 in the last five games which make him a worthy pick for fantasy cricket players.
He is the most consistent bowler for Maharashtra in the season. Apart from a lone match, he has chipped in with at least a wicket in every match. Adding to it, he has also been handy with the bat. He has a PPM of close to 80 in the last 5 matches.
Apart from the match against Punjab where Maharashtra bowled out 65, he was one of the consistent performers of the side in the season. He has a PPM of 75 in the last 5 matches which makes him a must-have in the Dream11 cricket team.
He is only Maharashtra batsman to cross 20 run mark in the horrible performance against Punjab. It has been that kind of season for him, he has to steady the ship whenever the Top-order fails to perform and it has been the case most of the time. He has a PM of 47 in the last 5 matches.
His four-fer in the last game was crucial for Vidarbha’s win and before that, he was amongst the wickets. But he can go wicketless just as he did in the 3 out of 7 matches played. When he performs he makes it count by picking at least a couple of wickets. He has a PPM of 57 and an MDTA of 1.67 in the last 5 matches.