Ranji Trophy, 2018
Vidarbha vs Gujarat, Round 7, Elite Group A Match Preview
Vidarbha and Gujarat will square off in the next encounter of Elite Group A which will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur. Talking about the points table scenario, the reigning champions Vidarbha with 2 wins from 5 games are placed at the fourth position with 18 points to their name whereas their counterparts from this game are one step ahead at the third position with 2 wins from 6 games.
looks like good things are coming the reigning champions way, after three draws on the trot in their opening encounter, they finally got going with two big wins against Chhattisgarh and Railways by 10 wickets and 118 runs respectively.
Skipper Faiz Fazal good form continued with the bat and he scored a marvellous 146 whereas, wicketkeeper Akshay Wadkar scored an unbeaten 144 which helped them stitch a 272 runs stand for the 4th wicket while replying to the first innings total of 232 runs by Chhatisgarh. They had all their blocks clicked in the bowling department as well which helped them win the contest by 10 wickets as they were left to chase a modes 46 in their second innings.
They followed their valiant show in the following game against Railways as well as they clinched that contest with a margin of 118 runs. Batting first, they scored a brilliant 331 courtesy Akshay Karnewar’s 94 and skipper Faiz Fazal’s 53. In reply, Pratham Singh’s captivating 95 couldn’t help them go past Vidarbha’s score as they trailed by 95 runs.
Vidarbha was bundled out for 14 in their second innings but a heroic effort by ‘Man of the Match’ Aditya Sarwate who scalped 6 for 43 helped his side to bundle out Railways for a mere 124 to wrap up the game.
Gujarat has been stable in this season as they have won two of their 6 games and drawn the remaining 4. Their first win came in their opening game itself where they tamed Baroda by 9 wickets. Batting first, Baroda posted 290 runs on the board courtesy Yusuf Pathan’s 69 and Deepak Hooda’s 63. In reply, Gujarat took a 12 run lead over their opponents by scoring 302, Samit Gohel’s 63 and Rujul Bhatt’s 76 proved valiant. Their bowlers bowled really well in the second innings by bundling Baroda for 179 in the second innings.
It was never going to be a tough ask to chase a score like 168 which they managed quite easily courtesy skipper Priyank Panchal’s unbeaten 112 which made the chase a formality.
their next win of the season came against the heavyweights Mumbai by 9 wickets which was their fourth affair of the season. Since that win, they have played 2 drawn games against Railways and Karnataka and would be looking to tame the defending champions tomorrow to get even more momentum by their side.
Venue- Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
Matchday- Dec 22 Sat- Dec 25, Tue at 09:30 AM IST
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Faiz Fazal(c), Wasim Jaffer, Aditya Thakare, Darshan Nalkande, Siddhesh Wath, Sanjay Ramaswamy, Akshay Karnewar, Ganesh Satish, Akshay Wadkar (wk), Apoorv Wankhade, Akshay Wakhare, Rajneesh Gurbani, Atharwa Taide, Lalit M Yadav, Shrikant Wagh, Aditya Sarwate.
Gujarat- Priyank Panchal(c), Karan Patel, Chintan Gaja, Samit Gohel, Arzan Nagwaswalla, Manprit Juneja, Dhruv Raval (wk), Rush Kalaria, Kshitij Patel, Bhargav Merai, Rujul Bhatt, Piyush Chawla, Siddharth Desai, Mehul Patel.
The probable VID vs GUJ playing 11 is listed below.
Wicket-keeper – Akshay Wadkar
Batsmen – Ganesh Satish, Faiz Fazal(c), Wasim Jaffer, Sanjay Ramaswamy, Mohit Kale
All-rounders – Aditya Sarwate, Akshay Wakhare, Akshay Karnewar (Doubt: Shrrikant Wagh)
Bowlers – Lalit M Yadav, Rajneesh Gurbani
Wicket-keeper – Dhruv Raval
Batsmen – Priyank Panchal, Manprit Juneja, Bhargav Merai, Rujul Patel, Kathan Patel
All-rounders – Roosh Kalaria, Axar Patel
Bowlers – Arsan Nagwaswalla, Mehul Patel, Piyush Chawla. (Doubt: Siddharth Desai)
Both Dhruv Raval and Akshay Wadhkar are in a magnificent form with the bat, opting any of them can be good.
In the batting department, the likes of Priyank Panchal who has got 2 tons so far, Faiz Fazal who has been the leading run-getter for the defending champions this season are the best choices.
Among others, Bhargav Merai, Rujul Patel, Akshay Wakhare are also safe bets.
Among all-rounders, Roosh Kalaria, Aditya Sarwate who claimed 6-fer against Baroda and Axar Patel are the hefty choices.
In the Bowling department, Arzan Nagwaswalla who got a 5-fer in the last game is a safe option, Lalit Yadav and Piyush Chawla are the other considerable choices here.
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