In yet another fifth-round matches of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Maharashtra will be squaring off against Himachal on Monday. This will be the first encounter between the two sides.
The 84th match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy will be played between Maharashtra and Himachal on 18th of January at Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara.
The game is scheduled to begin at 12:00 PM IST and can be viewed live on FanCode in India.
The two teams are coming into this game in the opposite form, Himachal, on one hand, have 2 matches winning streak while Maharashtra are on 2 matches losing streak.
These two sides have limited head to head exposure, they met once in 2019, in which Himachal won by 8 wickets. Himachal in their last match played against Uttarakhand in which they won by 10 wickets. Maharashtra lost to Baroda by 60 runs.
This will be a day game and the temperature is expected to be around 18-22°C on the match day, the sky will be clear and sunny and the game will proceed as scheduled.
The surface at Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara is a balanced one, there will be a battle between ball and bat and all-rounder will have the most importance on this venue.
80% of the matches have been won while batting first here in recent 5 matches.
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Maharashtra: Rahul Tripathi, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Naushad Shaikh, Kedar Jadhav, Ranjeet Nikam, Azim Kazi, Satyajeet Bachhav, Taranjeet Singh Dhillon, Shamshuzma Kazi, Pradeep Dadhe, Mukesh Choudhary
Bench: Dhanraj Pardeshi, Sunny Pandit, Nikhil Naik
Himanchal: R Thakur, Amit Kumar, Ekant Sen, Nitin Sharma, Abhimanyu Rana, Kanwar Abhinay Singh, Ankush Bedi, Rishi Dhawan, Pankaj Jaiswal, Prashant Chopra, Vaibhav Arora
Bench: Mayank Dagar, Arpit Guleria, Ayush Jamwal
Vaibhav Arora is the best bowler for Himachal, he has the best fantasy points per credit score on FanCode and has a total of 7 wickets in 4 matches.
Pradhant Chopra is the wicketkeeper-batsman from the Himachal Pradesh, he can provide fantasy points from both behind and in front of the wicket.
Rishi Dhawan is the skipper of the Himachal Pradesh team. He took 3 wickets in a match against Chhattisgarh and 1 wicket against Baroda in his last match, the good thing about his fantasy value is that he is batting in upper middle-order.
Captain – Prashant Chopra, Vaibhav Arora
Vice-Captain – Rishi Dhawan, Rituraj Gaikwad
Keeper – Prashant Chopra (VC)
Batsmen – Rituraj Gaikwad, Kedhar Jadhav, Amit Kumar
All-rounders – Rishi Dhawan (C), Pankaj Jaiswal, Azim Kazi
Bowlers – Mayank Dagar, Vaibhav Arora, Mukesh Choudhary, Satyajit Bachaav
Keeper – Prashant Chopra
Batsmen – Rituraj Gaikwad, Taranjit Singh, Amit Kumar
All-rounder – Rishi Dhawan, Naushad Seikh, Pankaj Jaiswal
Bowlers – Mayank Dagar, Vaibhav Arora (C), Satyajit Bachaav (VC), Mukesh Choudhary
Since this is not an outright batting or bowling pitch, hence for an ideal fantasy team at this venue, you should have a balance between batsmen, all-rounders and bowlers.
Himachal is a relatively stronger team and are ahead in the head to head matches by 1-0 hence they are favourite to win this contest.
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