In the first match of a blockbuster Sunday, defending champions, Delhi face Karnataka in a do-or-die game for them in Indore. Unlike their 2018 efforts, Delhi batsmen haven't been able to apply themselves and churn out big runs, finding themselves in danger of being knocked out of the competition.
On the other hand, Karnataka have been brilliant in the competition so far with their batsmen and bowlers putting out good performances on a regular basis and will be looking to continue their good run of form against a formidable Delhi side, desperate for a win.
Squads to choose from
Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, Manoj S Bhandage, KC Cariappa, Shreyas Gopal, Rohan Kadam, V Koushik, Abhimanyu Mithun, Prasidh Krishna, Sharath BR, Krishnamurthy Siddharth, Luvnith Sisodia, Jagadeesha Suchith, Vinay Kumar
Gaurav Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Nitish Rana, Dhruv Shorey, Himmat Singh, Unmukt Chand, Manjot Kalra, Hiten Dalal, Lalit Yadav, Pawan Negi, Navdeep Saini, Suboth Bhati, Pranshu Vijayran, Varun Sood, Anuj Rawat, Vikas Tokas
Playing XI Updates
No changes are expected of Karnataka with Rohan Kadam and Mayank Agarwal doing good with the bat while their bowlers have put in collective performances to stifle opponents on a regular basis. The presence of Vinay Kumar, Jagadeesha Suchith and Rohan Bhandage indicates the strength and depth in their batting unit and will hold them in good stead on Sunday.
Possible XI: Kadam, Sharath, Nair, Agarwal, Manish(C), Bhandage, Vinay, Suchith, Cariappa, Prasidh and Kousik.
Delhi are also not expected to make many changes with better performances being the major concern for the management. Dhruv Shorey and Unmukt Chand got off to starts against Mumbai and their inability to convert them costed them dearly. The bowling is fairly settled with Navdeep Saini at his economical best along with the likes of Bhati and Negi.
Possible XI: Chand, Shorey, Dalal, Himmat, Rana(C), Negi, Lalit, Pranshu, Saini, Bhati and Sood.
Karnataka vs Delhi, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019, Super League, Group B
10th March 2019, 9:30 AM IST
Emerald High School Ground, Indore
Scores ranging between 140-150 are considered par on this pitch with Maharashtra easily chasing down 138 on Saturday. Spinners should find turn while swing and pace is a deadly combination on this pitch as already portrayed by Dominic Muthusamy and Samad Fallah in the previous rounds.
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions
Wicket-keeper: Inspite of failure against UP, BR Sharath is the preferred option with Anuj Rawat not featuring for Delhi in recent games. Sharath has played some good knocks as well to warrant a position at the top of the order, making him a safe pick.
Batsmen: Two of Mayank Agarwal, Rohan Kadam and Karun Nair are a must while the likes of Dhruv Shorey and Hiten Dalal are also very capable of bringing a lot of fantasy points with their aggressive style of batting.
All-rounders: Lalit Yadav has been exceptional with his lower order cameos and is one to watch out for Sunday along with Nitish Rana and Jagadeesha Suchith. Suchith has been in good wicket-taking form and should put in another good shift for Karnataka with the ball.
Bowlers: Prasidh Krishna and V Kousik are must-haves in the team along with India A regular, Navdeep Saini. Saini has been pivotal for Delhi with his incisive swing bowling and should be backed to pick a wicket or two. Subodh Bhati is the competition's leading wicket-taker and should be included in the team without fail.
Captain: Mayank Agarwal and Dhruv Shorey are the ideal candidates for captaincy with both batsmen looking good for a big score in what is a crucial match for both teams. Karun Nair is also a viable option along with the aforementioned duo.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: BR Sharath(WK), Mayank Agarwal, Rohan Kadam, Hiten Dalal, Dhruv Shorey, Lalit Yadav, Jagadeesha Suchith, Prasidh Krishna, V Kousik, Navdeep Saini and Subodh Bhati. Captain: Mayank Agarwal
Fantasy Suggestion #2: BR Sharath(WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Dhruv Shorey, Unmukt Chand, Nitish Rana, Jagadeesha Suchith, Prasidh Krishna, V Kousik, Subodh Bhati and Navdeep Saini. Captain: Dhruv ShoreyPublished 09 Mar 2019, 22:15 IST