Andhra and Kerala face each other in a crucial Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy clash which could have a major say in the league table. While Kerala's pace attack paved the way for a massive victory in their first match, Ricky Bhui smashed his first T20 hundred for Andhra against minnows Nagaland in what was a brilliant display of aggressive batting. With both teams bound to field their strongest side, a highly competitive match is expected.
Squads to choose from:
Sachin Baby, Arun Karthik, KM Asif, Basil Thampi, Akshay Chandran, Vinoop Manoharan, Sudhesan Midhun, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Karaparambil Monish, MD Nidheesh, Rohan Prem, Ponnam Rahul, Sandeep Warrier, Jalaj Saxena, Vishnu Vinod, Daryl Ferrario
Hanuma Vihari, Ricky Bhui, Ashwin Hebbar, Bandaru Ayyappa, Srikar Bharat, Girinath Reddy, Pranith Manyala, Prasanth Kumar, Yarra Prithviraj, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Harishankar Reddy, KV Sasikanth, Karn Sharma, Shoaib Md Khan, Dasari Swaroop, SK Ismail
Playing XI Updates:
Vishnu Vinod has been one of the most productive openers in the domestic circuit over the last two years and should be key for Kerala, who should field Jalaj Saxena after his return from India A duty. Basil Thampi and Sandeep Warrier are in good wicket-taking form, much to Kerala's liking and will be looking to pull out all the stops on the likes of Hanuma Vihari and Ricky Bhui.
Possible XI: Vishnu Vinod, Arun Karthik, Sachin Baby(C), Prem, Jalaj Saxena, Azhaaruddeen (WK), Manoharan, Midhun, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Warrier, and Nidheesh
No changes are expected of the Andhra side that destroyed Nagaland courtesy of a Ricky Bhui hundred. The presence of Karn Sharma and Hanuma Vihari brings in a sense of balance in the side with their all-round abilities being heavily relied upon while Bandaru Ayyappa is one to keep an eye on with his knack for wickets.
Possible XI: Hanuma Vihari(C), Ashwin Hebbar, Ricky Bhui, Bharat(WK), Girinath, Ravi Teja, Prasanth, Karn Sharma, Ismail, Ayyappa, and Sasikanth
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions:
Wicket-keeper: Vishnu Vinod is the perfect option for the fantasy team with the former RCB player in good form as well. The other options, Azhaaruddeen and Srikar Bharat bat too deep for anyone's liking paving the way for Vinod's selection.
Batsmen: Andhra openers, Ashwin Hebbar, and Hanuma Vihari are great option to have with their ability to provide fast starts at the top of the order while Arun Karthik's exploits in the TNPL last year makes him a viable option. One of Sachin Baby and Rohan Prem could also prove to be a handy option in the team.
All-rounders: Jalaj Saxena and Karn Sharma are the ideal players to have in the fantasy side with their pinch-hitting abilities and clever variations capable of bringing in a good amount of points. Karn Sharma picked up three wickets against Nagaland holding him in high regards in terms of fantasy value.
Bowlers: Basil Thampi and Bandaru Ayyappa are the spearheads of their respective bowling units, rendering them as must have players in the team. KV Sasikanth is also a handy option to have with his death bowling ability bound to play a part in the match while one of Vinoop Manoharan or Sandeep Warrier would suffice in completing the team.
Captain: Hanuma Vihari recently scored twin hundreds in the Irani Cup match against Vidarbha and has been in sensational form over the last year or so. He is the obvious candidate for captain alongside Ricky Bhui, who scored a century in their previous match.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Vishnu Vinod(WK), Hanuma Vihari, Ashwin Hebbar, Arun Karthik, Rohan Prem, Jalaj Saxena, Karn Sharma, Basil Thampi, Vinoop Manoharan, KV Sasikanth and Bandaru Ayyappa. Captain: Hanuma Vihari
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Vishnu Vinod(WK), Hanuma Vihari, Ricky Bhui, Arun Karthik, Sachin Baby, Sandeep Warrier, Karn Sharma, Basil Thampi, Vinoop Manoharan, KV Sasikanth and Bandaru Ayyappa. Captain: Ricky Bhui