Defending champions, Delhi have recovered from their opening day loss with back-to-back victories. They now face a formidable Kerala side, brimming with confidence with their overall transformation from minnow to heavyweights in the domestic circuit. Led by Sachin Baby, Kerala have performed immaculately with a Ranji Trophy semi-final finish for their efforts but will have their task cut on Monday, against a top-heavy Delhi side.
Squads to choose from:
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
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
Playing XI Updates:
No changes are expected of the Delhi side that played against J&K. With a formidable top order consisting of the likes of Rana, Shorey and former U-19 captain, Unmukt Chand, Delhi are stacked with talent in the top order. Pawan Negi and Lalit Yadav's pinch-hitting abilities bring a sense of balance in the Delhi side with Ishant Sharma leading from the front with accurate bowling in the first six overs.
Possible XI: Chand, Dalal, Shorey, Rana, Himmat, Lalit, Negi, Rawat(WK), Bhati, Ishant(C) and Navdeep Saini.
Basil Thampi and Sandeep Warrier's form in the current domestic season has propelled Kerala to a win on many occasions. With Vishnu Vinod and Sachin Baby also in good form, both pacers will be key in disrupting the Delhi top order and expose their fragile middle order. Arun Karthik topped the run-scorers chart in the TNPL last year, and is one to watch out for.
Possible XI: Vinod, Karthik, Prem, Baby(C), Azhaaruddeen (WK), Jalaj, Midhun, Nideesh, Thampi, Warrier and Manoharan
Delhi vs Kerala, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019, Round 4, Group A
25th February 2019, 9:00 AM IST
Devineni Venkata Ramana Praneetha Ground, Mulapadu, Vijayawada.
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions:
Wicket-keeper: Vishnu Vinod is the preferred choice for wicket-keeper over the likes of Anuj Rawat and Mohammed Azhaaruddeen. Vinod has the ability to take the game away from the opposition in the powerplay itself, making him a viable option.
Batsmen: Arun Karthik and Dhruv Shorey are great options to have in the fantasy team while the likes of Rohan Prem and Himmat Singh can complement then with their wide array of shots. Sachin Baby is also a possible option to look into and could slot in for either Karthik or Prem.
All-rounders: Jalaj Saxena and Nitish Rana are the perfect options to go along with, considering their ability to influence the game at any given point. Lalit Yadav has been amongst the wickets regularly and could also be a possible inclusion.
Bowlers: Ishant Sharma and Navdeep Saini are must have players in the team with their bowling prowess known to one and all. Along with them, Basil Thampi is more than a decent option with his ability to nail the yorker at will. One of Manoharan or Warrier would suffice in rounding off the team.
Captain: Nitish Rana has impressed in patches and is itching to put in a match-winning performance. He is the prime candidate for captaincy while the likes of Dhruv Shorey and Jalaj Saxena are also amongst the contenders.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Vishnu Vinod (WK), Dhruv Shorey, Himmat Singh, Arun Karthik, Rohan Prem, Nitish Rana, Jalaj Saxena, Ishant Sharma, Navdeep Saini, Basil Thampi, Vinoop Manoharan. Captain: Nitish Rana
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Vishnu Vinod (WK), Sachin Baby, Arun Karthik, Dhruv Shorey, Himmat Singh, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Basil Thampi, Ishant Sharma, Subodh Bhati and Navdeep Saini. Captain: Dhruv Shorey