In another Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Group B clash, Himachal Pradesh take on fellow strugglers Bihar in what is a do-or-die game for both teams on Monday.
With the match being held in Surat, a high scoring encounter is on the cards between two teams desperate for a win.
Squads to choose from:
Ankush Bains, Sumeet Verma, Kanwar Abhinay Singh, Akshay Chandran, Prashant Chopra, Mayank Dagar, Rishi Dhawan, Nikhil Gangta, Gurvinder Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ayush Jamwal, Ankit Kaushik, Ankit Maini, Nitin Sharma, Ekant Sen
Ashutosh Aman, Babul Kumar, Keshav Kumar, Mangal Mahrour, Samar Quadri, MD Rahmatullah, Vijay Bharti, Vishal Das, Vivek Kumar, Rechanshu Shekhar, Yashvi Rishav, Puneet Malik, Prashant Singh, Asfan Khan, Piyush Singh
Playing XI Updates:
Ankush Bains and Prashant Chopra hold the key for Himachal with their knack for scoring big known to one and all. Former India all-rounder, Rishi Dhawan bring a sense of balance to the side with his witty medium pacers whereas Mayank Dagar is one to look out for with his bowling and fielding abilities.
Possible XI: Bains(WK&C), Chopra, Kaushik, Sen, Rishi, Ankit, Mayank, Nitin, Jaiswal, Jamwal and Abhinay.
After a spirited performance against heavyweights TN, Bihar would be delighted with the performances of Rahmatullah and Ashutosh Aman, who were the standouts in the batting and bowling departments respectively. More of the same is expected from them if they are to come close to beating a good Himachal side. Babul Kumar is one to watch out for after missing out against TN.
Possible XI: Mahrour, Singh, Kumar, Asfan(WK), Rahmatullah, Keshav, Prashant, Quadri, Vivek, Aman(C) and Vishal Das.
Himachal Pradesh vs Bihar, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019, Round 4, Group A
25th February 2019, 02:00 PM IST
Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, Surat
Fantasy Cricket Tips:
Wicket-keeper: Ankush Bains is the ideal choice for wicket-keeper with his ability to provide fast starts at the top of the order. His glovework is also quite tidy, which could result in a few more points as well.
Batsmen: Prashant Chopra is the best batsman on show and is a must-have along with the likes of Rahmatullah and Sen. Babul Kumar is also one to watch out for, with Mahrour on the sidelines to replace him.
All-rounders: Rishi Dhawan has consistently dished out match-winning performances for Himachal and should be one of the first names on the team sheet. Ashutosh Aman is also capable of picking a few wickets up front, making him a viable option.
Bowlers: Former U-19 bowler, Mayank Dagar is a must have in the side alongside spearhead, Jaiswal. Samar Quadri and Vishal Das are also good options from Bihar while Prashant Singh can also be considered.
Captain: Himachal openers, Bains and Chopra are bound to score some big runs on Monday and are amongst the front-runners for the mantle of captain. Rishi Dhawan's all-round abilities make him an ideal choice for captain and he should be considered as well.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Ankush Bains(WK), Prashant Chopra, MD Rahmatullah, Babul Kumar, Ekant Sen, Rishi Dhawan, Ashutosh Aman, Mayank Dagar, Pankaj Jaiswal, Samar Quadri and Vishal Das. Captain: Prashant Chopra
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Ankush Bains(WK), Prashant Chopra, Rahmatullah, Mangal Mahrour, Ekant Sen, Rishi Dhawan, Ashutosh Aman, Mayank Dagar, Pankaj Jaiswal, Samar Quadri, Prashant Singh. Captain: Ankush Bains