Kerala and Puducherry are not teams fans and pundits expect to see in the semi-finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, but they showed last year that they are capable of causing quite a few upsets. Kerala finished fourth in their group last year.
Heavyweights like Uttar Pradesh finished below Kerala. On the other hand, Puducherry also finished fourth on their group, ahead of teams like Assam and Meghalaya. They both will be eager to go one step further this time and at least get a top 3 finish in the group, if not the semi-final berths.
KER vs PUD Squads
Sanju Samson (C), Sachin Baby, Rohan S Kunnummal, Robin Uthappa, Midhun S, S Sreesanth, Vishnu Vinod, Basil Thampi, Jalaj Saxena, Nidheesh MD, Asif KM.
D Rohit (C), S Anand, Paras Dogra, Fabid Ahmed, Thamaraikannan Parandaman, Sheldon Jackson, Vikneshwaran Marimuthu, A Aravindaraj, Kannan Vignesh, Pankaj Singh, Sagar Trivedi.
Weather Report & Pitch Condition
There is no chance of rain during the match in Mumbai with the temperature expected to be around 29-30 Degrees Celsius.
The Wankhede Stadium is expected to offer a flat pitch and defending a total is generally tough at this venue. Expect the team winning the toss to bowl first.
Average first innings score:
177 (Last 5 matches played on this venue)
Record of chasing teams:
Won – 2, Lost – 3, Tie – 0
KER vs PUD Top Picks
- Sachin Baby was Kerala’s most consistent run-scorer in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019. He scored 225 runs at an average of almost 40.
- Sanju Samson only played 4 games last season, but he was decent with the bat in those games. He scored 112 runs at an average of nearly 30.
- Robin Uthappa scored 139 runs in the last season of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which included one half-century.
- Jalaj Saxena was Kerala’s best bowler in the last edition. He picked up 8 wickets and had an economy rate of just over 6 runs per over. He also scored 48 runs.
- Paras Dogra was brilliant with the bat for Puducherry in the last edition, as he scored 187 runs in 7 innings. He had an average of over 30 and a strike rate of over 125.
Suggested Playing XI for KER vs PUD Dream11 Fantasy Cricket
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Sanju Samson, S Anand, Paras Dogra, Sachin Baby, Robin Uthappa, Fabid Ahmed, Jalaj Saxena, Thamaraikannan Parandaman, Pankaj Singh, S Midhun, Basil Thampi.
Captain: Sanju Samson. Vice-Captain: Jalaj Saxena.
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Sanju Samson, Vishnu Vinod, Paras Dogra, Sachin Baby, Robin Uthappa, D Rohit, Jalaj Saxena, Sagar Trivedi, A Aravindaraj, Sreesanth, Basil Thampi.
Captain: Robin Uthappa. Vice-Captain: Sachin Baby.