New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh is into the final of Vijay Hazare Trophy by defeating Gujarat by 5 wickets. For Uttar Pradesh, the in-form wicket-keeper batsman Upendra Yadav (276 runs) and skipper Karan (225 runs), along with experienced Akshdeep Nath will be crucial. Madhav Kaushik and Abhishek Goswami can also give a strong start against Mumbai.
The focus will steadily be on Prithvi Shaw in the Vijay Hazare final. Shaw has played some astonishing and amazing innings including 105 not out, 227 not out, 185 not out and 165 and scored 754 runs so far in the tournament. The national selectors will surely be keeping a keen eye on Mumbai’s captain’s performance as he and his team take on Uttar Pradesh on Sunday in the Vijay Hazare Final. His stupendous 750+ runs make him a strong contender for the three ODIs, in case Rohit Sharma takes rest.
Still, it is not clear whether it will happen or not but the 21-year-old Shaw has definitely learnt his off and on-field lessons very well and has shown in his batting during the tournament. He has shown a consistent performance with four centuries in the Vijay Hazare tournament and it is difficult for the national selectors to keep him out of the mix.
Uttar Pradesh Probable XI
Madhav Kaushik, Samarth Singh, Karan Sharma (c), Priyam Garg, Akshdeep Nath, Upendra Yadav (wk), Sameer Choudhary, Shivam Sharma, Shivam Mavi, Yash Dayal, Aaqib Khan.
For Uttar Pradesh, under Coach Gyanendra Pandey, the players have shown some solid cricket. Yash Dayal (a left-arm pacer) might bring the ball back into Prithvi Shaw’s to which has been a problem for him. However, Dayal does not have paces like Starc’s and Bumrah but along with Aaqib Khan, he can create trouble for Mumbai’s batsman. Thus, other Mumbai batsman needs to play their roles importantly. Be it Sarfaraz Khan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shams Mulani, Aditya Tare, or Shivam Dube.
Although, Shaw has been brilliant in this tournament and holds the record for the highest individual score in the tournament and the highest score by an Indian in a List A chase. But in case, if he fails to come good, another batsman must take responsibility.
Mumbai’s Probable XI
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Prithvi Shaw (c), Aditya Tare (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Shivam Dube, Aman Hakim Khan, Shams Mulani, Prashant Solanki, Dhawal Kulkarni, Tanush Kotian, Tushar Deshpande.
If we talk about Mumbai bowling, it is led by experienced pacers Tushar Deshpande, Dhawal Kulkarni (14 wickets), and the spin-trio of Tanush Kotian, Prashant Solanki, and Shams Mulani.
Mumbai have sealed the Vijay Hazare finals thrice will be looking to close their fourth title. On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh who will be playing their third finals will also try to seal the series on a high note by defeating Mumbai and hold the second title.
Catch all the updates of the match on Sunday at 9 AM.