Mumbai, December 22-25 at 09:30 AM IST
Mumbai and Saurashtra will go head to head at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai for the next Ranji fixture scheduled to begin from December 22. The 41-time Ranji champions, Mumbai are having a bad run in this season and are placed at the thirteenth spot in combined Group A and Group B standings. In five games so far, Mumbai have failed to secure a single win. With 1 loss and 4 draws they have managed 8 points and this is a must-win game for the champs to stay alive in the race to secure a spot in quarter-finals.
On the opposite, Saurashtra are sitting at the top of the ladder with 3 wins and 3 draws. They have registered two consecutive wins against Karnataka by 87 runs and Maharashtra by 5 wickets in last two encounters and will be looking to continue their two-match winning streak when they face off-colour Mumbai at Wankhede Stadium tomorrow.
While the forty-one-time champions Mumbai are going through a rough patch, they have received a much-needed boost with the return of the veteran pacer Dhawal Kulkarni who was out due to an injury. the Maharashtra Cricket Association has released a 15-man squad including Dhawal Kulkarni which will be led by Siddesh Lad.
Here’s how the two sides may lineup for-
MUM Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Aditya Tare
Batsmen – Siddhesh Lad (c), Shreyas Iyer, Eknath Kerkar, Vikrant Vilas Auti
All-rounder – Shivam Dube, Shubham Ranjane
Bowlers – Royston Dias, Akash Parkar, Badre Alam, Karsh Kothari/Dhawal Kulkarni
SAU Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Snell Patel
Batsmen – Sheldon Jackson, Harvick Desai, Aarpit Vasavada
All-rounder – Prerak Mankad, Kamlesh Makvana
Bowlers – Jaydev Unadkat (c), Hardik Rathod, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Vishvaraj Jadeja, Chetan Sakariya
Mumbai- Siddhesh Lad (C), Shreyas Iyer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aditya Tare, Eknath Kerkar, Shivam Dube, Jay Bista, Akash Parkar, Vikrant Auti, Shubham Ranjane, Karsh Kothari, Dhrumil Matkar, Royston Dias, Minad Manjrekar, Tanush Kotian
Saurashtra- Jaydev Unadkat (c), Chirag Jani, Sheldon Jackson, Kamlesh Makvana, Hardik Rathod, Aarpit Vasavada, Snell Patel (wk), Prerak Mankad, Harvik Desai, Vishvaraj Jadeja, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Shah, Shaurya Sanandia, Avi Barot, Jay Chauhan, Samarth Vyas, Yuvraj Chudasama, Kishan Parmar, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Agnivesh Ayachi
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Fantasy picks from Mumbai-
S Iyer – 208 runs in 2 innings || S Dube – 489 runs and 17 wickets in 9 innings || S LAd – 530 runs in 10 innings || A Tare – 329 runs in 10 innings
R Dias – 11 wickets in 5 innings || S Kulkarni – 8 wickets in 5 innings || T Deshpande – 6 wickets in 2 innings
Fantasy picks from Saurashtra-
H Desai – 412 runs in 11 innings || A Vasavada – 379 runs in 11 innings || S Jackson – 343 runs in 11 innings || S Patel – 317 runs in 11 innings
D Jadeja – 32 wickets in 10 innings || K Makvana and C Sakariya – 13 wickets each || J Unadkat – 9 wickets in 5 innings