Uttar Pradesh and Baroda kick-start their 2019 Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign with a Group B game at Vadodra Cricket Stadium.
Baroda have never tasted a title victory in this competition and will be looking to go deep in the tournament this time around.
Uttar Pradesh, on the other hand, shared the title with Tamil Nadu in the 2004-05 season, while they were the beaten finalists the following season. Since then they have failed to make past the quarter-finals stage.
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UP vs BRD Fantasy Team News:
The biggest surprise was the inclusion of Rinku Singh in the Uttar Pradesh squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The 21-year-old was handed a three months suspension for featuring in an unauthorized tournament in Abu Dhabi.
The Kolkata Knight Riders batsman has been a consistent performer in the domestic tournaments, and will only make the team a tad more strong.
While the bowling department will be led by Shivam Mavi and Ankit Rajpoot. The duo is the regular fixture in the Indian Premier League and expectatuon are certainly high from the aforementioned bowlers.
Former India spinner Sunil Joshi has been named as the coach of Uttar Pradesh Cricket team for the 2019-20 season.
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Since Suresh Raina's couldn't guarantee his participation in the tournament, the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) handed the team's captaincy to Samarth Singh.
The squad mentioned below is only for the first two games, means the UPCA will evaluate the team's performance after the two games.
Samarth Singh (Captain), Ankit Rajpoot, Shivam Mavi, Almas Shaukat, Abhishek Goswami, Akshdeep Nath, Rinku Singh, Hardeep Singh, Upendra Yadav, Mohsin Khan, Mohit Jangra, Ankit Chaudhary, Mukesh Kumar, Saurabh Kumar, Shanu Saini
While Baroda will be captained by Krunal Pandya in the 2019 Vijay Hazare trophy. The 28-year-old also led the Baroda Cricket team in the Ranji Trophy, so the decision was expected.
While his brother Hardik Pandya will be missing the entire tournament. The 25-year-old is not the part of India's test squad for the home series against South Africa and could have been available.
Experienced batsman Kedar Dedhar will serve as a deputy to Krunal Pandya in the series.
Baroda has the squad this time around to make the next round. Last season, they failed to make past the first stage.
Vishnu Solanki (wicket-keeper), Aditya Waghmode, Yusuf Pathan, Kedar Devdhar, Deepak Hooda, Abhimanyu Rajput, Sukrit Pandey, Swapnil Singh, Mitesh Patel, Krunal Pandya(captain), Lukman Meriwala, Rishi Arothe, Babashafi Pathan, Ninad Rathva, Soyeb Sopariya
UP vs BRD Dream11 expected XIs:
Baroda- Kedar Devdhar, Aditya Waghmode, Krunal Pandya (captain), Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Mitesh Patel (wicket-keeper), Swapnil Singh, Vishnu Solanki, Lukman Meriwala, Babashafi Pathan, Rishi Arothe
Uttar Pradesh- Abhishek Goswami, Upendra Yadav (wk), Samarth Singh (c), Akshdeep Nath, Rinku Singh, Umang Sharma, Shivam Mavi, Saurabh Kumar, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohit Jangra, Shanu Saini
UP vs BRD Dream11 Team Prediction