The 2nd game of the U19 Challenger Trophy 2019-20 will be played between India C Under-19s and Nepal A Under-19s at the Gymkhana Grounds in Secunderabad.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (IST) (3:30 AM GMT).
The team from Nepal – the Nepal ‘A‘ Under-19s will be the 4th team to take part in the U19 Challenger Trophy 2019-20. They will begin their campaign against India C Under-19s on Monday. They will be led by Rit Gautam and have several players who have featured in Under-19s tournaments for the country. On the other hand, the Karnataka all-rounder Shubhang Hedge will be leading the India C U19s. The team is filled with the likes of Kumar Kushagra, Arjun Azad and Shashwat Rawat in the top-order.
There is no threat predicted from the rain for this match. However, we could see the cloud covering at regular intervals during the day.
The Gymkhana grounds usually have surfaces that witness swing in the first hour and what follows is something really tough for the batsmen. Due to not so long boundaries here, the bowlers could be in for a long day. If the surface looks dry, the first batting side should aim 270+ total.
Average first innings score: N/A
Record of chasing teams: N/A
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable playing XIs:
India C Under-19s:
Divyaansh Saxena, Kumar Kushagra (wk), Arjun Azad, Shashwat Rawat, Pradosh Rajan Paul, Sourav Dagar, Shubhang Hegde (c), Vidyadhar Patil, CTL Rakshan, Dhanit Raut, Arya Sethi.
Bench – Varun Lavande, Ravi Roshan, Vikrant Bhadoriya, Yousuf Mujtaba.
Nepal A Under-19s:
Rit Gautam (c), Hari Bahadur Chauhan, Akash Chandra, Khadak Bahadur Bohra, Lokesh Bahadur Bam, Bishal Bikram KC, Trit Raj Das, Kushal Malla, Surya Tamang, Sher Malla, Pratish GC.
Bench – Abhishek Basnet, Tilak Raj Bhandari, Gautam KC, Bibek Kumar Yadav, Arun Airee.
Kumar Kushagra finished the Vinoo Mankad 2019/20 as the leading run-getter. He scored 479 runs at an average of 119.75; about 130 runs more than the next best. CTL Rakshan claimed 14 wickets from 8 matches in that tournament. Arjun Azad didn’t play the tournament instead, he turned up in Vijay Hazare Trophy and made decent scores. Hari Bahadur Chauhan scored runs at an average of 44.66 for Nepal U19s with two fifties in five innings.
Captain and vice-captain selection:
Captain – Kumar Kushagra, Arjun Azad, Rit Gautam
Vice-captain – Pradosh Rajan Paul, Shubhang Hegde, Trit Raj Das
Arjun Azad could be seen scoring big runs in this match.
Suggested playing XI No.1 for fantasy cricket:
Keeper – P Ranjan Paul, K Kushagra
Batters – D Saxena, R Gautam (vc), A Azad (c)
All-rounders –S Dagar, H Bahadur Che, K Mafia
Bowlers – S Hedge, Surya Tamang, S Malla
Suggested playing XI No.2 for fantasy cricket:
Keeper –P Ranjan Paul (vc), K Kushagra (c)
Batters – D Saxena, R Gautam, T Raj Das
All-rounders – C Rakshan, H Bahadur Che, K Mafia
Bowlers – S Hedge, Surya Tamang, V Patil
Shashwat Rawat is listed at 8 credits in the batsman’s category. He has been a regular feature in India’s U19 tours and is expected to make a mark if he gets chance with the bat.
India C Under-19s are expected to register an easy win in their first game.