After an intense battle between 38 sides, which lasted for over three weeks. We are now just a day away from witnessing the grand final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021. The grand domestic tournament which started on the 20th of February will feature Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai taking on each other this Sunday, at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
The two-times champions Mumbai who last lifted the trophy in 2006, will be hoping they can bring home the cup after a gap of 14 years. Uttar Pradesh on the other hand started their campaign as the underdogs but have done a commendable job to overcome the odds and make it to the finals.
All eyes will be focused on Mumbai’s captain Prithvi Shaw, who is on a phenomenal run already topping the run charts with consecutive centuries and a double century. Getting him out early will be one of the main goals, as Uttar Pradesh pushes for a win. Uttar Pradesh left-arm pacer Yash Dayal with the swinging ball will fancy his chances testing the in-form batsman.
Uttar Pradesh so far has played some steady cricket as a unit with everyone in the team chipping in. Tomorrow as the teams meet in the field, The highest run-scorer goes against the tournament's highest wicket-taker. Will Prithvi Shaw bat Uttar Pradesh out of the game or Shivam Sharma cause an early upset?
Match Toss Time: 08:30 Local (03:00 GMT)
Match Start Time: 09:00 Local (03:30 GMT)
Match Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
The weather poses no threat for the game as clear skies are expected throughout the course of the day. The temperature is forecasted to be hovering in the 27-22 degree Celsius and the humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 44 percent mark.
As we saw in the semi-finals between Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, the pitch was well in favor of the bowlers and the runs seemed tough to come. It would be interesting to see how the Mumbai side approach this crucial encounter. They have been doing a great job in chasing down targets but given the scenario, the teams will be looking to bat first. Any score in excess of 280 could put the chasing team in a spot of bother.
Uttar Pradesh have defied many odds to make it to the grand finals. They feature a relatively inexperienced side and despite not having the big names in their side have managed to defeat some really well-established sides. Their skipper and the management will be looking to feature the same Xl as of the semi-finals as there seem no reasons to fiddle with the winning combination. The 27-year old all-rounder Akshdeep Nath and in-form Shivam Sharma will once again hold the key for Uttar Pradesh in this crucial encounter.
Mumbai on the other hand have the best batsman in the tournament- Prithvi Shaw. The 21-year old opener who faced a lot of criticism for his poor performance in the latest concluded Test series in Australia, once again showed why he is one of the best at home conditions. Though he has a lot of room for improvement in the seaming tracks.
Shaw has been a brutal force in the subcontinent conditions and he will be hoping he can finish the tournament on a high by winning his team their third title. No changes are expected from the Mumbai side.
Probable Playing XI
Uttar Pradesh (U.P): Karan Sharma (c), Priyam Garg, Madhav Kaushik, Akshdeep Nath, Upendra Yadav (wk), Sameer Choudhary, Samarth Singh, Shivam Sharma, Shivam Mavi, Yash Dayal, Aaqib Khan
Mumbai (MUM): 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
UP vs MUM Fantasy Team
Upendra Yadav, Aditya Tare, Priyam Garg, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Prithvi Shaw, Karan Sharma, Akshdeep Nath, Shams Mulani, Aman Hakim Khan, Prashant Solanki, Dhawal Kulkarni
Captain: Prithvi Shaw (MUM), Aditya Tare(MUM)
Vice-Captain: Akshdeep Nath (UP), Karan Sharma (UP)
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