Time: Feb 17, 9.30AM IST
Venue: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
The wicket is expected to be on the slower side. Therefore, the seamers are unlikely to get much purchase. Expect the spinners to play a big role.
Probable 11 for Saurashtra: Sheldon Jackson (wk), Arpit Vasavada, Cheteshwar Pujara, Aditya Jadeja, Kamlesh Makvana, Prerak Mankad, Jaydev Unadkat (c), Chetan Sakariya, Dharmendra Singh Jadeja, Jay Chauhan, Devang Karamta
Probable 11 for Mumbai: Prithvi Shaw (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ajinkya Rahane, Aditya Tare (wk), Sarfraz Khan/Armaan Jaffer, Shams Mulani, Shivam Dube, Arjun Tendulkar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Royston Dias, Tanush Kotian/Mohit Avasthi
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Cheteshwar Pujara has been struggling for form lately. He has registered only one half-century in his last six Tests. That said, Pujara is only the third player to slam seven double-centuries in Ranji Trophy.
Ajinkya Rahane too has been experiencing a rough patch in red-ball cricket. After scoring a hundred against Australia in 2020, he has averaged 20.25 in 27 innings. However, Rahane too is a giant in domestic cricket.
Sheldon Jackson loves scoring against the Mumbai attack. His last four innings against Mumbai read 85, 11, 95, 57.
With the pitch offering assistance to the spinners, Dharmendra Singh Jadeja is expected to be amongst the wickets. He nailed 7 Mumbai batters at Rajkot in 2020.
Jaydev Unadkat will lead the seam attack for Saurashtra. He picked up six wickets against Mumbai in the 2018 season. He also bagged five wickets in his last three Indian ODI Trophy games in December 2021.
Shams Mulani walked away with the Player of the Match award when the two teams last met in 2020 at Rajkot. He scored 152 runs and took five wickets.
Skillful seamer Chetan Sakariya is expected to operate with the new ball. He ended up with a five-wicket haul in the Indian ODI Trophy game against Tamil Nadu.
Royston Dias has taken 7 wickets in his last two outings against Saurashtra; the tourists will hope for his left-arm seam bowling to come good.
Mumbai and Saurashtra last locked horns in 2020. Although Mumbai came close to winning the game, Saurashtra battled hard to ensure a draw. Back in 2018 too, both sides settled for a draw.
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