About the Match
After losing the opening match to Jharkhand, Maharashtra put up a better performance against Delhi to draw the match and get 3 points; they will now take on Saurashtra, who also have 3 points, on 20th October at Vizianagaram. Both teams will be determined to improve their group rankings and will try to bring out all their firepower here; it needs to be seen which side can keep its nerves cool and push the limits to emerge victorious here.
Gugale posted a brilliant triple ton, remaining unbeaten in the first innings of the match against Delhi; his 351 off 521 deliveries was a tremendous display of skills and determination, which helped Maharashtra post a massive 635. Bawne, coming in at No.4, was superb with the bat as he scored an unbeaten 258; they took a lead but the bowlers couldn’t stop Delhi from drawing the match.
Speedster Sayyed and spinner Khurana took 3 wickets each while Munde, Tripathi and Bachhav contributed with 4 wickets between them. They have good variety in spin and pace, and can try to choke the opponent’s run-flow in the upcoming match. In the game against Jharkhand, Jadhav and Bawne tried their best to revive the first innings but they could manage only 210 runs in the end.
The batting line-up put up a lacklustre performance in the 2nd innings too and they could muster only 188 runs, which the bowlers failed to defend despite a brilliant show by fast-bowler Sanklecha, who took 5 wickets at an economy of less than 3 runs per over, and medium-pacer Mundhe taking 4 wickets in the first innings. They have a talented squad with bat and ball; they will try to strategize well against Saurashtra in order to come out trumps this time around.
An inspiring performance by the bowlers against Odisha in the first innings saw them restrict the opponent to 228 all-out; however, the dismal effort by the top-order batsmen failed to build upon the momentum and they lost the match by 32 runs in a heart-wrenching manner. Spinner DA Jadeja took 4-67 in 24 overs while medium-pacers Jani, Punia and Sanadia took 2 wickets each; Punia repeated the good performance in the 2nd innings taking 5-39 in less than 12 overs while Jaydev Unadkat claimed 3 wickets with his disciplined spell. Pujara will possibly return to the squad increasing their batting prowess to more than ever.
The batting line-up put up some fight with Jogiyani posting 68 from 295 balls while Jackson and Vasavada scored 40+ runs each but it wasn’t enough to chase down the target of 212 runs. Batsmen like Dodia, Vyas and Shah, who had posted a well-made 64 in the first innings, crumbled under pressure and couldn’t turn it into a draw.
Against Rajasthan, Shah had led from the front with a superb 193 from 228 deliveries to help post 430 in the first innings; Sanandia had then wreaked havoc on the opponents by taking 6-14 in less than 10 overs but the match ended in a draw. They have a tight bowling unit which can definitely turn the tide in their favor here.
Saurashtra has performed better than Maharashtra till now and they enjoy a better position on the table; and, we feel that Maharashtra can pack a punch with the bat to come out as the winner