PCA vs HPCA Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Nov 03, 2022
We have now reached the semi-final stage of the ongoing season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and Punjab will take on Himachal Pradesh in the first such game on Thursday.
Both the teams have performed well in the group stages as well as the quarterfinals, and there is little separating the two in terms of form. Let’s take a look at how the two teams stack up.
PCA vs HPCA Team Previews
Punjab has had an excellent run in the league stages, winning 6 of its 7 matches, and finishing at the top of Group B. They then beat Haryana in the pre-quarterfinals and Karnataka in the quarterfinals to set up a clash with Himachal Pradesh.
Wicket-keeper batsman Prabhsimran Singh has been excellent at the top of the order and has scored 312 runs at an average of 62.4. Shubhman Gill, who came back to the squad in the later half of the season, has been quite impressive, scoring a century in the match against Karnataka. Abhishek Sharma has proved to be a handy all-rounder, scoring 258 runs and picking up 8 wickets.
He, along with Baltej Singh and Mayank Markande has provided great support to Siddharth Kaul, who is the top wicket-taker this season with 19 wickets. Overall, Punjab looks like a well-oiled machine at this stage.
Punjab Playing 11
Abhishek Sharma, Anmolpreet Singh, Baltej Singh, Pukhraj Mann, Ramandeep Singh, Sanvir Singh, Harpreet Brar, Mayank Markande, Mandeep Singh, Prabhsimran Singh, Shubman Gill, Siddarth Kaul.
Himachal Pradesh has enjoyed a lucky ride to the semi-finals. Two of its matches were washed out, but the team finished at the top of Group D, above the likes of Gujarat and Saurashtra. They won the quarterfinals against Bengal in the last ball thriller, booking a spot in the next stage.
Prashant Chopra has played well at the of the order, providing his team with decent starts. Akash Vasisht has been the standout player for Himachal, scoring an aggregate of 148 runs and picking up 3 wickets.
Rishi Dhawan, Mayank Dagar, and Kanwar Abhinay have each picked up 8 wickets. With such varied bowling options, Himachal can create problems for Punjab batsmen.
Himachal Pradesh Playing 11
AKS Bains, Abhimanyu Rana, Akash Vasisht, Ekant Sen, Kanwar Abhinay, Nikhil Gangta, Sumeet Verma, Vaibhav Arora, Mayank Dagar, Pankaj Jaswal, Prashant Chopra, Rishi Dhawan.
PCA vs HPCA Toss Prediction
The pitch at Kolkata has historically favored the teams batting second. Hence we predict that the team winning the toss would like to bowl first.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The Eden Gardens pitch is known to favor the batsmen. With its even and predictable bounce, batsmen will be able to play their strokes naturally. However, as the game progresses, we might see some turn for the spinners. A score of around 165 can be considered a par score here. The weather on Thursday is expected to be cloudy but there is a minimum chance of rain.
PCA vs HPCA Betting Tips
We are backing Punjab to win this game. While Himachal Pradesh has done well, a man-to-man comparison between the two teams shows that Punjab has a better quality of players.
Bet on a Punjab win.