SRT vs MHA Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Dec 02, 2022
The ongoing season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy has now reached its climax, as Saurashtra will take on Maharashtra in the Finals on Friday.
Maharashtra has never won the coveted trophy in its history, while Saurashtra has lifted it just once, way back in the 2007-08 season. Going by the odds offered by most cricket betting sites, Maharashtra is the favorite to win this contest. However, Saurashtra is not a team to be written off easily.
SRT vs MHA Team Previews
Saurashtra lost 2 of its group-stage matches but managed to top Group-A to set up a quarterfinal against a rampant Tamil Nadu. Saurashtra managed to beat them by 44 runs thanks to some excellent bowling, and then went in to overcome Karnataka in the semis to set up a fitting finale against Maharashtra.
If it is the batting that got Maharashtra thus far in the competition, it is the bowling department that deserves most of the credit for Saurashtra’s success this season. Jaydev Unadkat has led his team from the front, picking up 18 wickets from 9 games at a miserly 3.43 runs an over. His spell of 4-26 in the semi-finals was instrumental in getting Saurashtra to the finals.
He has received excellent support from the left-arm orthodox spinner Dharmendra Jadeja and fellow seamer Chetan Sakariya. The part-time bowlers, Chirag Jani and Prerak Mankad too haven’t been taken for a lot of runs. The batting hasn’t been the biggest strength of Saurashtra this season. Samarth Vyas is the top-scorer for his team with 431 runs, while wicketkeeper-batsman Harvik Desai has been pretty consistent, getting a total of 390 runs.
Saurashtra Playing 11
Arpit Vasavada, Jay Gohil, Kushang Patel, Sheldon Jackson, Chirag Jani, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Harvik Desai, Jaydev Unadkat, Parth Bhut, Prerak Mankad, Samarth Vyas.
The Maharashtra team was in a scintillating form right from the start of the tournament. The team won each of its 6 group-stage matches to top the Group E table, and squared off against UP in the quarterfinals, beating them by 58 runs. The semifinals were a much closer encounter where Maharashtra just scraped through by beating Assam by 12 runs.
Ankit Bawane and Rahul Tripathi did much of the heavy lifting in the initial matches as far as batting was concerned. Bawane is also the top run-scorer for Maharashtra with 571 runs against his name. Ruturaj Gaikwad missed a few matches in between and has played just 4 matches so far.
But in those 4 innings, he has piled up an extraordinary 552 runs at an eye-watering average of 276. He has scored 3 centuries so far, including a sensational inning of 220 not out in the quarterfinals. Talking about the bowling, Satyajeet Bacchav and Rajvardhan Hangargekar have picked up the bulk of the wickets for Maharashtra, while Manoj Ingale and Shamshuzama Kazi have chipped in from time to time.
Maharashtra Playing 11
Ankit Bawne, Azim Kazi, Manoj Ingale, Mukesh Choudhary, Naushad Shaikh, Pavan Shah, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Satyajeet Bachhav, Saurabh Nawale, Vicky Ostwal, Ruturaj Gaikwad.
SRT vs MHA Toss Prediction
As for most high-pressure matches, the captain winning the toss would likely prefer to bat first and get a big score on board to get the opposition under pressure.<br />
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium is flat and provides plenty of opportunities for the batsmen to score runs. That said, it also has something for the seamers, especially at the start of the match. The spinners will get some turn later on as the match progresses. The average first innings score here is close to 250. However, the team batting first will look for a 300-plus score. The weather is expected to be clear and sunny, with temperatures around the 25-degree mark.
SRT vs MHA Betting Tips
We are backing Maharashtra to win this match. The batting for them has been nothing short of sensational, and they are yet to lose a match this season. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ankit Bawane will relish batting on the flat pitch at Ahmedabad, and we can see them scoring plenty of runs.
Bet on a Maharashtra win.
Bonus Cricket Bets
Gaikwad has played just 4 innings so far this season and has scored 3 centuries in them. He has been dismissed just for less than 43 on just one occasion. His scores in the last 2 innings are 220 not out and 168. As he is carrying excellent form into this game, the only way to bet is over 42.5.