Sanju Samson will lead Kerala. Photo: BCCI
Fifth-placed Andhra Pradesh (AP) will take on table-toppers Kerala in the league stage match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020/21. The match will be played at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. With three defeats from as many matches, Andhra Pradesh are already out of the competition and have nothing much to gain from the tie.
On the other hand, Kerala have won all their matches so far and another win will see them inch closer to the next round. The Elite Group E has teams like Delhi and Haryana, who have won two and three matches respectively. Hence, Kerala will have to wait for a while before they make it to the next round.
AP’s batting has struggled so far which can be adjudged by the fact that none of their batsmen features on the top 50 list. In the bowling department, Harishankar Reddy is their only bowler in the top 50. He has five scalps from two matches.
Mohammed Azharuddeen, who recently scored the second-quickest century in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, leads the charts for Kerala. He has 167 runs and has struck at 228.76. Senior batsman Robin Uthappa has also stepped up and scored 145 runs. In the bowling department, all-rounder Jalaj Saxena has 6 scalps. S Sreesanth has dismissed 3 batsmen so far.
My Dream11 team for AND vs KER
KS Bharat, Sanju Samson (Captain), Ambati Rayudu (Vice-captain), Mohammed Azharuddeen, Sachin Baby, Robin Uthappa, Jalaj Saxena, Harishankar Reddy, CV Stephen, KM Asif, Basil Thampi
Kerala: Robin Uthappa, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Sanju Samson (C/WK), Sachin Baby, Vishnu Vinod, Salman Nizar, Jalaj Saxena, Basil Thampi, S Sreesanth, KM Asif, Sudhesan Midhun, Vathsal Govind, Rohan Kunnummal, Akshay Chandran, MD Nidheesh, Abhishek Mohan, Vinoop Manoharan
Andhra Pradesh: Ashwin Hebbar, Srikar Bharat (WK), Ricky Bhui, Ambati Rayudu (C), Prasanth Kumar, Dheeraj Kumar, KV Sasikanth, Harishankar Reddy, Cheepurapalli Stephen, Kranthi Kumar, SK Ismail, Nitish Reddy, Dhruva Kumar Reddy, Manish Golamaru, S Ashish, Shoaib Md Khan, Girinath Reddy, Karthik Raman, Naren Reddy, Lalith Mohan