Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update – Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021, Elite B Group

Jharkhand are expected to register their second consecutive win by beating Odisha.

Saurabh Tiwary. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Match Details:

The Elite B Group match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 will be played between Jharkhand and Odisha at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

This match is scheduled to start at 07:00 PM Local Time and IST.


Jharkhand and Odisha were never likely to make it to the top of Elite Group B, but that being said, the campaigns that they have had has been disappointing. Jharkhand started their campaign with a huge defeat against Tamil Nadu. They showed some fight against Bengal, but is wasn’t enough to get a win.

They managed to get that seemingly elusive win in their last match against Assam. Odisha, on the other hand, are in a worse situation as they have lost all of their three matches. While they fought gallantly against Hyderabad, the matches against Tamil Nadu and Bengal were downright surrenders. Hence, this game provides an opportunity of redemption to both the teams.

JHA vs ODS Weather Report:

It will be cold in Kolkata today, with the temperature dropping to as low as 17 °C by the end of the game. There are, but only 10% chances of rainfall.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The pitch here at Eden Gardens has been a balanced one in this competition, where both batsmen and bowlers have had their good days. A score of around 160 should be the ideal total to defend here.

Average first innings score:

154 (6 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 match played at this venue)

Record of chasing teams:

Won – 3; Lost – 3; Tied – 0

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Injury and Availability News:

Varun Aaron has been ruled out of this competition.

JHA vs ODS Today’s Probable Playing XIs:


Ishan Kishan (c), Virat Singh, Anand Singh, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Shukla, Pankaj Kumar, Utkarsh Singh, Kumar Deobrat, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy,  Monu Kumar.


Vikash Vishal, Bala Krishna, Sonu Kumar Singh, Vivekanand Tiwari, Aashish Kumar, Satya Setu.


Subhranshu Senapati (c), Abhishek Raut, Ankit Yadav, Govinda Poddar, Pappu Roy, Rajesh Mohanty, Rajesh Dhuper (wk), Suryakant Pradhan, Biplab Samantray, GM Choudhary, Sarbeswar Mohanty.


Pratik Das, S Roul, Shantanu Mishra, A Jaiswal.

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JHA vs ODS Top picks for Today’s Dream11 Match:

Virat Singh has been in terrific form with the bat for Jharkhand. He has scored 173 runs at an average of over 85 and a strike rate of over 150.

The vastly experienced batsman Saurabh Tiwary is also having a good campaign with the bat. He has scored 66 runs at an average of nearly 35 and a strike rate of over 125.

Ishan Kishan is not going through a purple patch, as he has only scored 55 runs at an average of less than 20. Even then, he can be a decent choice for captaincy because of his 2220+ T20 runs, which came at an average of nearly 30.

As for Jharkhand’s bowling attack, Monu Singh has been the commander. He has picked up 6 wickets, which is the most by any player from his team.

From the Odisha team, Rajesh Dhuper should be the best pick. He is currently their top-scorer with 89 runs, which has come at an average of almost 45.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Ishan Kishan, Virat Singh

Vice-Captain Options – Saurabh Tiwary, Monu Kumar

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Suggested Playing XI No.1 for JHA vs ODS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Ishan Kishan, Rajesh Dhuper

Batters – Saurabh Tiwary (VC), Virat Singh (C), Subhranshu Senapati

All-Rounders – Suryakant Pradhan, Govinda Poddar

Bowlers – Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Shukla, Monu Kumar, Ankit Yadav

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for JHA vs ODS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Ishan Kishan (C)

Batters – Saurabh Tiwary, Virat Singh, Kumar Deobrat

All-Rounders – Suryakant Pradhan, Govinda Poddar, Utkarsh Singh, Abhishek Raut

Bowlers – Shahbaz Nadeem, Pappu Roy, Monu Kumar (VC)

Expert Advice:

Shahbaz Nadeem has failed to open his wickets tally in this competition, but the experienced spinner has been very economical. Having picked up over 100 wickets in his T20 career, it seems likely that it is just a matter of time for his wickets to come.

Today’s JHA vs ODS Probable Winners:

Jharkhand are expected to win this game.

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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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