The 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy started with a flurry of abandoned games in its opening two days. However, as we move ahead, we can expect a lot of quality cricketing action from India’s premier domestic One-Day tournament. With Duleep Trophy’s conclusion, the 18th season of the tournament also kick-started limited-overs contests for the 2019-20 Indian domestic season. Three-time winners and reigning champions Mumbai won the previous edition in 2018-19 by defeating Delhi in the final.
Punjab started their 2019 campaign with a game against Himachal Pradesh. Batting first, the Punjab batting line-up scored 169-9 in a 42-overs per side match. After posting a low total, Punjab bowlers made a good start with the ball, reducing the team from Himachal to 22-1 in 8 overs. The game was then interrupted by rains and was called-off due to bad weather. The Mandeep Singh-led side will be looking to register their first victory when they face Vidarbha at the GSFC Cricket ground in Vadodra.
The Vidarbha One-day outfit had a forgettable outing in 2018, winning only three games out of their eight Group A matches. The Wasim Jaffer-led side started out their 2019 season by facing Delhi in their opening game. However, due to continuous rains, the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled. As a result, both teams shared two points each. Going forward, the Vidarbha line-up will be looking for a much better performance this year if they want to qualify for the knockout stage. They will now be facing Mandeep Singh-led Punjab side on September 26 at 9:00 AM IST.
Captain: Wasim Jaffer
Wicketkeeper: Anmol Malhotra
Batsmen: Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Mann, Shubhman Gill, Ganesh Satish, Anmolpreet Singh
Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Mayank Markande, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul