Cricket match prediction today: Ranji Trophy: Without big guns, Saurashtra faces Punjabi challenge in quarterfinals

Saurashtra will miss the services of Jaydev Unadkat, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja when they face Punjab in the quarter-finals at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.

However, under the leadership of Arpit Vasavada, the team wants to show what they are capable of and make the most of home conditions. Pujara and Unadkat have been in and out of the squad for national commitments this season, but the Saurashtra cricketer made history in his backyard by defeating Mumbai, followed by back-to-back victories over Delhi and Hyderabad, in his bid for the top of the elite. I fought. Point table for Group B.

Reality checks have been made in Andhra and Tamil Nadu over the past few games, but Saurashtra’s team management believes they have enough firepower to put on a brave show against the Punjab.

“I played the first three games of the season without JD (Unadkat), Pujara and Jadeja and I still managed to get results. We’ve gotten used to playing without them. We will certainly miss them, but the players are ready to step up and give their best,” Saurashtra manager Neeraj Odedra told Sportster.

And this approach of relying less on the Indian national team is producing results, with Saurashtra having reached two finals in the last three seasons and winning the title in 2020.

The batting department has plenty of experience around Sheldon Jackson, Harvik Desai and Vasavada, but on a typical Rajkot surface, it’s mainly the spinners that help the hitters before they find their way.Dharmendrasinh Jadeja – A left-arm spinning all-rounder – can prove effective.A veteran fighter, Jadeja also strengthened his team’s punching power in the lower middle tier, taking 29 wickets in seven games. This is his team’s best this season. While the situation helps the home side, they will do their job against Punjab, who will miss the injured Abhishek Sharma’s serve. He appeared in the Saeed Mushtak Ali Trophy and was replaced by a young Pukhraj man who was a consistent performer in the U-25 side.

In the league stage, Punjab won 3 of his 7 matches and his remaining 4 games were draws. In the absence of Abhishek, who was a key hitter along with Prabhu Simran Singh, the visiting side will turn to the experienced Mandeep his Singh for reinforcements and supplies.

While the team’s management is confident in the team’s strength, Baltej Singh will lead the bowling division. He has taken 34 wickets in his last seven matches. This is the most by Seaman in his group of elites this season. In the KO bout, the team will pin their hopes on Baltej, who is certainly in the spotlight.

Punjab, at least on paper, seems to fall under every department. But at home, Saurashtra are tough, tough opponents who will do anything to turn the tables on the tour side.

Game starts at 9:30 am

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