Eyeing their second title win in the tournament, a confident Delhi will take on a spirited Gujarat in the day-night ODI final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, on Monday.
If Delhi, who won their only Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2012-13, have banked on their bowlers all this while then bowling all-rounder Axar Patel has given Gujarat the much-needed impetus in crunch times.
For Delhi, Shikhar Dhawan, who was unable to muster enough runs in the recently-concluded South Africa tour and also in this tournament, will be determined to make a statement before embarking on India’s tour to Australia, especially against the most successful bowler Axar, who has taken 19 wickets in the season.
Captain Gautam Gambhir will be heartened by his bowling attack led by Ishant Sharma and Pawan Negi, but he knows that individual brilliances apart his batsmen have been far from consistent.
Unmukt Chand’s unbeaten 80 in the semi-final against Himachal Pradesh brought welcome cheers for the Delhi team before the summit clash.
Dhawan, Gambhir, Chand and Ishant will be the players on whom Delhi will banking on to see off the Parthiv Patel-led Gujarat.
Gambhir’s side will go into the match with an advantage of having played their quarter-final and semis matches at this venue, unlike Gujarat who played their previous matches at Alur, better-known as a batting wicket.
Gujarat may find it difficult to adjust to these conditions because of the two-paced movement of the track as some balls are keeping low and some others scooting off the deck, which makes batting that much difficult.
Ishant may have bowled well in patches but has enough experience in his kitty to send shivers down the opposition anytime, and moreover Subodh Bhati and Pawan Negi have been admirably effective.