South Zone square off against North Zone in a Duleep Trophy 2022 semi-final on September 15, Thursday, at Salem Cricket Foundation Stadium from 9:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST). 

South Zone have one of the strongest batting lineups in the tournament with the explosive duo of Mayank Agarwal and Devdutt Paddikal opening the innings. Right-handed batter Hanuma Vihari will be seen leading South Zone and he’s likely to bat at number three. Kerala pacer Basil Thampi will lead the South Zone bowling attack while Krishnappa Gowtham will take charge of the spin department.

Meanwhile, North Zone qualified for the semi-finals, courtesy of their first innings lead against East Zone in the quarter-finals. Put into bat, East Zone scored 397 runs on the back of a century from Virat Singh. In reply, North Zone posted 545 runs in their first innings thanks to Yash Dhull’s 193 runs and Himanshu Rana’s 149-ball 81. The East Zone side could only manage 102/3 at the end of day four as Navdeep Saini finished with four wickets in the match for North Zone.

South Zone vs North Zone Duleep Trophy 2022 odds

Parimatch odds: South Zone: 1.65, North Zone: 2.11

Betwinner odds: South Zone: 1.642, North Zone: 2.212

10Cric odds: South Zone: 1.57, North Zone: 2.07

Betway odds: South Zone: 1.61, North Zone: 2.20

Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.

South Zone vs North Zone head-to-head 

South Zone have won two of their last three matches against North Zone in the Duleep Trophy.

North Zone’s last victory against the South Zone in the Duleep Trophy was back in 2008.

South Zone vs North Zone Duleep Trophy 2022 squads

South Zone: Hanuma Vihari (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohan Kunnummal, Manish Pandey, Devdutt Paddikal, Baba Inderjith, Eknath Kerkar (wicketkeeper), Ricky Bhui, Sai Kishore, Krishnappa Gowtham, Basil Thampi, Ravi Teja, Cheepurapalli Stephen, Tanay Thyagarajan, Lakshye Garg.

North Zone: Yash Dhull, Dhruv Shorey, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh(captain), Himanshu Rana, Akash Vashisht, Anmol Malhotra (wicketkeeper), Mayank Dagar, Pulkit Narang, Navdeep Saini, Siddharth Kaul, Jagjit Singh, Nishant Sindhu, Qamran Iqbal, Vikas Mishra.

South Zone vs North Zone Duleep Trophy 2022 probable playing XI

South Zone: Devdutt Paddikal, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari (captain), Baba Inderjith, Manish Pandey, Eknath Kerkar (wicketkeeper), Krishnappa Gowtham, Rohan Kunnummal, Sai Kishore, Basil Thampi, Cheepurapalli Stephen.

North Zone: Yash Dhull, Manan Vohra, Dhruv Shorey, Mandeep Singh (captain), Himanshu Rana, Anmol Malhotra (wicketkeeper), Nishant Sindhu, Pulkit Narang, Siddarth Kaul, Jagjit Singh, Navdeep Saini

South Zone vs North Zone combined fantasy XI

Mayank Agarwal, Yash Dhull, Hanuma Vihari (captain), Baba Inderjith, Manish Pandey, Anmol Malhotra (wicketkeeper), Krishnappa Gowtham, Nishant Sindhu, Basil Thampi, Navdeep Saini, Sai Kishore.

South Zone top picks vs North Zone Duleep Trophy 2022

Manish Pandey: The Karnataka batter has scored 734 runs in eight games in the Duleep Trophy at an average of 81.56. Pandey has been one of the most prolific run-scorers for Karnataka in the domestic circuit having scored 6,745 runs at an average of 52.28. The 33-year-old has 21 centuries in First Class cricket and has a top score of 238.

Hanuma Vihari: The right-handed batter is the fulcrum of the Hyderabad domestic side for nearly a decade now. In 102 First-Class matches, Vihari has scored 7,868 runs and has a top score of 302 not out. The 28-year-old has also scored 839 runs for India in 16 Tests at an average of 33.56

North Zone top picks vs South Zone top picks Duleep Trophy 2022

Yash Dhull: The 19-year-old batter from Delhi has scored 672 runs in just four First Class matches at an average of 134.40. Dhul has scored four centuries so far and has a top score of 200 not out. The right-handed batter scored 193 against East Zone in the previous game in the tournament.

Navdeep Saini: The right-arm pacer picked four wickets against East Zone and will once again be a key bowler for his side. Saini is one of the fastest bowlers going around in the Indian domestic circuit and has picked 163 wickets in First Class cricket. The 29-year-old has picked five five-wicket hauls and four four-wicket hauls at the First Class level.

South Zone vs North Zone Duleep Trophy 2022 prediction 

South Zone will have the edge in the upcoming semi-final considering their recent record against the North Zone. South Zone also have a much stronger batting lineup as compared to the North Zone.

On the other hand, North Zone have a well-equipped pace attack and are likely to be competitive in this match.

South Zone vs North Zone Duleep Trophy 2022 playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 33°C

Precipitation: 0%

Humidity: 72%

Wind: 8 km/h

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