Saurashtra face Rest of India in the Irani Trophy 2022 on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot from 9:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).

Saurashtra won their inaugural Ranji Trophy title in 2020, however, the following season wasn’t so rewarding for the team. They finished second in the points table in Group D of the Elite Division, two points behind Mumbai, and failed to qualify for the quarter-final. Jaydev Unadkat will lead the side while Cheteshwar Pujara is also expected to feature.

The Rest of India team drew with Vidarbha in the previous two editions of the Irani Trophy but ended up second-best due to a first-innings deficit in both games. In the 2016 and 2017 editions, Rest of India beat Mumbai by four wickets and Gujarat by six wickets, respectively. Hanuma Vihari is the captain for this edition of the Irani Trophy. Yash Dhull, India’s U19 World Cup-winning captain, is also set to make the playing XI.

Saurashtra vs Rest of India Irani Trophy 2022 odds

Parimatch odds: Saurashtra: 2.20, Rest of India: 1.60

Betwinner odds: Saurashtra: 2.21, Rest of India: 1.64

Melbet odds: Saurashtra: 2.21, Rest of India: 1.64

1xBet odds: Saurashtra: 2.21, Rest of India: 1.64

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

Saurashtra vs Rest of India head-to-head in Irani Trophy

Saurashtra won their first Ranji Trophy title in the 2019-20 season. It will be their first Irani Trophy appearance.

The Rest of India team has drawn two, won two and lost once in the last five editions. Saurashtra are unbeaten in the last five matches in the longest domestic format.

Saurashtra vs Rest of India Irani Trophy 2022 squads

Saurashtra: Jaydev Unadkat (captain), Cheteshwar Pujara, Sheldon Jackson, Prerak Mankad, Arpit Vasavada, Chirag Jani, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Chetan Sakariya, Parth Bhut, Snell Patel (wicketkeeper), Harvik Desai, Vishvaraj Jadeja, Kamlesh Makvana, Kushang Patel, Kishan Parmar.

Rest of India: Hanuma Vihari (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Yash Dhull, Sarfaraz Khan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Upendra Yadav (wicketkeeper), Jayant Yadav, Saurabh Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Mukesh Kumar, Umran Malik, Kuldeep Sen, Arzan Nagwaswalla.

Saurashtra vs Rest of India probable playing XI

Saurashtra: Harvik Desai, Snell Patel (wicketkeeper), Chirag Jani, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sheldon Jackson, Arpit Vasavada, Prerak Mankad, Parth Bhut, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jaydev Unadkat (captain), Chetan Sakariya. 

Rest of India: Mayank Agarwal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Priyank Panchal, Hanuma Vihari (captain), Yash Dhull, Sarfaraz Khan, KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Jayant Yadav, R Sai Kishore, Kuldeep Sen, Umran Malik. 

Saurashtra vs Rest of India Irani Trophy 2022 combined fantasy XI

Mayank Agarwal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara (captain), Yash Dhull, Sarfaraz Khan, Sheldon Jackson (wicketkeeper), Jayant Yadav, R Sai Kishore, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya.

Saurashtra top picks vs Rest of India Irani Trophy 2022

Cheteshwar Pujara: The Saurashtra batter is going through a purple patch in the County Championship for Sussex. Pujara has smashed 1094 runs in eight matches, averaging 109.40 while striking at 60.10. He has registered five centuries in the competition with a top score of 231. Pujara scored 191 in three matches in the previous edition of the Ranji Trophy.

Jaydev Unadkat: Picking 67 wickets in 10 matches, Unadkat was the leading wicket-taker in Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy success in the 2019-20 season. However, in the 2021-22 season, he managed only nine wickets in three matches. Unadkat remains one of the most important players in the Saurashtra ranks with his all-round ability.

 Rest of India top picks vs Saurashtra Irani Trophy 2022

Hanuma Vihari: The Rest of India captain scored 165 runs in his only appearance in the latest completed edition of the Ranji Trophy. Vihari has scored 8028 runs in his FC career, including 23 centuries and 42 half-centuries. Vihari scored 134 runs off 255 balls in the first innings against North Zone in the Duleep Trophy 2022 semi-final.

Jayant Yadav: The off-spinning all-rounder picked nine wickets with spells of 5/90 and 4/47 in the recent County Championship 2022 match for Warwickshire. He also scalped three wickets in the preceding encounter. Yadav is also handy with the bat and has registered a century for the Indian cricket team in Test cricket.

Saurashtra vs Rest of India Irani Trophy 2022 prediction 

Saurashtra have a lower win probability in the Irani Trophy 2022 considering their form in the latest concluded edition of the Ranji Trophy. However, the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy champions have a few match-winners in their ranks, who are likely to help put up a sizeable challenge in this match.

The Rest of India team has some of the best players from the 2021-22 Ranji Trophy season. The odds are in the favour of the ROI team as they are expected to be crowned champions after this encounter. 

Saurashtra vs Rest of India Irani Trophy 2022 playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 33°C

Precipitation: 3%

Humidity: 58%

Wind: 14 km/h

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