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Victoria vs Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Today Match Prediction

Melbourne Cricket ground, Melbourne, Australia

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Victoria and Tasmania look to march ahead in the points table.

  • Tasmania have 12 points from 4 matches while Victoria has 8 points from 4 matches so far.
  • Last match between these two teams ended as a draw with just 18 wickets falling in the entire match.
  • Tasmania has bowled the opposition twice only once while Victoria are yet to take 20 wickets this season.

We expect Tasmania to win if rain stays away else Draw will be result.

Tournament: Sheffield Shield | Format: FIRST CLASS | Venue: Melbourne Cricket ground, Melbourne, Australia | Toss: To Bowl

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Sheffield shield is building up towards the middle phase of the tournament with teams looking to cruise to the top. Tasmania and Victoria are currently caught up in the middle of the points table and they need crucial points to move into the top of the table. Tasmania come into this match with 2 draws in their last 2 encounters after having first innings lead and will search for a win in this match. Victoria on the other hand lost their previous game on a tough pitch after series of draws in this season. They are still searching for their maiden victory this season. The winner of this match will move lose to the table toppers in terms of the points.

Victoria Preview

Victoria batting unit were dismissed for just 63 & 132 runs in the last match to lose by an innings and 10 runs. Will Sutherland was their top scorer with 48 runs. Their batters Peter Handscomb, Sam harper, Marcus Harris, Will Sutherland, Ashley Chandrasinghe, and Sam Harper have made centuries in this season so far. Their batters will consider this match as tough day in office and forget it.

Their bowlers dismissed the opposition for 205 runs in a bowling friendly pitch, but they gave a 69-run partnership for the last wicket which shifted the momentum towards the opposition. Will Sutherland, Boland, and McClure picked up 3 wickets each in the match. Mitchell Perry and Todd Murphy have chipped in with crucial wickets in the matches.

Key players: Will Sutherland, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb

Victoria Predicted Playing XI:

Travis Dean, Marcus Harris, Nic Maddinson, Peter Handscomb (c), Ashley Chandrasinghe, Sam Harper (wk), Will Sutherland, Mitchell Perry, Todd Murphy, Cameron McClure, Scott Boland

Tasmania Preview

Tasmania were struggling at 14/3 (soon 95/5) in the last game but their middle order showed character with experienced Mathew Wade making 146 runs coming in at No.6. Caleb Jewell made 53 crucial runs in the first innings at the top. Tim Ward led their team in ultra-aggressive fashion alongside Wade and Jewell to take them to 176/2 in just 24 overs in the second innings.

Their bowlers restricted the opposition to just 216/7 in the last game with Riley Meredith picking up 4 wickets. Jackson Bird and Peter Siddle will be their pace bowlers expected to open the bowling. Spin duo of Jarod Freeman and Beau Webster chipped in with a wicket each in the match.

Key Players: Mathew Wade, Caleb Jewell, Riley Meredith

Tasmania Predicted Playing XI:

Tim Ward, Caleb Jewell, Matthew Wade, Jordan Silk (c), Ben McDermott, Jake Doran (wk), Beau Webster, Jarrod Freeman, Jackson Bird, Peter Siddle, Riley Meredith

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
23
0 mm.
4.69 k/h
From: NE
68%
03h
23
0 mm.
4.37 k/h
From: NE
32%
06h
22
0 mm.
2.67 k/h
From: ENE
76%
09h
23
0.13 mm.
2.82 k/h
From: E
53%
12h
23
0.21 mm.
2.76 k/h
From: ESE
42%
15h
26
0.38 mm.
3.84 k/h
From: ESE
70%
18h
26
0.32 mm.
3.63 k/h
From: ESE
67%
21h
26
0.11 mm.
3.24 k/h
From: ESE
75%

Weather Conditions

MCG will have a fine balance between the bat and ball with the bowlers enjoying their time with the new ball. Batters can have a crack if they can settle down o this track. Spinners might have a small role on this track. The weather will be bright and sunny for the first 2 days with overcast conditions expected on next 2 days.

Venue Details

MCG has been a good batting wicket in the first 2 innings with average scores over 300+ runs so far. We expect the teams to score between 350-400 runs in this match and any score above 250 will be tough to chase in the fourth innings.

Toss: To Bowl

Teams will opt to bat first on this pitch as the ball will come onto the bat nicely once they survive the new ball. Batting might become hard on the fourth day of the match.

Tasmania baters made a brilliant comeback after early collapse and dominated the most part of the last game. Their bowlers have taken 20 opposition wickets only once so far and will need to up their game. Victoria batters will consider last game as an aberration as they have bee piling up runs in this season. Their bowlers are yet to take 20 wickets in a game so far. There have been 5 drawn results between these two teams so far and with rain threat looming for last 2 days we can expect a draw in this match too.

We expect Tasmania to win if rain stays away else Draw will be result.

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Author: Dhinesh Kumar