With a place in the semi-finals of the ongoing season of Vijay Hazare trophy, 2021-22 at stake, both Kerala and Services will look to outperform and outmaneuver the other when they will collide in the fourth quarterfinal of the tournament on Wednesday. The game will be played at the KL Saini Ground in Jaipur. Kerala emerged as table-toppers in Elite Group D as they won four out of their five matches.
Their only loss came at the hands of Madhya Pradesh on December 9, 2021, at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. MD Nidheesh has been the most successful bowler for Kerala in the ongoing Vijay Hazare trophy as the right-arm medium pacer has grabbed 11 scalps at an impressive average of 16.45.
Kerala are looking really good under the astute leadership of skipper Sanju Samson and will rely on him and batter Sachin Baby to display some magical performances against Services.
Services are also looking like a formidable side under Captain Rajat Paliwal as they finished second in the Elite Group E. Services won four out of their five games and were behind table-toppers Rajasthan by the barest of margins in terms of the net run rate. The only loss that they suffered came at the hands of Punjab who trounced them by nine wickets at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.
Kerala squad:Rohan Kunnummal, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Sanju Samson(w/c), Sachin Baby, Vishnu Vinod, Vinoop Manoharan, Sijomon Joseph, Jalaj Saxena, Suresh Vishweshwar, MD Nidheesh, Basil Thampi, Unnikrishnan Manukrishnan, KC Akshay, Sudhesan Midhun, Faisal Fanoos, Vathsal Govind, Abdul Basith
Services squad:Lakhan Singh, Ravi Chauhan, Mohit Ahlawat, Rajat Paliwal(c), Mumtaz Qadir, Devender Lohchab(w), Pulkit Narang, Diwesh Pathania, Pal Raj Bahadur, Vikas Umesh Yadav, Rahul Singh, Shakti Malviya, Gaurav Kochar, Gahlaut Rahul Singh, Trivendra Kumar, Varun Choudhary, Shivam Tiwari, Jayjeet Jaiswal, Lovekesh Kumar, Ashish Nuniwal
Services have played well as a unit so far in the tournament and will look to execute the same against Kerala on Wednesday.