Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22 GOA vs Rajasthan, Round 2, Elite Group E Match Preview, Probable Playing XI and Match Prediction

Dec 9, 2021

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Goa will take on the Rajasthan team in their second match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy this Thursday the 9th of December 2021 at the JSCA International stadium complex, Ranchi. Goa will lock horns with Rajasthan in the 2021-22 Vijay Hazare Trophy on Thursday, December 9, at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.

Goa beat Assam by five wickets in their previous game in the tournament. Their bowlers produced a fine showing to restrict Assam to just 215-9. Lakshay Garg and Amulya Pandrekar were the picks of their bowlers, picking up three wickets apiece.

The bowlers then set up the game nicely for Goa, who overhauled their target in 48.3 overs and with five wickets to spare. Eknath Kerkar top-scored in the chase with an unbeaten 61. Captain Snehal Kauthankar missed out on a half-century, scoring 49 runs. Meanwhile, Suyash Prabhudessai and Darshan Misal scored 37 runs apiece.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan also won their last match, against Punjab. Their pacers led the charge to bowl Punjab out for 219 runs. Khaleel Ahmed put in a stellar performance, picking up four wickets. He was well supported by Aniket Choudhary and Kamlesh Nagarkotti, who picked up two wickets apiece.

Abhijeet Tomar struck a brilliant unbeaten century (104), carrying his bat through the chase. Salman Khan (36), Manender Singh (31), and Deepak Hooda (24) made key contributions, helping Rajasthan get over the line in 49 overs and with six wickets at their disposal.

With the Vijay Hazare Trophy having started yesterday on Wednesday, December 8, a promising performance is expected from Goa under the new captain Snehal Kauthankar.

In the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 cricket tournament, wicketkeeper-batter Eknath Narvekar captained Goa. But, after the tournament, Eknath felt overwhelmed in the triple role of captain, wicketkeeper, and batter. Hence, the association considered a change of captaincy.

Snehal Kauthankar was appointed captain. The 26-year-old has previously led Goa in the absence of a regular captain, but this is his first match as a full-time captain. Snehal has previously led Goa in the age group.


Goa had won just one of the five one-day games last season. But this year, the Goan team has immensely improved as they won two of the five matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Their biggest victory came against the mighty Tamil Nadu by seven wickets. Under Coach Pillai the team plays a new brand of cricket which promises immense growth and better results.

The Goan team faced Assam in their opening game at the JSCA Oval Ground in Ranchi and won by five wickets.

Goa’s second match will be against Rajasthan on the 9th. Then the Goans face the Army on the 11th, Railways on the 12th, and Punjab on 14th.


Match: Goa vs Rajasthan, Vijay Hazare Trophy
Date: December 9, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM IST
Venue: JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi


The wicket at the JSCA International Stadium is good for batting. There will be some help for the quicker bowlers early on. They will need to bowl accurate lines and lengths to make use of the same. The surface should favor the team batting second. So winning the toss and bowling first could be the ideal choice at this venue.


The skies could be partly cloudy throughout the game. The temperature could vary between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius. There is no prediction of rain, so a full contest should ensue.



  • Aditya Kaushik
  • Darshan Misal
  • Amulya Pandrekar
  • Deepraj Gaonkar
  • Lakshay Garg
  • Snehal Suhas
  • Kauthankar (c)
  • Eknath Kerkar (w)
  • Suyash Prabhudessai
  • Shrikant Wagh
  • Amit Yadav
  • Shubham Ranjane


  • Mahipal Lomror
  • Manender Narender
  • Singh (w)
  • Deepak Hooda (c)
  • Salman Khan
  • Samarpit Joshi
  • Shubham Sharma
  • Abhijeet Tomar
  • Khaleel Ahmed
  • Aniket Choudhary
  • Kamlesh Nagarkoti
  • Ravi Bishnoi


Both teams put up good all-around performances in their last match. Compared to Goa, Rajasthan has more experienced players. So they are likely to emerge triumphant on the day.

Prediction: Rajasthan to win.

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