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Beware of the spin at Karnail

cricket Updated: Dec 15, 2010 00:17 IST
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Spin is the buzzword at the Karnail Singh Stadium. With both Bengal and Railways looking for outright wins to secure a place in the knockouts, the hosts have laid out a turning track to work to their strength.

Both teams made it clear on Tuesday that spin will play an important role. Railways have momentum on their side after registering a stunning victory against Delhi in the last match. They are on 11 points and a win should guarantee them a place in the knockout stage if Delhi and Gujarat (on 13 points each) concede lead to their opponents, Mumbai and Tamil Nadu respectively.

The teams will name their final eleven only on Wednesday morning but the focus on spin is evident. "Medium pacer Amit Mishra will be left out to give way to spinner Karan Sharma," said Railways coach Abhay Sharma.

For Bengal, skipper Manoj Tiwary will again hold the key. He is coming here after a double.

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, though not at practice on Tuesday, will be the star attraction for the


KANPUR: There are problems aplenty for the hosts and defending champions Uttar Pradesh ahead of their crucial last Elite Group B tie against formidable Karnataka. Key seamers Sudeep Tyagi and Praveen Kumar are out of contention due to injuries; batting has been a flop and they are also unaware about the nature of the pitch despite playing at home.

But skipper Mohd Kaif hopes to overcome all such problems when the two sides begin their tussle at the Green Park Stadium here on Wednesday.

"Yes, we are missing Tyagi and PK in the match, but we have enough bench strength to counter the problem," said

Group leader Karnataka (20 pts) however look favourites in the tie as they have already qualified for the knockout.