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Buoyant Delhi look to derail Railways

With an outright win over Assam in their last Ranji Trophy super league match, Delhi will be high on confidence when they take on Railways from Wednesday.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2010 23:37 IST
Shalabh Manocha

With an outright win over Assam in their last Ranji Trophy super league match, Delhi will be high on confidence when they take on Railways from Wednesday.

With two changes to the 15-member squad, Delhi is set to enter the contest with three pacers and a lone spinner at the pace-friendly Roshanara grounds. With experienced Rajat Bhatia coming back into the side after an injury layoff, Delhi will have the luxury of the fifth bowler. Medium pacer Kapil Yadav also returns to the squad at the expense of Parvinder Awana.

The track had a good grass cover on Tuesday Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar said the wicket would assist the seamers as it did in the last match. “Like in the last match, the pitch will have something for the bowlers if the ball is pitched in right areas,” he said.

Delhi, however, have some fitness concerns. Skipper Mithun Manhas had trouble with his groin, while Pawan Suyal - man of the match in the last game for his ten-wicket haul - got hit on his knee during the practice. Chief selector Chetan Chauhan, however, said both would be fit for the match. “They have minor problems and will be fit before the match,” he said.

Delhi, who are currently placed second in the points table with 13 points behind Mumbai, will look for another outright win to be almost certain of a place in the knockouts.

Meanwhile, Railways, who are second last in the table with 6 points, would be desperate to turn the tables on Delhi and stave off the danger of relegation.

Sanjay Bangar will lead the team as left-arm spinner Murali Kartik stepped down after their match against Saurashtra.

“Kartik wants to focus on his bowling, so he decided to step down,” said Railways coach Abhay Sharma. They will depend heavily on opener Faiz Fazal and middle order batsman Sanjay Bangar. JP Yadav, who picked up six wickets in the last match, will be the man to watch out for.

The match will start at 9:15 am, 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time.