Delhi aim to pick three crucial points against Tamil Nadu
Delhi is one of three contenders along with defending champions, Mumbai and Saurashtra for the slots.india Updated: Dec 24, 2007 20:39 IST
Delhi goes into their Ranji Trophy Super League tie against Tamil Nadu with an aim to pick crucial points from first innings lead and remain in contention for a semi-final berth from Group A.
Delhi is one of three contenders along with defending champions, Mumbai and Saurashtra for the slots.
With Saurashtra leading the eight-team group with 20 points followed by Delhi and Mumbai with 18 pts each, the dice seems to be loaded in favour of Mumbai and Saurashtra, who are pitted in the last league match starting in Mumbai tomorrow.
Delhi Coach Vijay Dahiya said "our first goal will be to gain first innings lead over Tamil Nadu for three points and then aim for an outright win. A bonus point in the bargain will be an excellent proposition."
About his team's chances, Tamil Nadu captain, Badrinath said "it is not possible for us, virtually, to qualify for the semifinals. But we are taking the match with a mindset to do well."
"We are not worried over Delhi's higher position in the ranking on points for this season. We have improved in both batting and bowling. If we bowl to good line and length, we could get the wicket of any strong batsman. We will be aiming that," he said.
Dahiya said there are no fitness or injury worries. "Our players are fit and raring to go and perform to their potential in the next four days. Nehra (Aasish) is here with the team but he will not be playing."