After a tame draw against Saurashtra in Rajkot, Delhi will be desperate for an outright win when they meet Assam on Wednesday. Delhi have just eight points from four matches, and they need to pick up maximum possible points against Assam to keep themselves in the hunt for the knockouts.
Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar is acutely aware of the dicey position the team is in. "We should have had at least 14 point until now, but we have just eight. We desperately need a win to keep ourselves in the race," he said.
What would strengthen Delhi's push for an outright result is the fact that they would take on Assam on a result-oriented track at Roshanara Club. The wicket offered good assistance to bowlers last season, and, in all likelihood, it's going to be more or less the same this time around as well.
"Roshanara wicket always offers something to medium pacers in the first hour of play if one bowls in correct areas. Later, it eases out and the batsmen too get ample opportunities to score. I am happy with the wicket and we hope to do well," said Prabhakar.
Delhi is likely to go in with three seamers and a spinner. Vikas Mishra, who picked up five wickets in the last match, is set to grab the lone spinner's berth. Skipper Manhas, however, said the final eleven would be decided only on Wednesday morning. The skipper would be slightly worried as Gaurav Chabra sustained a cut over his eye during a practice session.
Assam, on the other hand, have seven points from their four matches. The visitors conceded three points to Mumbai in the last match. Amol Mazumdar, the skipper, sounded confident ahead of the tough match. "Delhi are a force to reckon with and I just hope we play to our potential," said Mazumdar. Assam batsmen Dheeraj Jadhav and Tarjinder Singh have been amongst runs and the team will depend on them to deliver against Delhi.
The match will start 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time as the light fades early at this time of the year.