The Uttar Pradesh camp gets taut with anticipation when speedster Sudeep Tyagi runs in to bowl - be it in the match or at the nets.
That's surprising as the lanky bowler figured nowhere in the team's scheme of things in the opening match against Punjab. The youngster, however, responded by taking 18 wickets in the next three matches. His 6/82 against Baroda not only helped UP to an outright win but also saw the team jump to the top of the table.
So, all eyes would be on Tyagi when UP lock horns with Haryana at the Mohan Meakins Stadium here from Wednesday.
With key batsmen struggling for form, UP will rely heavily on the seam bowling trio of Sudeep Tyagi, Rudra Pratap Singh (16 wickets) and all-rounder Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (12 wickets)."The pitch looks quite helpful for seam bowling, and we hope to exploit the conditions," said UP skipper Mohd Kaif.
He, however, admitted that batting was a matter of concern. "It's time the batsmen pull their weight as a good first innings total will be crucial," said Kaif, who has scored 158 runs from four matches, with 58 being his highest.
Tanmay Srivastava is likely to open the innings with his old partner, Shivakant Shukla, who was replaced by the young Digvijay Singh Rawat, who has scored 102 in three matches.
For Haryana, besides former India seamer Joginder Sharma (15 wickets), former Tamil Nadu player Hemang Badani, would be the key men to watch. Badani, in his debut season for Haryana, has so far done well with the bat, scoring 262 runs with 88 being his best. He is followed by young wicketkeeper-batsman Nitin Saini (216 runs).
While accepting the team's slow progress in the league, coach, Ashwini Kumar, was confident of a good show in the match. "So far, we have garnered six points in three matches and I would like the boys to give a good reply to UP here."
India spinner Amit Mishra, who has been leading the side for the first time this season, after an injury lay-off, would be another key man to watch in the game as a good bowling contest between him and UP spinner Piyush Chawla is on the cards.