In what is expected to be an interesting encounter, Railways meet Baroda in a Group ‘A’ match at the Karnail Singh Stadium on Sunday.
Railways, high after earning three points on the basis of a first-innings lead in their drawn match against Karnataka, will take to the field with the same line-up. With Yere Goud — who scored a century against Karnataka — in good form and Sanjay Bangar too making handsome contributions, Railways are expected to give Baroda a run for money.
“Everyone is in good form and the boys are confident,” said coach Abhay Sharma.
With their batsmen yet to strike form, Baroda will again depend on their bowlers, especially, Irfan Pathan. The left-arm seamer had an impressive outing in the last match against Uttar Pradesh, picking up seven wickets.
Even though they have just one point to show for, Baroda cannot be taken lightly as they have the players to turn the table. While Baroda would love to see their batsmen score some runs, they will have to be careful against Murali Karthik, who already has a 5-wicket haul in the season.
Asked about his team’s strategies, Sharma said: “Instead of thinking about the game, we will concentrate on the first session because I think that will be crucial for us.”
Teams (from) Railways: A Pagnis, SB Bangar, K Sharma, HD Rawle, S Sanyal, YKT Goud, M Rawat (w-k), Raja Ali, M Kartik, H Singh, A Singh; Baroda: C Williams, SS Parab, A Bilakhia, RK Solanki, PR Shah (w-k), SA Gaekwad, IK Pathan, K Panchal, RV Pawar, IS Pathan, SY Veragi.