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Delhi seeking a win against J-K in opener

Delhi coach Madan Lal played down the 'threat by goons' and asserted that his team was better prepared to win their opening ODI.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 18:23 IST

Delhi coach Madan Lal on Thursday played down the 'threat by goons' and asserted that his team was better prepared to win their opening North Zone Ranji one-dayer against Jammu and Kashmir at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground on Friday.

Lal brushed aside reports of an omitted player using manpower to disrupt the team's practice session couple of days ago and said the team members were in their best frame of mind to take a shot at the title.

"There is no problem as such. All these are just exaggerated stories," he said.

Delhi would like to make amends to their woeful performance in the Ranji Elite championship while Mithun Manhas, who replaced Amit Bhandari as captain, will look to start his leadership role on a successful note.

Meanwhile. Jammu and Kashmir had their own problems to sort out.

The team's arrival, a day before the match, was delayed by about three hours.

And the apathy of the game's authorities towards domestic cricket was obvious when the visitors were still finding their accommodation after reaching the city.

Lal said Delhi would not take their opponents lightly and that they would look to grab full points from the match.

"We would play all the matches to win and take full points from it," he said.

He said that the team would opt for five-bolwer attack, comprising three pacers and two spinners.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 18:23 IST