This is a revenge match: Ghavri
With four more matches to be played, the picture from the West Zone Ranji Trophy one-day tournament is not yet clear. Mumbai, Gujarat, Baroda, Maharashtra, all have a chance of making it to the knock out phase.india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 22:42 IST
With four more matches to be played, the picture from the West Zone Ranji Trophy one-day tournament is not yet clear. Mumbai, Gujarat, Baroda, Maharashtra, all have a chance of making it to the knock out phase.
However, the present leader, Mumbai would be favourites to be the first to make it to the next stage as they need just a win from their last league game when they take on Maharashtra here on Thursday.
But if you were to ask for Mumbai coach Karsan Ghavri's opinion, the match is important not only because of its impact on the tournament but because Mumbai have a score to settle.
"It is not a reverse match but a revenge match," said Ghavri.
"In the four-day match of the same tournament, Maharashtra had defeated Mumbai in Mumbai and we are eager to get back at them." Mumbai have 10 points from three games and Maharashtra have three from two matches, having conceded a bonus point to Gujarat. Ghavri added that his team has realised the importance of the match and is ready to take on its rivals.
"A win in this match will ensure that we stay alive in this tournament but a bonus point will give us the chance to emerge leaders, and that would be good for our confidence," he said.
"But we would be looking to win the game first."
Darren Holder, director of cricket Maharashtra, said his team too considers this a very important match and is all geared up. Maharashtra have not been convincing with their performance in their last two games. Their batsmen have yet to get going as they were bowled out cheaply, for 137, against Gujarat and struggled to reach the target of 181 in their win against Saurashtra.
Maharashtra need to win both the games if they have to get a chance to stay alive in this tournament. They play Baroda in their last league game.
With their bowlers Ranjit Khirid and Suyash Burkul in good form, Maharahstra would be hoping their batsmen come good against Mumbai. However, Maharashtra coach, according to Holder, had to rush back to Mumbai and would return for the match if it is possible for him.
Mumbai have recovered well from their first match loss to Baroda to defeat Gujarat and Saurashtra earning a bonus point in both the matches. Their bowling, especially medium pacers Avishkar Salvi and Santosh Shinde, has looked in from right through the tournament and batsman Amol Muzumdar has been in the thick of the form right through the season.
And with Wasim Jaffer hitting form against Saurashtra, Mumbai are clearly the stronger team now. According to Ghavri, Mumbai are most likely to go in with the same team that defeated Saurashtra. And Holder said that his team would finalise the playing 12 only on the morning of the match after they take a look at the wicket.
The pitch appears to be relatively easy for batsmen, and Mumbai would be hoping their openers do their job well.
Teams: Mumbai (from): Nilesh Kulkarni (capt), Wasim Jaffer, Amol Muzumdar, Hiken Shah, Bhavin Thakker, Vinayak Samant, Ramesh Powar, Abhishek Nair, Avishkar Salvi, Santosh Shinde, Kshemal Waingankar, Manish Bangera, Ashok Kadam, Rajesh Verma, and Paul Valthaty. Coach: Karsan Ghavri.
Maharashtra (from): Hrishikesh Kanitkar (capt), Dheeraj Jadhav, Mansingh Nigde, Abhishek Raut, Sumit Chavan, Amit Patil, Satyajit Satbhai (WK), Yogesh Powar, Munaf Patel, Suyash Burkul, Anupam Sanklecha, Rohit Jadhav, Sairaj Bahutule, Aditya Dhole, Ranjit Khirid. Coach: Chandrakant Pandit.