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Delhi take on resurgent TN

Published: 24th November 2012 10:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th November 2012 10:16 AM   |  A+A-

Two teams with ma­tching firepower will come fa­ce to face when hosts Delhi ta­ke on an impressive Tamil N­adu in what promises to be a battle of equals in a fourth ro­und Ranji Trophy Group B en­counter at the Feroz Shah Kotla starting Saturday.

Both Delhi and Tamil Nadu ha­ve eight points each after th­­i­rd round of matches but th­e hosts are placed second on the points table on account of a better net run-rate while Ta­m­il Nadu occupy the third sp­ot. The two sides match up pr­etty well as both boast of an impressive batting and bowli­ng line-ups which promises an engrossing four-day tie.

Having lost their first match against Uttar Pradesh with a fu­ll-strength side, a relatively yo­­­u­nger side led by Shikhar D­h­­­­awan made amends ag­a­i­­n­st minnows Odisha by pocketing seven points.

However, their last match ag­ainst Baroda ended in a ba­r­ren draw with both teams ge­­tting a point each after the ho­sts were unable to surpass the visitors’ first innings total of 561. Delhi’s listless bowling display against Baroda raised ma­ny eyebrows as they conce­ded runs in excess of 500 with on­ly Parvinder Awana making a statement with a four-wicket haul.

Last year’s finalists Tamil Nadu, on the otherhand, might miss the services of their regular opener Murali Vijay, who is currently on national duty for the second Test against England which started in Mumbai on Friday. However, the right-hander is not a part of the playing eleven.

If Vijay is not released by the team management ahead of tie against Delhi, then visitors may well go ahead with Arun Karthik to partner Abhinav Mukund at the top.

Promising youngster Baba Aprajith has been in great form and he, along with Dinesh Karthik, Mukund, S Badrinath and few others, could turn the strategies of Delhi bowlers upside down.

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