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Mumbai looks for full points from Andhra

Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Mumbai:Reigning champions Mumbai are at full strength after missing the services of three key members in their last Ranji Trophy Elite Division Group A clash and are looking forward to gain full points from their third league match against Andhra commencing here tomorrow.

Mumbai were without captain Sairaj Bahutule, Ramesh Powar and opener Vinayak Mane and conceded the first innings lead to Madhya Pradesh because of their weakened bowling attack.

The availability of all three, though there's some lingering doubt about Mane, who's recovered from a bout of Malaria two days ago, gives the hosts a clear edge.

Skipper Bahutule feels Mumbai should focus on playing good cricket and not on points and need to desist from repeating the mistakes made against MP.

"We will have to play good cricket rather than think about points. We need to avoid making the same mistakes that we committed in our last game," said Bahutule.

Mumbai, with only two points from as many matches in their kitty, are eager to boost their tally to the maximum possible extent though Andhra are no pushovers.

Mumbai's weak bowling attack was exposed by MP's obdurate batsmen led by Devendra Bundela and tailender Sanjay Pandey. The latter was content to block his way to glory and ensure a draw after Mumbai fought back in the second innings.

Bahutule and Powar, who were busy turning out for Board President's XI in their three-day tie against South Africa at Jaipur when Mumbai played against MP, would provide the hosts' attack variety and sharpness and give depth to batting.

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