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MP to challenge Delhi with young Turks

Published: Friday, December 3, 2004, 23:48 [IST]
 
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New Delhi:A young and talented Madhya Pradesh team will challenge Delhi at their home ground in their fourth Elite Group A Ranji Trophy league match beginning here tomorrow.

The visitors, who have maintained a clean slate so far despite facing defending champions Mumbai and a strong Karnataka, would now press for an outright win this time to boost their chances for further progress in the premier domestic cricket competition.

They have just two points from the drawn match against Mumbai in the second round and although they could not bag any point against Karnataka in the third round, they did well to stave off a defeat. They are now tied with three other teams on two points in the group.

On the other hand, Delhi would be determined to capitalise on their home advantage in this match as they get to host only one more tie at the Jamia Milia ground. Their last two matches are away encounters with Bengal and Mumbai.

With the competition at the mid-way stage, Delhi, who have drawn all the three previous matches against Gujarat, Andhra and Railways, clinching two points from each tie, are safely placed second in the Group with six points.

Delhi do enjoy an upper-hand with an in-form skipper Ajay Jadeja leading them from the front. Their other batsmen, including Rajat Bhatia, Varun Kumar and Shikar Dhawan are also in fine nick while bowling rests in the safe hands of Amit Bhandari and Sanjay Gill.

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