UP laid low reigning champions and hosts Mumbai yesterday which should give them a big confidence-boost ahead of tomorrow's title-clash at the Wankhede Stadium.
UP, without their key player Mohd Kaif, were served well by youngster Suresh Raina who turned in a superb all-round display. Raina cracked 72 and also picked up 4 for 33 with hisoff-spin bowling.
Tamil Nadu too came through a tough semi-final against last year's runners-up Bengal, riding on Sriram's five-wicket haul and Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan's century.
Man-to-man, the southerners appear to be the better outfit to clinch the crown though limited overs cricket is a very unpredictable affair.
Tamil Nadu have brought in collegian left-arm medium pacer R Naresh to replace Sriram who has been included in the Indian squad for the last two One-Day Internationals againstPakistan.
"We are very confident of winning the title as we have a good team. UP must be a good side, having beaten a top team like Mumbai. We are not underestimating them," TN manager R V Radhakrishnan said on the eve of the clash.
UP coach, former left-arm spinner Rajinder Singh Hans, too expressed confidence that his young team would lift the title. "We are confident and hope to do well."