Time for Delhi players to pull up their socks

Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Delhi would be banking on their slow bowlers to deliver the goods when they take on Bengal in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group 'A' cricket league match starting here tomorrow.

With Ferozeshah Kotla undergoing preparations for hosting the second Test against Sri Lanka, the four-day second round match would be played at the Jamia Millia University ground.

The JMU track traditionally favours the spinners and it looks to play no different this time.

In the women's Test played at the same venue last week, off-spinner Nitu David did the damage before the touring English eves held on for a draw.

Having failed to score a point against Mumbai at Kotla, the pressure will be that much more on Madan Lal's wards.

"We have to pull up our socks. We have prepared a turner and it is upto the spinners to get the maximum out of it," said the Delhi coach on the eve of the match.

But how much JMU gives Delhi, who will be hosting Maharashtra and Gujarat in the next rounds, the home advantage remains to be seen.

Delhi have included Rahul Sanghvi and left out Aditya Jain while Abhinav Bali makes way for Shikhar Dhawan who missed the first match as he played for Board President's XI.

Bengal coach Paras Mhambrey was not happy with the pitch.

"It is underprepared, but I don't know if they did not really have the time or chose to give us a wicket like that.

"But we have the spinners to do the job, Bengal is not all about Shib Shankar Paul and Ranadeb Bose," he said.

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