The railmen conceded two points to Karnataka, who took an all important 12-run first innings lead in the opening match of their Ranji Trophy campaign. TN also drew their match against Gujarat but carried home a couple of points by virtue of first innings lead in the rain-hit tie at Tirunelveli.
Railways would be looking to their openers Amit Pagnis and captain Sanjay Bangar, who had some useful batting practice in the second innings against Karnataka, to give them a solid start on a wicket which is generally considered to be a batsmen's paradise.
Given the nature of the pitch, the first innings lead could again assume vital significance in the four-day match.
Santosh Saxena, who bagged six scalps in the Karnataka first innings, would again be expected to provide the vital breakthroughs. Harvinder Singh and skipper Bangar would look to provide him good support.
The visitors, led by Hemang Badani, look a settled lot with several of their players having represented the country in Tests and one-day internationals.
Apart from the skipper, the batting would be handled by S Anirudha and Vidyuth Sivaramakrishnan, while wicketkeeper Dinesh Kaarthick, S Badrinath and S Sharath would add muscle to the line-up.
In the absence of L Balaji, who also missed the first match, R Jesuraj and R Naresh will spearhead the bowling. Aashish Kapoor and Sivaramakrishnan would be in charge of the spin department.