Do or die match for Hyderabad against Baroda

Published: Monday, January 9, 2006, 18:23 [IST]
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Vadodara:For Hyderabad, who would take on Baroda in the Elite group Ranji trophy at Motibag ground here tomorrow, "it would be do-or-die match", said coach of Hyderabad team N.Rajesh Yadav.

"It is the last league Elite group Ranji trophy match which is very important for them to win by an inning or ten wickets for earning five points, including bonus point, to be able to enter the semi-final round of the match", he told PTI here today.

For the past two consecutive years, they had entered the semi-final round of the ranji trophy match. "This time, it is not easy as they have won only nine points from the five matches that they have played earlier, Yadav added.

Only one inning's outright win over Baroda could ensure their entry into the knock-out stage and that was why they have taken this match very seriously. Yadav said.

The Hyderabad team is still struggling to find its best nucleus. There is reason behind their hope to do well in this match as both the speedsters Zaheer Khan and Irfan are absent from the Baroda team since they are doing duties for the Indian team in Pakistan.

Baroda selectors have made three changes in the team and have dropped Rajesh Pawar, Sunit Singh and Abhimanyu Chavan to give them rest and some other reasons as Baroda has managed to enter semifinal stage by securing 15 points in the five matches that it had played earlier.

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