Karnataka to take on Gujarat in crucial match

Published: Monday, January 9, 2006, 18:23 [IST]
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Ahmedabad:Karnataka will be looking for an outright win when they take on hosts Gujarat in the crucial encounter in the last round of Ranji trophy Elite Group 'A' match at Sardar Patel stadium in Motera here tomorrow.

The match will be important for Karnataka, who with 12 points, are placed second behind Mumbai, which is leading the group with 16 points. An outright win against Gujarat would seal a semi-final berth for Karnataka, with Mumbai being the other semi-finalist.

But the second semi-final spot would be thrown wide open if Karnataka loses or if the game ends without any result or if they manage only 2 points as first innings lead.

This would give a chance to both Bengal and Tamil Nadu (currently tied at 9 points each from 6 games) to score outright wins with a bonus point and enter into contention for a semi-final berth.

Karnataka which is yet to taste defeat will take on Gujarat which will be without their ace wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel who is in Pakistan for national duty.

Even Karnataka would also be missing the services of Champion leg-spinner Anil Kumble who in the last match at Bangalore aided his team win by a comprehensive 167-run margin against Virender Sehwag-led Delhi.

Former Indian spinner Sunil Joshi, who had bagged six wickets in the first innings and had a match haul of 9/97 in Bangalore will be crucial for the team's fortunes on a traditionally spin-friendly Motera wicket.

Joshi will also look at overtaking the Ranji trophy record of 343 wickets that stood in the name of Raghuram Bhat. In the Delhi match Joshi had equalled the record, and in the 81st match Joshi will try to overtake Bhat who achieved the feat in 71 matches.

Gujarat will, however, depend on its young pace-attack led by young Siddarth Trivedi who is one of the top wicket takers for his team during the current Ranji season. Two games old spinner Jayesh Makala who bagged an impressive 4 wickets in the first innings against a strong Mumbai unit in the last match is another name to watch out for.

For Gujarat, the batting department will revolve around veteran cricket Mukund Parmar who will also captain the side. The young likes of Niraj Patel, Nilesh Modi and Azar Bilakia are expected to put up a impressive performance to avoid their teams from confronting any chances of being relegated from the Elite Group.

Both opener Aakash Christian and Kirit Damani (who was out with an infection are back to bolster the batting department which has fired in patches for Gujarat in the current season.

"We will be going for an outright win against Karnataka'', said Gujarat coach Vijay Patel.

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