Karnataka to take on TN in crucial match

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:The hosts Karnataka take on an off colour Tamil Nadu in the crucial Ranji Trophy Elite Group 'A' tie being played in M Chinnaswamy stadium here from Tuesady.

The former champions Karnataka, who had the mixed results so far with two wins and equal amount of drawn games and a big defeat against Baroda, have to win this tie to stay alive in the nation's premier tournament, while Tamil Nadu, who languishes in the bottom half of the table with four points and yet to taste a win, is also likely to go all out despite fielding an youthful team,

The hosts have debuted all rounder Gaurav Dhiman in place of Stuart Binny and would sorely miss the service of pace bowler N C Aiyappa, who is nurturing an ankle injury.

Much was expected from the Karnataka batsmen who let down the team in Ananthpur against Andhra after the bowlers meritoriously performed to put the rivals on the mat with paltry total.

Karnataka Coach Venkatesh Prasad said the team would do well against inexperienced opponents to stay on course for knock-out stages.

Passing through a transition, Tamil Nadu has come with a relatively young team with Hemang Badani being the only popular player.

Tamil Nadu Coach W V Raman said the team was on a building up mode and the players, most of them youngsters, would put up a spirited display against Karnataka in their home town.

Raman was all praise for opener M Vijay stating that the University lad had been performing well and had been a consistent scorer in the opening slot.


Karnataka: K T Yere Goud (Captain), Robin Uthappa, Barrington M Rowland, Bharat Chipli, C Raghu, V S Thilak Naidu (WK), B Akhil, Sunil B Joshi, R Vinay Kumar, K P Appanna, Deepak A Chougule and Gaurav S Dhiman. B K Venkatesh Prasad (Coach)

Tamil Nadu: S Badrinath (Captain) M Vijay, s Anirudha, R Prasanna, S Sharath, R Ashwin, C Suresh, V Yo Mahesh, R Naresh, K Varun Kumar (WK), R Sathish, Hemang K Badani, R Jesuraj, C Ganapathy and K Vasudevadas. Workeri Venkat Raman (Coach)


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