Vadodara: Nov 8, 2012
High on confidence following their comprehensive win over Haryana in their tournament opener, Vidarbha would look to carry on the momentum and go for another outright victory when they take on a depleted Baroda in their second Ranji Trophy Group B match on Friday.
Baroda, who could only manage a draw in their opening tie against Karnataka, will have to play out of their skins against an in-form Vidarbha team, especially in the absence of key players — Irfan Pathan, who had suffered a knee injury in their last match, and an already injured Munaf Patel.
While Vidarbha had secured six points from their victory in the first game, Baroda earned three points on the basis of the first innings lead in the drawn encounter.
Vidarbha though will start as favourites but they would certainly miss the services of their star pacer Umesh Yadav, who is currently on national duty with India-England Test series starting on November 15 in Ahmedabad.
Yadav had taken five for 18 to bundle Haryana out for a humiliating 55 in first innings, while he chipped in with two more wickets in the second innings.
In Yadav’s absence, the team would bank on another fast bowler in Sandeep Singh, who also shone in the first match with eight wickets from two innings.
Besides Sandeep, Shrikant Wagh may also prove to be handy for the team.
As far as the batting is concerned, Vidarbha do not boast of any big names but the presence of experienced batsmen like Shiv Sunder Das and Hemang Badani, both of whom had played for India, would give them confidence.
The hosts, meanwhile, will have to quickly get their act together in the absence of in-form Irfan Pathan, who had slammed a century against Karnataka in the last game to help his side take first innings lead.