The Ranji Trophy final is evenly poised © Getty Images (Representational Photo)
Ranji Trophy final is evenly poised © Getty Images (Representational Photo)


Jan 29, 2014


Rohit Motwani, the Maharashtra captain believes that the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 final is evenly balanced at the end of Day One. Maharashtra had won the toss and elected to bat, finishing the day on 272 for five against Karnataka.


Motwani said, “It seems to be an even-stevens contest till now. Tomorrow, the first session would be important. A partnership can set the game. The important thing is that the set batsmen — Ankit Bawne and Sangram Atitkar have to make a big one. If they bat out the first session, it would be a good morale booster for the batters to come.”


When asked about the total Maharashtra have in mind, Motwani said, “Specifically, nothing as such. I would prefer 400 first of all to keep in mind. Later, as the partnership goes, and the innings progresses, the tail can chip in and take it to 450-500.”


During the day, one could say that some of the Maharashtra batsmen fell to bad shots. “They weren;t great wicket-taking deliveries, but it is a part of the game and we have to deal with them,” said Motwani.