Delhi to bank on Virat in a do-or-die encounter against Mumbai

Updated: Dec 14, 2010, 15:34 PM IST

New Delhi: Hosts Delhi will bank heavily on their premier batsman Virat Kohli as they take on defending champions Mumbai in a do-or-die final group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy which will start at the Roshanara ground from on Wednesday.

After their shock defeat against Railways in the last game, the Mithun Manhas led Delhi side will be keen to put aside the disappointment and aim for an outright win in order to qualify for the knock-out stages.

For Mumbai, it will be a match where they will play more for pride rather than anything else as they qualified for the quarter-finals well in advance with two matches in hand.

With Virat and regular captain Mithun Manhas coming back into the side, the middle-order which looked brittle against Railways will bear a solid look.

While Virat scored back-to-back centuries in the first two Ranji Trophy encounter against Bengal and Tamil Nadu, it was skipper Mithun’s century that made the difference when Delhi registered their only outright win against Assam.

“I don’t think the defeat in the last match will be of any consequence when the players get out in the field tomorrow. We have a few important players like Virat Kohli coming back and that will definitely bolster the side,” Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar said.

As far as the team is concerned, Delhi might go in with a four-pronged pace attack if left-arm spinner Vikash Mishra who has a stiff calf muscle doesn’t recover in time.

If Mishra doesn’t play, Parwinder Awana along with Sumit Narwal, Pradeep Sangwan and Pawan Suyal.

Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer, who is the leading run-scorer in the Super League currently said that there is no room for complacency when Mumbai takes on Delhi.

“Even if we have already qualified doesn’t mean that we will take Delhi lightly. We can’t let lacklustre performance affect us. A good performance will give us confidence when get into the knock-out stage of the competition,” Jaffer said.

Mumbai have rested senior offie Ramesh Powar and seamer Dhawal Kulkarni for this match. However side’s batting still bears a formidable look with domestic run-machines like Jaffer, Ajinkya Rahane along with the very talented Rohit Sharma and Abhishek Nayar in the side.