Kerala starts as favourite
Perinthalmanna: Enjoying a slender edge Kerala, are expected to go all out for a win, when they meet Vidarbha in their four-day Ranji trophy Plate League match at the Perinthalmanna Cricket Stadium, beginning on Wednesday.
Kerala have six points from two drawn matches against Services and Jammu and Kashmir, while Vidarbha has 3 points from their match against Andhra Pradesh, but had lost to Maharashtra, despite taking the first innings lead.
Kerala batting line-up looks very strong with centurians in the last match opening batsman V A Jagadeesh and Robert Fernandez, veteran Sreekumaran Nair has been in brilliant form both with the bat and ball. He had scored a century against Services in the first match at Delhi.
Batsmen Abhishek Hegde and Rohan Prem are also in good nick. Kerala captain Raiphy vincent Gomez, who was rested in their previous match against JK owing to an ankle injury, was likely to play.
On the other hand Vidarbha’s fortune depends on R Paradkar, who had belted a ton against Andhra Pradesh, A Deshpande, A Paunikar and Kolhar.
However, Vidarbha were routed in their match against Maharashtra. In their second innings Vidarbha were bundled out for a paltry 61 runs, by the Maharashtra bowlers, who went on to register a ten wicket victory.
The rains that has been lashing the state during the last few days might cause some concern for the organisers.