Mumbai to aim for outright victory against Railways

Mumbai: After having chosen not to go for the kill in its previous two matches, an injury-hit Mumbai will look to register its first outright win against a low on morale Railways in the Group A Elite Division match at the Bandra Kurla Complex here on Wednesday.

The move to not enforce follow-on against Saurashtra and Bengal in their previous matches to prevent their bowlers from fatigue has not worked for Mumbai as two of its frontline bowlers – Ajit Agarkar and Avishkar Salvi – have been struck by injuries.

While Agarkar will miss the match due to a back strain, Salvi has suffered a shoulder injury. In addition, all-rounder Abhishek Nayar and Prafulla Waghela, who didn’t figure in the final squad in the first two matches, have also been ruled out.

They have been replaced by Rohan Raje, Kshemal Waingainkar, Sahil Kukreja and Mumbai under-22 skipper Suryakumar Yadav.

However, Mumbai will take heart from the fact most of its batsmen are among the runs, with skipper Wasim Jaffer leading the way with three centuries in four innings. Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten double-century, while opener Omkar Gurav and Ajinkya Rahane too notched up tons against Bengal.

Besides, the lower order led by left-hander Iqbal Abdullah, who scored his maiden century against Saurashtra and scored a valuable half-century against Bengal, too has chipped in with important contributions.

Meanwhile, Railways, who have garnered just two points from two matches, will look forward to skipper Murali Karthik, the experienced duo of Sanjay Bangar and Yere Goud to deliver.

The team will be without the services of off-spinner K Parida, who called it quits after being called for chucking in the team’s previous match against Assam.