Rajat inclusion to bolster Delhi against Railways

New Delhi: After registering their first outright victory against Assam in the previous match, Delhi will look to consolidate their position in their group as they meet city rivals Railways in the sixth round encounter of the Super League of Ranji Trophy, which starts at the Roshanara ground tomorrow.

While Delhi boys led by Mithun Manhas would like to ensure that they can clinch the quarterfinal berth with a match to go, the Murali Karthik led Railways will hope to get at least three points in their bid to move into a safe zone after having logged three important points against Saurashtra in an away game in Rajkot.

Delhi are currently placed second in group A with 13 points while Railways are seventh with six points.

The Delhi side will be bolstered by the inclusion of senior all-rounder Rajat Bhatia who was out of the last couple of matches due to a fracture. Rajat is likely to replace Yogesh Nagar who was out for duck against Assam in the last match.

The team management is also mulling on including young seamer Kapil Yadav who performed well for Delhi in the Zonal T20 championships. The toss-up is between Kapil and Pradeep Sangwan who hasn’t been in good form this season with the ball although his innings of 76 in the last match proved to be an important one in the larger context.

While Delhi’s batting will primarily depend on senior players Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Manhas, but Mayank Tehlan who made an useful contribution of 83 in the last game will also like to ensure that he gets a permanent slot in the middle order.

With the Roshanara pitch assisting the seamers, the task is cut out for the new-ball duo of Pawan Suyal (21 wickets) and Sumit Narwal (13) to trouble the Railway batsmen. Even tall left-arm spinner Vikash Mishra (14 wickets) has impressed whenever he has been handed the red cherry.

For Railways, they will again depend on old warhorses like skipper Karthik, former captains Sanjay Bangar, Jai Prakash Yadav all of whom have been tirelessly serving the team for over decade and half.