About the Match
Delhi’s resounding victory against Assam in their opening match of the Ranji Trophy and the subsequent draw against Maharashtra put them in the 2nd position with 7 points; they will now face Karnataka, which has only 3 points so far after the draw against Jharkhand, on 20th October at Kolkata. Delhi dominated Assam with bat and ball to win the contest by an innings and 83 runs; they did well against Maharashtra too to avoid defeat and will be eager to repeat the winning performance. Karnataka, on the other hand, posted a stiff challenge to Jharkhand and started its campaign on a positive note; both teams will fight hard to keep the upper hand and win the game.
Left-arm spinner Manan Sharma’s superb 5-wicket haul helped them win the match against Assam by an innings and 83 runs after the batsmen put up a tremendous show of skill and determination to post 589 runs in reply to Assam’s 193 in the first innings. Middle-order batsmen Nitish Rana and Rishabh Pant build the innings with brilliant centuries; both players scored 146 each and Sangwan posted a heroic 100 from 87 deliveries that got him the player of the match award in the end.
Captain Unmukt Chand also played a useful knock with 55 from 91 and he has good resources in the batting unit like Rana, Pant, and Milind Kumar, who scored 92 from 114 to support the innings. The bowling squad has medium pacers like Sangwan, who took a total of 5 wickets against Assam; he is a strong all-rounder and can tilt the tables in their team’s favor. Navdeep Saini, Awana and spinner Varun Sood also have picked up regular wickets and they bring good depth to the attack.
In the recent match against Maharashtra, despite Pant’s brilliant triple century, the opponents took a lead as the batting line-up was all-out for 590 in reply to 635 at the end of day 3. A lackluster performance by the bowlers saw them draw the match and they will try to make a comeback here.
They did well in the only match played so far against Jharkhand with opening batsman Samarth scoring 235 runs in the first innings and helping build the foundation; Karun Nair, debutant Kaunain Abbas and Stuart Binny played useful knocks to steer the total to 577 declared. They have a deep batting line-up with experienced batsmen like Robin Uthappa, Mayank Agarwal, Samarth, Nair and Binny that can set challenging targets and chase one in a clinical method.
Spinners Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal, who had a successful run in the recently concluded Karnataka T20 league, picked up 3 wickets each to stifle the opponents while medium pacer Mithun and Binny took 3 wickets between them. The bowlers did well to restrict Jharkhand to 374; batsmen Nair and Abbas posted half-centuries in the 2nd innings to lead the match to a draw.
Pacemen like Vinay Kumar have bowled economically and can contain the run-flow of Delhi batsmen here. Their mix of spin and pace can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with at Eden Gardens.
Both teams have specialist batsmen and bowlers who can help their respective teams dominate on the field; however, we feel that Karnataka's balance can prove to be a game changer and help them emerge victorious here.