GUWAHATI, Dec 21 – Assam and Andhra will start battle for supremacy in their four-day Group C Ranji Trophy match at the Nehru Stadium here from tomorrow.
It will be the seventh match for both the teams. Andhra are in the second position in the point table with 20 points from 6 outings while Assam is at the fourth position with 17 points. In order to stay in course for the top positions Assam need a win or first innings lead in a drawn match.
The wicket here is quite green with ample grass on it. If it remains same then pace bowlers will have a nice time in the morning session. So toss is like to play a vital role tomorrow.
In comparison to Andhra, Assam batsmen are in poor form. Except skipper Dheeraj Jadhav, middle order batsman Tarjinder Singh and to some extent opener Pallav Das other batsmen are yet to satisfy their followers in previous matches. Andhra batsmen, Amol Mazumder in particular, who again became the highest run getter in Ranji Trophy, are in good form and likely to dominate here also.
Teams from: (Andhra) AG Pradeep (capt), T Vamsi Krishna, T Atchura Rao, Shaik Md Basha, Gonnabaltola Chiranjevi, Rajesh Pawar, K Syed Sahabuddin, B Somnath, K Bharat Reddy, Amol Mazumder, Prasant Kumar, D Shiva Kumar, B Sudhakar, MU M Sriram. Coach-Kaushik Patel.
(Assam): Dheeraj Jadhav, Pallav Das, Amit Sinha, Gokul Sharma, Tarjinder Singh, Sib Sankar Roy, Rajdeep Das, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Arup Das, Dhiraj Goswami, Arlen Konwar, Deepak Gohain, Pritom Debnath, Syed Mohammad, Chandan Rawat.
Umpires: Nitin Pandit (Vidarbha), Rohan Pandit (Mumbai). Match referee: Basudev Oka (Maharashtra). Match will start at 8.30 am.