Delhi holds upper hand in Ranji tie against Mumbai

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Mumbai, Nov 22 (UNI) Former champions Delhi bolstered by the presence of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma hold the upper hand when they take on defending champions Mumbai in a four-day Elite Division Group 'A' league match beginning at the Wankhede stadium here tomorrow.

Both the teams have 8 points after two matches and the winners, either outright or on first innings lead, would take a handy advantage in the race to the two semi-final spots from Group A.

Sehwag and Gambhir are to replace Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Tehlan in the eleven while Sharma, who was drafted in as a cover for injured pacers R P Singh and S Sreesanth in the first Test team against Pakistan, has been released from the Indian squad and was set to join his mates.

Delhi, who defeated Rajasthan outright but were denied a second such win on the trot by Saurashtra at home, will cap young off-spinner Narendra Singh who will come in place of former India medium pacer Amit Bhandari, team coach Vijay Dahiya said today.

The match seems to be a battle for supremacy between the experienced Mumbai attack led by Ajit Agarkar and supported by in-form off-spinner Ramesh Powar against a strong and seasoned Delhi batting line-up revolving around Sehwag, Gambhir, Akash Chopra and Mithun Manhas.

Mumbai on the other hand will miss opener Wasim Jaffer who is on India duty, but will have another India star in youngster Rohit Sharma to fall back upon.

The teams: Mumbai: Amol Muzumdar (c), Sahil Kukreja, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Prashant Naik, Abhishek Nayar, Ramesh Powar, Ajit Agarkar, Iqbal Abdullah, Avishkar Salvi, Rajesh Varma, Vinayak Samant, Bhavesh Patel, Anup Revendkar, Hiken Shah.

Delhi: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Akash Chopra, Mithun Manhas, Yogesh Nagar, Pradeep Sangwan, Aditya Jain, Amit Bhandari, Rajat Bhatia, Puneet Bisht, Gaurav Chabra, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Kunal Lal, Chetanya Nanda, Ishant Sharma, Mayank Tehlan.


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