Skipper Mohit Sharma will be hungry to take Haryana to a win and seal a Ranji Trophy quarterfinal berth when they face a struggling Tripura in the group C fixture beginning here tomorrow.
The 28-year-old seamer, who has featured in 26 ODIs and eight T20Is, will be looking to fully use the ‘neutral’ Eden Gardens wicket which has hosted four matches this season with none of them lasting the distance.
The success mantra has been simple — win the toss, elect to field and bowl the opposition out cheaply and win inside four days.
All the four teams — Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Assam and Maharashtra — followed the same road to victory as toss will once again play a crucial role.
However, Tripura skipper Manisankar Murasingh did not agree: “The pitch looks fresh this time and I think the match will last all four days this time.”
Already out of contention, Tripura will hope to dash the hopes of Haryana, who have same points as second-placed Andhra Pradesh (25) and will be eyeing three points from their last league match to become the second team after leaders Hyderabad to make the last eight stage.
Skipper Sharma, who is Haryana’s leading wicket-taker (24 from eight matches), will lead their bowling attack, while opener Nitin Saini will be their batting mainstay.
Tripura will hope to sort out their batting frailty, while in bowling much will depend on the seam-spin combination of Murasingh and leftarm orthodox Gurinder Singh.