When East Zone play Central Zone on Monday,the result will hardly matter. East only have to deny their opponents a bonus point to top Group A and ensure a final spot in the Deodhar Trophy,but skipper Manoj Tiwary remains concerned about his new-ball bowlers and Bengal state mates Ranadeb Bose and Ashoke Dindas form.
The pitch to be used at the Ravenshaw College ground for Mondays game is the same that produced more than 500 runs in the first match. And while his batsmen have stuck form,it is the dodgy East bowling that makes Tiwary clear that he will prefer batting second if he wins the toss.
The toss is important. If they (Central) bat second,they will have a clear idea about what will be needed to win with a bonus point. They have some big names but we are not unduly concerned. I think we just have to be a bit watchful against Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Tiwary said.
Central Zone coach Gyanendra Pandey,meanwhile,has called the India stars in his team to pull up their socks. RP Singh,Piyush Chawla and Murali Kartik were far from impressive in the opener while right-arm pacer Bhuvaneshwar has been the lone impressive bowler,swinging it both ways.
East Zone have five points so far,while Central are yet to open their account. However,a win with a bonus point will send Kaif & Co to the final as it will give them five points,while East will drop to four.
In the days other match at Barabati Stadium,West Zone will take on Zimbabwe Presidents XI. West won their Group B opener against South Zone comfortably and an inexperienced Zimbabwe side is unlikely to pull off an upset.