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Ranji Trophy: Upbeat Delhi take on hosts Haryana

Delhi will start as firm favourites against an inconsistent Haryana side dogged by injuries in their fourth group league encounter of the tournament on Monday.

Press Trust of India |January 4, 2015, 7:36 PM IST
Ranji Trophy: Upbeat Delhi take on hosts Haryana

Rohtak: Title contenders Delhi will start as firm favourites against an inconsistent Haryana side dogged by injuries in their fourth group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament, here on Monday.

If one goes by the form, Delhi with three facile victories will have their tail up against Haryana, who lost their last game against minnows Odisha by seven wickets on a seamer-friendly track at the Bansi Lal Stadium in Lahli.

Delhi on the other hand, have produced a near flawless performance on their home turf recording three outright wins, which have put them on top of group B with 20 points.

Haryana are currently fourth in the group with nine points from four games with a victory, two defeats and a three-pointer by virtue of first innings lead.

But they might find it difficult to get past Delhi, who at least on paper look overwhelming favourites with in-form Virender Sehwag, Unmukt Chand and skipper Gautam Gambhir in their ranks.

The secret of Delhi's brilliant performance at home has been the consistency shown by the top order. While Unmukt has come back to form with back-to-back centuries, Sehwag has a century and 50 plus score to show for his efforts in the last two matches.

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