Rejuvenated Mumbai take on Railways

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Defending champions Mumbai will take on laggards Railways in their fourth Group A match of the Ranji Trophy Super League on Tuesday.

Updated: November 23, 2009 12:46 IST
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High on confidence after a dramatic come-from-behind win in their last match, defending champions Mumbai will take on laggards Railways in their fourth Group A match of the Ranji Trophy Super League on Tuesday.

Mumbai is currently joint second in their group with nine points, while Railways lie third from the bottom among eight teams with just three points.

The morale-boosting 85-run win over Himachal Pradesh at home on Friday has rejuvenated Mumbai, who drew its opening two matches against Punjab and Orissa.

The opening game against Punjab was a draw but Mumbai managed to notch up the all-important three bonus points on the basis of their first innings lead.

Mumbai, playing without a few top players due to national duty, were then done in by unseasonal rains, which washed out two days of play in their second match against unfancied Orissa at home.

The Wasim Jaffer-led side could not gain bonus point as they failed to force a first innings lead from the two days play was possible.

Mumbai, however, bounced back strongly to beat Himachal Pradesh after fighting through a first innings batting collapse.

Discarded India pacer Ajit Agarkar was the surprise hero with the bat as he slammed a hundred to ensure that Mumbai more than made up for the first innings collapse.

Railways, however, have had to be content with the three draws so far, none of which have fetched them any bonus points either.

Their last game against Orissa at Bhubaneswar was rain-marred. They batted painfully slow in whatever play that was possible with V Cheluvraj taking 282 balls to make 88 runs in the first innings.

With rain playing spoilsport, the bowlers didn't get much of a game against Orissa.

Teams (from):

Mumbai: Wasim Jaffer (capt), Ajit Agarkar, Harmeet Singh, Iqbal Abdulla, O J Khanvilkar, Sahil Kukreja, Dhawal Kulkarni, Usman Malvi, Sushant Marathe, Prashant Naik, Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya Rahane, Aavishkar Salvi, Vinayak Samant, Rohit Sharma.

Railways: Murali Kartik (capt), Anureet Singh, Sanjay Bangar, V Cheluvaraj, Faiz Fazal, Shailender Gehlot, Akshay Girap, Yere Goud, Abhishek Pandey, Kulamani Parida, Mahesh Rawat, H D Rawle, Sanjib Sanyal, Karan Sharma, T P Singh, Marripuri Suresh, Krishnakant Upadhyay.

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