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Ranji Trophy: Gutsy Bengal take on confident Maharashtra

Indore: It will be a battle between top-notch batting line-up against a quality seam attack when Maharashtra with the likes of Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Zol take on Laxmi Ratan Shukla-led Bengal in the Ranji
PTI January 17, 2014 13:33 IST
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Indore: It will be a battle between top-notch batting line-up against a quality seam attack when Maharashtra with the likes of Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Zol take on Laxmi Ratan Shukla-led Bengal in the Ranji Trophy semifinals, starting here tomorrow.


    
Bengal, who have been a surprise package in the national championship, peaked at the right time defeating Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Railways in three back-to back matches while Maharashtra recorded an inspirational eight-wicket win against defending champions Mumbai in the Lion's den at the Wankhede Stadium.
     
While speedster Ashoke Dinda (37 wickets) will try to get rid of Kedar Jadhav (1034) runs, the wily Shib Shankar Paul (17 wickets) will try to get India U-19 skipper Vijay Zol (516).
     
Inswing bowler Sourav Sarkar will try to sort out another heavy scorer Harshad Khadiwale (944) who has scored most of his runs on flat decks. Even Ankit Bawne (492 runs) and Sangram Atitkar (460 runs) have been amongst runs.
     
It will be the trio of Jadhav, Khadiwale and Zol with a total of 2494 runs this season up against Dinda, Paul and Sarkar, who have shared 69 wickets among them.