Ranji Trophy 2018-19: All eyes on Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal in Saurashtra vs Karnataka semi-final

All eyes will be on prolific India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal in opposite sides when domestic powerhouses Saurashtra and Karnataka take on each other in the five-day Ranji Trophy semi-final.

Press Trust of India, Jan 23, 2019 18:39:05 IST

All eyes will be on prolific India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal in opposite sides when domestic powerhouses Saurashtra and Karnataka take on each other in the five-day Ranji Trophy semi-final starting in Bengaluru from Thursday.

Pujara has been in supreme touch as he became India's highest run-getter with three centuries in their maiden Test series victory in Australia.

Ranji Trophy 2018-19: All eyes on Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal in Saurashtra vs Karnataka semi-final

File picture of Mayank Agarwal. Twitter @mayankcricket

Just after the Test series, Pujara played a crucial role in Saurashtra's quarter-final match against Uttar Pradesh. He cracked an unbeaten 67 in the second innings to help Saurashtra defeat Uttar Pradesh by six wickets.

The visiting team also has the likes of Sheldon Jackson in the middle order to provide the much-needed stability.

For Karnataka batsman Agarwal, a good knock in the Ranji semi-finals might further help him bolster his credentials. He scored 195 runs in three innings he played in Test series in Australia.

The local lad had returned to India a few days before the start of ODI series against Australia after sustaining a thumb injury in the Test series. Subsequently, he missed the Ranji quarter-final match against Rajasthan.

Apart from Agarwal, skipper Manish Pandey, who has been scoring runs, will be looking to continue his good form. Vinay Kumar, Karun Nair and Jaydev Unadkat are the other international players who would be in the limelight as the semi-final gets underway.

Unadkat, Vinay and Abhimanyu Mithun have been in good form with the ball, while Krishnappa Gowtham is an all-rounder on whom Karnataka can bank upon.

The Teams (From):

Karnataka: Manish Pandey (C), Shreyas Gopal, Vinay Kumar, Dega Nischal, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Ravikumar Samarth, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ronit More, Krishnappa Gowtham, Prasidh Krishna, Krishnamurthy Siddharth, Jagadeesha Suchith, BR Sharath, Sharath Srinivas.

Saurashtra: Cheteshwar Pujara, Snell Patel, Harvik Desai, Sheldon Jackson, Vishvaraj Jadeja, Kamlesh Makvana, Jaydev Unadkat (C), Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Aarpit Vasavada, Prerak Mankad, Chetan Sakariya, Chirag Jani, Samarth Vyas, Shaurya Sanadia, Kishan Parmar, Jay Chauhan.

Updated Date: Jan 23, 2019 18:39:05 IST






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