We need to work harder, says Vinay

“Both the teams have been playing good cricket, and we both are on nine points each at the moment. Obviously, one team will go up after this match, and we need to work hard against Mumbai to maintain our good work so far. Mumbai has always been a tough opponent,” Vinay said on Wednesday.

This will also be the first match between the two sides since that acrimonious Ranji Trophy final in Mysore two seasons ago. However, Vinay ruled out the notions of a revenge match. “We are not thinking about that match as it was a long time ago. We need to focus on this match to get a good result.”

Mumbai skipper Wasim Jaffer too echoed Vinay’s feelings. “Both the teams have been playing good cricket, and our current positions prove that. We are not thinking about that Mysore match, as we can’t dwell on past performances. Karnataka is a very good side, and we expect a keen contest,” Jaffer said.

Jaffer, perhaps, was thinking of some handy contributions by Karnataka batsmen in the last two games. KB Pawan, Robin Uthappa and Stuart Binny produced hundreds in Karnataka’s point-earning efforts against Rajasthan (3) and Railways (6).

Vinay too stressed on the good run of his batsmen. “It’s definitely good to see. In the
match against Rajasthan, Stuart and Pawan got the big runs, and Robin did that against Railways at the Karnail Singh Stadium, where we had to play on a slow and low track.

His knock was the difference between the two teams.”  Vinay can also take comfort from left-arm spinner KP Appanna’s performances so far. “He came in for Sunil Joshi, and it’s a tough task to replace an experienced player like him. But Appanna did that job with aplomb for us till now.”

Jaffer has got two of his key men – Ajinkya Rahane and Ajit Agarkar – back for this game. “Rahane’s inclusion will strengthen our batting. Ajit Agarkar is an experienced campaigner with lot of matches behind him. He’s a useful batsman as well.”

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