Depleted Mumbai meet Delhi today

Kulkarni, Agarkar may sit out


While Kulkarni picked up a side strain during their quarterfinal tie against Haryana, Agarkar is feeling feverish and a call would be taken on their inclusion into the playing eleven only on the morrow, according to the 38-time winners’ coach Pravin Amre.

Mumbai have not exactly been the solid team of old, having won only one match outright in the season thus far -- against Himachal Pradesh -- but have enough knowhow to cruise through in important games.

Mumbai, without the services of Sachin Tendulkar and fast bowler Zaheer Khan right through the season, will also be handicapped by the absence of attacking batsman Rohit Sharma and skipper Wasim Jaffer admitted as much.

“Rohit Sharma’s absence will be felt in the big game, but they (Delhi) are also missing four or five players,” Jaffer said pointing out the absence of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Ashish Nehra -- all picked for the tri-series in Bangladesh, and Akash Chopra from the visitors’ line-up.

On the other hand, Delhi will be bolstered by the inclusions of Ishant Sharma, who was ignored by national selectors for the tour to Bangladesh, and fit-again leg spinner Chetanya Nanda.

The match between two teams, who are known to play well in crunch situations, promises keen fare with both the outfits brimming with confidence.

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