TN under pressure as they take on buoyant Jammu-Kashmir

DINDIGAL :  Going by their pathetic performance in their first match of the new season last week, hosts Tamil Nadue  will go into their second Group A league outing against J& K in the Ranji trophy cricket  championship to be played from tomorrow in this town  famous for manufacture of locks
This B city in Madurai Distrrict which has produced a few cricketers for Tamil Nadu, is hosting a Ranji Troophy match for the first time. A dons cast Tamil Nadu and a buoyant Jammu and Klashmir  who knocked up  an  historic victory against Mumbai in their season opener are alreadyhere. The visiting team had a session at the nets in the morning.
The pressure will be on Tamil Nadu as much as on J&K looking at the contest in terms of knowledge about the pitch. For, the venue, a college, will have a new turf befitting the standard of the competitiond. But in terms of performance before coming into this game, the pressure will be more on Tamil Nadu. They drew a blank against Karnataka suffering one of thier worst defeats in  the natioinal champioshps. They lost the match outright chasing 300 odd runs and collapsing for a palty 82.  Tamil Naldu skipper all rounder R Prasanna would have  to ‘unlock’ real good stragy to put the team back on rails.    For Jammu and Kashmir, who are not complacent, the onus will again be on the stars of their win against 41 time Ranji winners Mumba: century maker Khajuria,  Hardeep and bowler Datal who returned a bag of five wickets when Mumbai chased a target and failed in the second innings. J & K had won by four wickets to gain full points against none for Tamil Nadu against Karnataka.


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