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Irani Trophy: Captains bank on pacers’ impact

They might be leading different teams, but Rest of India skipper Cheteshwar Pujara and his Rajasthan counterpart Hrishikesh Kanitkar have similar strategy for the Irani Cup tie -- unleash their respective pace batteries on the opposition in the match starting on Friday.

Pujara said looking at the wicket the ROI team will go with three pacers. ‘In initial couple of days our fast bowlers may get help from the wicket as we had seen in the Test match against New Zealand. It may later turn a bit. We would like to use it to our advantage,’ he said. Asked whether left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh, one of the heroes of last month’s Under-19 World Cup triumph, would get a chance tomorrow, Pujara said the team management still had to decide on the playing eleven.

‘We are holding a meeting this evening to discuss team composition for the match,’ he said. Pujara said his team did not want to underestimate the opposition Rajasthan squad. ‘We want to focus on our game rather than worrying about other team’s positives and negatives. We want to start brightly  ,’ he said.   
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