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Delhi & TN in a battle of equals

New Delhi: Two teams with matching firepower will face-off when hosts Delhi take on an impressive Tamil Nadu in what promises to be a battle of equals in a fourth round Ranji Trophy Group B encounter at the Kotla on Friday.

Both Delhi and Tamil Nadu have eight points each after third round of matches but the hosts are placed second on the points table on account of a better net run-rate while Tamil Nadu occupy the third spot.

The two sides match up pretty well as both boast of an impressive batting and bowling line-ups which promises an engrossing four-day tie.

Having lost their first match against Uttar Pradesh with a full-strength side, a relatively younger side led by Shikhar Dhawan made amends against minnows Odisha by pocketing seven points.

However, their last match against Baroda ended in a barren draw with both teams getting a point each after the hosts were unable to surpass the visitors’ first innings total of 561.

Delhi’s listless bowling display against Baroda raised many eyebrows as they conceded runs in excess of 500 with only Parvinder Awana making a statement with a four-wicket haul.

However, the home side can take a lot of heart from the fact that senior batsman Mithun Manhas and all-rounder Rajat Bhatia scored contrasting centuries while replying to Baroda's first innings total.