Rajasthan Captain Menaria Praises Lomror’s Performance

JAIPUR: Rajasthan began their 2021-22 Ranji Trophy campaign on Sunday with a 158-run victory over Andhra in their Elite Group E match in Trivandrum. A crucial victory, says captain Ashok Menaria, emphasising how no team can afford to be complacent given the short season this year.
“Starting with a win always boosts your confidence as you progress through any tournament. But, with only three games remaining in the Ranji league, there is no chance of a comeback this year. So I’m glad we’re off to a good start “Menaria stated.

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Andhra Pradesh were bowled out for 209 in 53.3 overs after resuming at 100/4 on the final day, less than two hours after the day’s play began. The notable bowlers were left-arm spinner Shubham Sharma (4-32) and Aniket Choudhary (3-50).
Rajasthan’s top-order appeared frail, but the captain backed openers Yash Kothari and Manender Singh, as well as Mahipal Lomror’s 79 off 140 balls in the second innings.

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“I’m not sure if I need to speak with Yash and Manender. They’re in good shape and can’t be defined by a single match. It was a challenging pitch, and neither our nor Andhra’s openers were able to make much of an impact. I’d want to point out that Mahipal’s knock was essential, and he performed admirably. He exhibited a great deal of tenacity “According to the 31-year-old.
After Kothari was trapped LBW in the sixth over, Lomror walked out to bat.
Khaleel Ahmed, the left-arm seamer, is still recovering and will be out for the whole group stage. However, Rajasthan will have leg-spinner Rahul Chahar available for the second match, which is slated for February 24 against Uttarakhand. Manav Suthar will most likely be replaced.

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“I cannot say what the team combination will be in the next match. Pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti and batter Deepak Karwasra are out of the mandatory quarantine now and will be available for selection. We will take the call later, but Rahul is definitely in. The guy who plays at India level, has to be in the side if he is available,” Menaria added.
Brief score: Rajasthan 275 and 316 beat Andhra 224 and 209 all out in 53.3 overs (P Tapaswi 44, Y Sandeep 43, R Bhui 39; S Sharma 4-32, A Choudhary 3-50) by 158 runs. Rajasthan: 6 points, Andhra.

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