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Cricket news - Mayank return bolsters Karnataka in quest to overcome Saurashtra hoodoo

Mayank Agarwal missed the QF clash with a thumb injury.

Karnataka vs Saurashtra, Bengaluru

Only two teams have made it to the finals of the General Trophy at least 15 times (Mumbai 46, Delhi 15) and Karnataka, hoping on the third, when they face-off against Saurashtra in the semi-finals at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, on Thursday (January 24). The return of Mayank Agarwal, who had previously missed the game due to a thumb injury, comes as a big boost for the home team who are yet to register a victory over Saurashtra since the 2009-10 season.

The head-to-head record favours Saurashtra, who have registered in nine encounters, with four wins and three draws. Their latest victory, an 87-run victory in a low-scoring encounter, which came in the group phase of this edition, and the visitors tons of confidence. Saurashtra in their ranks, the tireless, Cheteshwar Pujara, played an important role in the chase of 372 against Uttar Pradesh in the quarter-finals, the highest successful chase in General Trophy history.

Skipper Jaydev Unadkat was brought in who had be credited to draw Pujara for the mediation of confidence from their quarter-final performance, has led from the front with the ball, with 13 wickets in the last two games, including two five - wicket. He'll tormentor the support of Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Karnataka chief during the group stage. In the batting Department, Harvik Desai, Sheldon Jackson and Snell Patel form the core, along with Pujara, with all four of the freshness of good knocks in the previous game, this should Saurashtra to keep in the good place.

The lack of R Samarth at the top of the order, a concern for Karnataka in this tournament has been running, with Dega Nischal to shoulder a large part of the responsibility. Mayank's presence should serve the team well, also with Manish Pandey and Karun Nair, saw through the chase against Rajasthan with an unbeaten half-century. With a formidable bowling attack in place - Ronit More, Abhimanyu Mithun and Vinay Kumar dealing with the pace bowling responsibilities, and K Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal manning the spin Department, Karnataka will improve, in the hope that their skewed record against Saurashtra.

Kerala vs Vidarbha, Wayanad

Vidarbha is a step away from getting a chance to defend their title. They were undefeated in the current season, and are coming from a convincing victory (one of four in this season) about Uttarakhand in the quarter-finals. The win, the sturdy batting performances in the headlines by a double-tone from the timeless Wasim Jaffer is to replicate a template that you want, in the semi-finals. Jaffer leads the run charts for Vidarbha with two big punches in the latter stages of the tournament, and his form is a good Omen for the team in search of an encore.

You will be up against first-time semi-finalists, Kerala, have shown, under the guidance of Dav whatmore, enormous progress in the last two seasons. Result-filled campaign - five wins and only one draw in nine games - give Kerala enough confidence, you go in the game. The last of those victories came in the quarter-final against Gujarat in a low-scoring game in Wayanad, which is the venue for the semi-finals as well. An injury cloud hangs over Sanju Samson, who is forced to bat with a hand at a certain stage during the previous game. But Kerala have found ways to overcome obstacles this season. Your batting around Jalaj Saxena and opener P Rahul, has taken rapid strides to come in midway was built through the season. The bowling was anchored by Saxena, but the strike force was the pace trio of Sandeep not Warrier, Basil Thampi and M Nidheesh, together 86 wickets between them this season.

Kerala reached the knockout Phase for the first time last season, but have managed to go one better this time. In addition, you will now have the chance to get one back for the team, stopped their campaign in the coming quarters, the last time, Vidarbha.

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