Bhubaneswar: In the fifth round of Ranji Trophy, Odisha locks horn with Team Rajasthan at Dhruv Pandove stadium in Patiala. Both teams are close to each other in the points table in the 9-teams group-B with Rajasthan having 9 points after four matches and Odisha getting 8 points from three matches with one win.
The Govind Poddar led team has made two changes to their playing eleven that had played against Delhi in the last match. While pace spearhead Basant Mohanty has been rested and Alok Mangaraj has replaced him, middle order batsman Anurag Sarangi has been dropped from the team after poor performances this season and Abhishek Yadav is playing in his place.
Odisha won the toss and elected to field first in this four-day long match. Till lunch, Team Rajasthan has scored 142/4. Alok, Dhiraj Singh and Deepak Behera have scalped one wicket each while skipper Poddar also clinched one.
In their last two encounters Rajasthan has triumphed over Odisha and in all the previous games between these two teams the western state team has won 4 matches while two have been drawn in six matches.