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A bruised Maharashtra languishing one place off the bottom in group B will take on Vidarbha in Nagpur today. Maharashtra, which lost to Tamil Nadu by a 104 runs in Chennai this week, will be hoping for a positive result. Vidarbha have made a good start to their campaign, winning their first match against Haryana by eight wickets. Maharashtra which collapsed spectacularly in Chennai, losing all their 10 wickets for just 88 runs will be praying that their batsmen put up an improved show in Nagpur.
Maharashtra captain Rohit Motwani said that the wicket was flat and looked a good batting surface. "There is almost no grass on the wicket and it looks like it will offer true bounce. Its a batting track but I feel it will start to turn from the third day," said the Maharashtra skipper. Motwani also said that getting a good result was very important for the team as it would get their season on track. "We haven't had the best of starts but we are confident that we can turn it around. Vidarbha is a strong side and we will be going all out to ensure that we walk away from this match with something which does justice to our effort," he said. Motwani also said that the toss would be important, "Looking at the wicket and its batsman friendly nature, I am sure the toss will play a crucial role. However, we are prepared for any eventuality," he said. Vidarbha captain Sairaj Bahutule said that bowlers would need to work hard on a surface that has traditionally been a batsman-friendly one. "It is very important for bowlers to consistently hit the right areas to get rewarded. Spinners also need to get their landing points spot on," he said.
Maharashtra have rung a few changes in their squad, middle-order batsman, Nikhil Paradkar has been dropped, Sachin Chaudhary, Deepak Shilamkar and Satyajit Bachhav have also been left out. Their places have been taken by Avdoot Dandekar, Prayag Bhati and Rahul Tripathi, all of whom have come off the back of strong showings in the Colonel C K Nayudu trophy. Skipper Motwani said that there could be a couple of changes in the side but the exact composition of the team would be decided on the day of the match.