Kolkata: Boasting of a strong batting line-up, Tamil Nadu will have the edge when they face last edition's runners-up Maharashtra in the second semi-final of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament here today.
TN's Murali Vijay during a practice session yesterday. Pic/PTI
With the likes of India Test opener Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar and twins Aparajith and Indrajith in their top six, Tamil Nadu would look to revel in the batting-friendly conditions of the Eden Gardens.
In WV Raman, the former Bengal coach and a batting coach of Kolkata Knight Riders, Tamil Nadu have somebody who is well aware of the conditions.
Eventually the contest may well boil down to the mighty Tamil Nadu batting versus the spirited Maharashtra bowling which will be spearheaded by left-arm seamer Samad Fallah.