The Andhra team management, which is yet to come to terms with the top-order collapse against Services that led to surrendering the crucial first innings lead, is keen to make amends while meeting Ajay Ratra-led Tripura in the Ranji Trophy Group ‘C’ match at the Rural Development Trust stadium here on Friday.

Andhra should blame its bowlers for their unimaginative bowling for letting Services off the hook, after dismissing the top order for a paltry score in the first innings.  

With the medium pacers not bowling well, Services lower-order batsmen made merry.

The absence of P. Vijaya Kumar, the nippiest pacer, was also a reason for the poor show. Indiscrete strokes, like the one unleashed by Bharat Reddy and sloppy running between the wickets (three run-outs), made the task for Andhra insurmountable.  

But it was Shahabuddin who brought his team close to overhauling the rival team’s first innings total.

“It is true that we did not play to our potential and we failed to take advantage of the home conditions. The players should apply themselves and should develop more passion. The pacers should use the deck more often and make the batsmen play,” said Andhra coach Kaushik Patel.

Pacers’ role

He said he might use four pacers against Tripura. He also said the wicket looked nice and would help pacers.

Tripura also has had a forgettable outing against Assam doling out seven points. “We had a miserable first innings. We also had some close decisions,” said Tripura coach K. Bhaskar Pillai.

He said despite some sterling performances by Ajay Ratra, who scored a century and Timir Chand, who scalped five, the team needed to perform with more cohesion. “We are likely to play three pacers and two spinners,” he added.

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