Chennai, Nov 22 (UNI) Having failed to exploit the home advantage in the first two matches, the third match in the superleague in Elite Group A between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu would depend entirely on the latter's performance as they go into another key contest under immense pressure at M A Chidambaram stadium here tomorrow.
Tamil Nadu boasting of a young and talented squad in the new 2007-2008 season, failed to force a first innings lead against Maharashtra and succumbed meekly to reigning champions Mumbai by eight wickets, to manage just one point shared in the unfinished match against Maharashtra.
On the contrary, Karnataka thwarted by the wall, Rahul Dravid in the opening match collected first innings points in their first match against Mumbai and registered an outright win by an innings in the second match against Himachal Pradesh and arrived here cock-a-hoop.
Tamil Nadu's task will be all the more tough with their team India star Dinesh Karthik away. He was the one who resisted the Mumbai bowlers especially off spinner Ramesh Powar in both the innings along with R Srinivasan, the new rising star and R Ashwin, who also spearheaded the bowling with his off spin along with left armer R Ramkkumar in the tie against Mumbai.
With captain S Badrinath still looking to strike his phenomenal form of last year, which earned him a call to the national squad in the ODI albeit not being played in the XI, Srinivasan, Ashwin and Ramkumar will be under pressure in the match to steer Tamil Nadu to a win.
Karnataka too will be missig skipper Anil Kumble, who will be making his debut as India's Test captain in the first of the three tests against Pakistan at New Delhi, and Rahul Dravid whose brilliant double century saved the match against Mumbai.
In the absence of Kumble, K Yere Goud would be leading Karnataka who by way of strength in the batting line up would be having Robin Uthappa, the ODI star.
Karnataka have seven points from two matches.