A file photo of Suresh Raina. (Getty Images)
Rajkot: Saurashtra will take on the Suresh Raina-led strong Uttar Pradesh in their Ranji Trophy Group 'B' match at Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stadium, Khandheri here, starting here on Thursday.
The hosts, who started the season on an ideal note by beating Rajasthan by an innings and 31 runs to earn seven points, however, could only drew the previous match against Railways to bag just one point.
"We were close to getting three points as our seamers Jaydev Unadkat and Abhishek Bhatt did well. However, the track at Khandheri is different and might help the spinners," Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Shah said.
Shah added that the hosts are strongly relying on their three spinners -- Kamlesh Makwana, Vishal Joshi and Dharmendra Jadeja -- to come good against UP. "UP is a strong side, but this match will help us to find out our weak and strong points," Shah said.
Shah insisted that the match against UP is important as it will help the team make strategy for the next games. Bhushan Chauhan, Arpit Vasavada, Sheldon Jackson, Sagar Jogiyani and Chirag Pathak would be the mainstay in batting for Saurashtra.
UP have also started this season by beating Baroda and skipper Raina expressed hope that his team would play with a