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    Laxman, Ojha in Hyderabad line-up vs Goa

    Pragyan Ojha and VVS Laxman will play for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy before flying to Australia for the Test series.

    Pragyan Ojha and VVS Laxman will play for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy before flying to Australia for the Test series. (AP Photo)

    Porvorim: VVS Laxman and Pragyan Ojha will be the centre of attractions as Hyderabad take on Goa in a Ranji Trophy Plate Division group B match at the Porvorim Cricket ground here from Tuesday.

    The match is crucial for both the teams who have nine points from three matches.

    Goa had a strenuous practice session this morning under the guidance of Coach Vivek Kolambkar.

    "We are very positive. The boys are optimistic about this match," he said.

    Goa will make two changes in the squad that played against Jammu and Kashmir at Jammu.

    Keenan Vaz and Vasant Sarvanan will be replaced by Ganeshraj Narvekar and Swapnil Asnodkar.

    The decision on whether to play Ryan D'souza or Rohit Asnodkar will be taken in the morning after inspection of the pitch, stated Kolambkar.

    Goa's batting will depend on Swapnil Asnodkar, Vaibhav Naik, Reagan Pinto, Abhishek Raut and Rahul Keny while the bowling will be looked after by Robin D'souza, Saurabh Bandekar, Amit Yadav, Sherbahadur Yadav and Ganeshraj Narvekar in the absence of skipper Shadab Jakati.

    Hyderabad, led by Laxman, will start as the favourites. They had a long practice session this evening.