Our prediction is Dindigul Dragons will win the final match!
|Chepauk Super Gillies||7||5||2||0||0||10||1.391|
|VB Kanchi Veerans||7||4||3||0||0||8||0.552|
|Lyca Kovai Kings||7||4||3||0||0||8||0.255|
|Ruby Trichy Warriors||7||1||6||0||0||2||-0.486|
TNPL2019 has arrived at the pinnacle with finals between Chepauk Super Gillies and Dindigul Dragons on August 15th. Both teams have already played in the finals and have the experience of playing in big matches.
Dindigul Dragons team will be playing their second consecutive finals this season. They suffered a mini-blip with a couple of losses after winning 6 matches on a trot. They will miss the services of their regular skipper Ravichandran Ashwin owing to his national duties. N Jagadeesan will take over the captaincy role of the team. N Jagadeesan (448 runs) and Hari Nishanth (318 runs) have the prolific run-scorers of the Dindigul team this season.
Middle-order batsmen R Vivek, NS Chaturved, and M Mohammed have capitalized the good starts provided the openers and scored some quick runs to finish the innings on a high consistently. R Rohit is having an excellent season so far with 10 wickets at an economy of 6.8 RPO and is lead pace bowler of the team. M Abhinav and M Silambarsan combine to form a destructive spin bowling combo and they had joint figures of 8-1-36-5 in the Qualifiers 2 game. They have well-balanced bowling and batting unit that has performed well this season.
Chepauk Super Gillies is one of the most consistent teams in the TNPL circuit and they have reaches the finals for the third time in four seasons. H Gopinath is the leading run-score this season with 293 runs. Ganga Sridhar Raju, U Sasidev, and Harish Kumar have made vital runs for the team whenever required and are in good touch with the bat. Vijay Shankar`s addition provides excellent depth to both batting and batting units.
Chepauk Super Gillies is arguably the best bowling unit this season. Pacers G Periyasamy (16 wickets) and Harish Kumar (15 wickets) have the lead the bowling attack from front with wickets consistently. M Ashwin and R Alexander have combined superbly to control the run flow in middle overs by giving runs below 6 RPO and also taking wickets regularly. Their bowling unit has a variety of options with pace and spin bowlers with experience and variations in their bowling.
Ganga Sridhar Raju – GS Raju played one of his best innings in the Qualifiers 1 scoring 81 runs in just 54 balls. He has scored 225 runs with two fifties this season so far and is looking in good touch.
V Shankar – Vijay Shankar has the experience of representing the national side and he will bring his big-game experience to the table. He is all-rounder capable of contributing with both bat and ball.
H Gopinath – 293 runs, Strike rate -150, 50s-3, HS - 82
G Periyasamy – 16 wickets, Economy – 6.8 RPO, BB – 3/27
Kaushik Gandhi (c), Vijay Shankar, Murugan Ashwin, Umashankar Sushil (wk), Gopinath, Ganga Sridhar Raju, R Alexander, Uthirasamy Sasidev, Harish Kumar, M Siddharth, G Periyaswamy
|G Sridhar Raju||81||54||12||2||150|
|S Harish Kumar||8||4||0||1||200|
|S Harish Kumar||4.0||0||32||1||8|
|S Harish Kumar||4.0||0||32||1||8|
G Periyaswamy, S Harish Kumar, R Alexander, M Siddharth, Ganga Sridhar Raju, Vijay Shankar, Uthirasamy Sasidev, H Gopinath, Umashankar Sushil, Kaushik Gandhi, Murugan Ashwin
N Jagadeesan – N Jagadeesan is the leading run-scorer of this season with 448 runs with four fifties and century to his name. He has the added responsibility of the leading his side in the finals.
M Abhinav – M Abhinav has taken up the spin bowling duties superbly this season with 7 wickets at an economy below 6 RPO. He must fill the void left by R Ashwin in the spin department.
N Jagadeesan – 448 runs, Strike rate -139, 50s-4, 100s-1, HS – 105* - Top run-scorer
M Silambarsan – 14 wickets, Economy – 6.7 RPO, BB – 4/13
Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan (C & wk), Sumant Jain, Ramalingam Rohit, R Vivek, Mohan Abhinav, NS Chaturved, M Mohammed, B Praanesh, M Silambarasan, Aditya Arun
|C Hari Nishanth||51||46||3||2||110.87|
B Praanesh, M Silambarasan, Narayan Jagadeesan, Ramalingam Rohit, M Mohammed, Jagannathan Kaushik, Sumant Jain, M Abhinav, C Hari Nishanth, NS Chaturved, R Vivek
Chennai pitch is a traditionally favored the spin bowlers and we can expect runs in the range of 140-160 here. Both teams play their first game at this venue this season. The weather looks cloudy with just 10-20 % chances of rain as per the forecast.
Generally, teams will look to bat first and put a good score on board in the big matches and the slower nature of pitch will further favor the team batting first.
Both teams have been superb in the tournament so far winning an equal number of matches so far. Dindigul Dragons have a slightly better batting line-up with more attacking batsmen than the Chepauk Super Gillies team. We expect Dindigul Dragons team to win this cracking contest.