Man of the Match: S Harish Kumar
Clash of the teams in good nick!
Our Prediction is Lyca Kovai Kings to win this 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|
Kovai Kings have won two of three matches and are in a strong position in the points table. They put a clinical performance in the Ruby Trichy Warriors last night to win the match by 26 runs. P Ranjan Paul (34 runs) and Malolan Rangarajan (22 runs) put together a good partnership to steady the innings after the early dismissal of both the openers. Anthony Dhas (32 runs) and Akkil Srinaath (36 runs) played attacking cameos to take their team total to a good score of 161 runs. Their bowling unit came up with a superb performance taking wickets at regular intervals. All the six bowlers used had their name in the wickets column during the last match. T Natarajan was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets and cleaned up the lower order batting lineup. Anthony Dhas and K Vignesh were very economical with the ball giving away runs at less than 6 RPO.
Chepauk Super Gillies has made a super comeback winning their last two matches after a disappointing performance in the first match. Both the openers Gopinath (55 runs) & Ganga Sridhar Raju (54 runs) notched up their respective fifties and shared a 108-run opening partnership. Skipper Kaushik Gandhi provided late impetus with a quickfire cameo of 32 runs. Chepauk Super Gillies ended with 175 runs on board in their 20 overs. Their bowling unit maintained excellent line and lengths to pressurize the opposition team. G Periyasamy bowled a brilliant spell of 3-0-9-2 in the powerplay. Dev Rahul and G Periyasamy combined to leave Karaikudi Kaalai`s team reeling at 29/4 at the end of the 6 overs. R Alexander then contained his usual strangle giving away just 13 runs in his 4 overs. Chepauk Super Gillies bowling unit looks in good touch and contributions from different bowlers.
Gopinath – Gopinath has scores of 55 & 37 in the last two matches and he is looking in good nick and rhythm with the bat. He is also scoring runs at a healthy strike rate of 140.
R Alexander – Alexander has 8 wickets in this tournament so far and is the leading wicket-taker at the moment. His wickets have come at an economy of just 2.75 RPO. Alexander has conceded only one boundary in his 12 overs and has conceded just 33 runs so far in three matches combined.
Gopinath – 96 runs, Strike rate – 140, HS -55
R Alexander – 8 wickets, Economy – 2.75 RPO, BB – 5/9
Kaushik Gandhi (c), Murugan Ashwin, Gopinath, Ganga Sridhar Raju, R Alexander, Uthirasamy Sasidev, S Harish Kumar, M Siddharth, A Aarif (wk), D Rahul, G Periyaswamy
|G Sridhar Raju||54||38||6||2||142.11|
G Periyaswamy, S Harish Kumar, R Alexander, Ganga Sridhar Raju, D Rahul, B Arun, Uthirasamy Sasidev, H Gopinath, Kaushik Gandhi, A Aarif, Murugan Ashwin
Anthony Dhas – Antony Dhas has won his second consecutive Man of the Match award this season. He is striking the ball clean and huge at the moment and scoring runs at an unbelievable strike rate of over 200. He is also picking up vital wickets with the ball.
K Vignesh – K Vignesh was disciplined with the ball and he picked the wickets of both the openers inside the powerplay. He gave just 12 runs in his 3 overs and strangled the chase very early in the match.
Anthony Dhas – 95 runs, Strike rate – 244, HS - 63
T Natarajan – 6 wickets, Economy – 7.5 RPO, BB – 4/33
Kaushik Gandhi (c), Murugan Ashwin, Gopinath, Ganga Sridhar Raju, R Alexander, Uthirasamy Sasidev, Harish Kumar, M Siddharth, A Aarif (wk), Dev Rahul, G Periyaswamy
|P Ranjan Paul||34||36||3||1||94.44|
Shahrukh Khan, Antony Dhas, Suresh Babu, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, T Natarajan, Malolan Rangarajan, B Anirudh Sita Ram, S Ajith Ram, Abhinav Mukund, Akkil Srinaath, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh
Tirunelveli pitch is a good batting pitch and batsmen find scoring easier early in the match. The pitch tends to slow down as the match progresses. Teams batting first have set target above 160 runs in four out of five matches played so far. The weather forecast looks cloudy but has just 10% chances of rain on the match day.
Teams batting first have won all the five matches played here so far. The highest score by the team batting second is 152 runs whereas batting first teams have scored over 160 runs four times in five matches so far.
Both teams have good bowling attack and they hunt in a pack for wickets. Kovai Kings have better firepower in the batting order than Chepauk Super Gillies. Chepauk Super Gillies depend heavily on their top-three in the batting line-up.
We expect Kovai Kings to win this match.