Man of the Match: Ganga Sridhar Raju
A first and direct ticket to Chennai!
Our prediction is Dindigul Dragons will win the 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|
Dindigul Dragons and Chennai Super Gillies finished as the top two teams at the end of league stage and will face-off in the qualifier 1. Both teams will look to win this match and take a short route to the finals to be held at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Dindigul Dragons topped the league table with12 points from 7 matches. They won their first 6 matches in a row and lost their last league match against Lyca Kovai Kings. Skipper Ravi Ashwin and Jagannathan Koushik are expected to return to the playing XI after being rested the last match. N Jagadeesan (361 runs) and Hari Nishanth (238 runs) have been doing the bulk of scoring for the Dindigul Dragons team.
Skipper Ravi Ashwin and R Vivek have played crucial knocks to lift the scoring rate of the team and are looking in fine form with the bat. Left-arm spinner M Silambarasan has been the leading wicket-taker with 10 scalps so far. Pacers J Koushik (8 wickets) and R Rohit (7 wickets) have bowled with good control and accuracy and have produced wickets at crucial times. R Ashwin and M Abhinav have controlled the middle overs and conceded runs at economy less than 6 RPO.
Chepauk Super Gillies defended just 128 runs in their last league encounter to finish on the second place in the points table. Vijay Shankar debuted in TNPL during their last match and he will be an excellent addition to their team. H Gopinath is their batting stalwart this season and has notched up 277 runs with 3 half-centuries this season. Harish Kumar, U Sasidev, Kaushik Gandhi, and Ganga Sridhar Raju have made good telling contributions with the bat.
Their batting unit looks formidable and runs have come from different batsmen. Their bowling unit has been the best bowling unit this season with three of top four wicket-takers from their side. Harish Kumar currently leads the bowling charts with 14 scalps and he is closely followed by his teammates G Periyasamy with 13 wickets and R Alexander with 11 wickets respectively. Murugan Ashwin has served as a perfect foil to other bowlers giving away runs at just 5.8 RPO so far.
Hari Nishanth – Opener Hari Nishanth has been consistent this season scoring 3 half-centuries in the league stages. His part-time bowling was effective last match and he took 2 wickets. He will look to continue his good form into the playoffs.
R Ashwin – Skipper R Ashwin has led his team superbly from the front with bat and ball. He has taken 7 wickets and scored 114 runs in the league phase. He will look to take his team to glory this season after their excellent showing in the league phase.
N Jagadeesan – 361 runs, Strike rate -143, 50s-3, 100s-1, HS – 105 – Highest run-scorer
M Silambarsan – 11 wickets, Economy – 6.9 RPO, BB – 4/13
Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Jagannathan Kaushik, M Mohammed, NS Chaturved, Hari Nishanth, Ramalingam Rohit, Mohan Abhinav, N Jagadeesan (wk), M Silambarasan, R Vivek, Sumant Jain
Ravichandran Ashwin, B Praanesh, M Silambarasan, Narayan Jagadeesan, Ramalingam Rohit, M Mohammed, Sumant Jain, M Abhinav, C Hari Nishanth, NS Chaturved, R Vivek
Harish Kumar – Harish Kumar is an excellent all-rounder who can contribute with both bat and ball. He has scored 114 runs so far and leading the bowling chart with 14 wickets. He had match figures of 2-0-4-3 in their last match while defending a low total.
G Periyasamy – Periyasamy has opened the attack for Chepauk team and has taken wickets very early in the match consistently. He has taken 13 wickets at an economy of just 6.5 RPO so far.
H Gopinath – 277 runs, Strike rate -152, 50s-3, HS - 82
Harish Kumar – 14 wickets, Economy – 7.35 RPO, BB – 4/13 – Leading wicket-taker
Ganga Sridhar Raju, Kaushik Gandhi (c), Gopinath, Vijay Shankar, Uthirasamy Sasidev, Murugan Ashwin, Umashankar Sushil (wk), Harish Kumar, M Siddharth, R Alexander, G Periyaswamy
|S Harish Kumar||2.0||0||4||3||2|
|S Harish Kumar||2.0||0||4||3||2|
G Periyaswamy, S Harish Kumar, R Alexander, M Siddharth, Ganga Sridhar Raju, Vijay Shankar, Uthirasamy Sasidev, H Gopinath, Umashankar Sushil, Kaushik Gandhi, Murugan Ashwin
Tirunelveli Pitch is getting slower and batsmen are struggling to score runs easily due to used pitch. The highest target set in the last four league matches here is 134 runs. And the teams batting second have crossed 100-run mark only once in four matches. The weather looks clear and sunny with just 10% chances of rain as per forecast.
Generally, teams will look to bat first and put a good score on board in big matches and the slower nature of pitch will further favor the team batting first
Dindigul Dragons team is the best team at the end of the league stages and they were almost unbeatable until the last league match. Chepauk Super Gillies has a better team than Dindigul Dragons on paper, but form and momentum favor Dindigul Dragons team. We expect Dindigul Dragons to win this match and reach the finals.