Our prediction is Dindigul Dragons will win the match!
The T20 season has arrived and we are up for a grand show of T20 extravaganza in the Tamil Nadu with TNPL season 2019.
Dindigul Dragons take on the Chepauk Super Gillies in the tournament opener. Dindigul Dragons are lead by the ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. They have a formidable batting line-up with the likes of N Jagadeesan, Hari Nishanth, Balachander Aniruth, and R Vivek. They put up a good show last year and ended up as runners-up in the 2018 season. M Silambarasan and M Mohammed will take up the role of bowling with the new ball. They both took 8 wickets each in the last season and provided early breakthroughs for the team. Trilog Nath, Varun Totatri, and Mohan Abhinav will bowl in tandem in the middle overs and are expected to choke the run flow. Ravichandran Ashwin is expected to play the most part of the TNPL this season before leaving for national duties.
Chepauk Super Gillies had a bad season last year and ended up being placed in the last position with just a single win in their league matches. Skipper Vijay Shankar is a doubtful starter this season owing to his toe injury and his national commitments. Gopinath will take up the captaincy in the absence of the regular skipper. Stand-in skipper Gopinath, S Karthik, and Ganga Sridhar Raju must step up their game with the bat. Last season, no batsmen crossed total run tally of 200 runs and batsmen failed miserably in almost all the matches. Murugan Ashwin will the premium bowler and he will look to change his team`s fortunes this season. Samruddh Bhat, MK Sivakumar, and S Harish Kumar form the core of the bowling attack for the Chepauk Super Gillies. CSG will look to put up a better performance this season.
N Jagadeesan – Jagadeesan was consistent with the bat last season and scored 396 runs at a strike rate of 131. He made four fifties last season and was the second-highest run-getter of the tournament.
R Ashwin – R Ashwin is a very experienced international player and is one of the shrewd captains in the IPL circuit. Ashwin has all the variations up his sleeve and had an excellent IPL season this year.
Hari Nishant, N. Jagdeeshan (Wk), M. Abhinav, NS Chaturved, VM Totadri, R. Ashwin(C), R. Vivek, J. Kausik, M. Mohhamad, M. Silambarsan, H. Trilok Nag
Gopinath – Gopinath is the leading run-scorer for Chepauk Super Gillies for the last two consecutive years. But, he had a poor season last year and failed to register even a single 50+ score in the entire season.
Murugan Ashwin – Murugan Ashwin had a good season last year despite his team`s poor performance. He scored 163 runs and took 8 wickets and put up an all-round performance with both bat and ball.
Murugan Ashwin, Gopinath (c), B Arun, S Karthik (wk), Baskaran Rahul, Uthirasamy Sasidev, Samruddh Bhat, S Harish Kumar, MK Sivakumar, Arun Kumar, A Aarif
Dindigul pitch has a good balance between the bat and ball and the pitch might ease out as the match progresses. The average first innings score here is 157 runs. The weather forecast looks cloudy and rainy with nearly 60% chances of rain. The Dl equation and match interruptions may come into picture in this match.
Teams batting second have won 70% of matches played here and both captains will look to bowl first here.
Dindigul Dragons have an excellent win-record at their home ground and will be looking to extend their winning streak this season too. Chepauk Super Gillies will look to start fresh this season and will like to start with a win. We expect Dindigul Dragons to win this match!