Man of the Match: T Natarajan
Will Kovai Kings keep their hopes alive by defeating the undefeated Dindigul Dragons?
Our prediction is Dindigul Dragons to 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 team is the best team of this season with 6 wins in as many matches. They are yet to lose a match and will look to finish the league phase undefeated. Skipper Ravi Ashwin leads the team from the front with his all-round performance.
Openers Hari Nishanth and N Jagadeesan are scoring the bulk of runs and giving an excellent start to the team in every match. R Vivek has played crucial attacking cameos in the last two matches to help their team chase down the total. Mohan Abhinav and Hari Nishanth were the main wicket-takers in the last match with combined figures of 7-0-41-5. R Ashwin and M Silambarasan opened the bowling attack and did not give any easy runs to control the run flow early in the match. Pacers J Koushik and R Rohit bowled just one over each as the other bowlers bowled more economically.
Lyca Kovai Kings have a slim chance of qualifying for the playoffs provided they win their last league match and VB Kanchi Veerans must lose their last match. Opener Shahrukh Khan played a fine knock scoring 59 runs the last match and his innings laid the platform for their victory.
Skipper Abhinav Mukund (32 runs) shared a vital 80-run partnership with Shahrukh Khan for the first wicket. Their middle order struggled a bit, but they reached a good score of 154 runs in their 20 overs. Their bowling unit brought their best performance by restricting the Karaikudi team to just 133 runs. Malolan Rangarajan and Anthony Dhas claimed 2 wickets each. Ajith Ram and T Natarajan were frugal with their economy rates and they picked up crucial wickets in the middle to stall the chase. Their bowling unit performed as a team and five different bowlers had their names in the wickets column.
H Nishanth – Hari Nishanth came up with an all-round performance the last match scoring unbeaten 61 runs and took 2 wickets with the ball. His bowling gives more depth to the bowling attack and he has been a consistent performer with the bat this season with 238 runs.
R Vivek – R Vivek has played attacking cameos in crucial moments of the chase in last two matches scoring runs at a strike rate of nearly 220. His aggressive batting settles down the nerves of the batsmen at the other end.
N Jagadeesan – 361 runs, Strike rate -141, 100s-1, 50s-3, HS - 106
M Silambarasan – 10 wickets, Economy – 6.7 RPO, BB – 4/13
Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan (wk), NS Chaturved, R Vivek, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Sumant Jain, Mohan Abhinav, M Mohammed, Ramalingam Rohit, M Silambarasan, Jagannathan Kaushik
|C Hari Nishanth||61||44||5||3||138.64|
|C Hari Nishanth||3.0||0||17||2||5.67|
|C Hari Nishanth||3.0||0||17||2||5.67|
B Praanesh, M Silambarasan, Narayan Jagadeesan, Ramalingam Rohit, M Mohammed, S Sujay, Sumant Jain, M Abhinav, C Hari Nishanth, Adithya Arun, R Vivek
Shahrukh Khan – Shahrukh Khan is slowly getting into his grove with scores of 22, 24 & 59 in the last three matches. He has added good partnerships with his skipper to give a good start to their batting innings.
T Natarajan – T Natarajan was at his best during the last match with match figures of 4-0-17-1. He took the first wicket in his second over to derail the chase and batsmen struggled to score freely against him.
N Jagadeesan – 173 runs, Strike rate -118, 50s-2, HS - 70*
T Natarajan – 8 wickets, Economy – 7.7 RPO, BB – 4/33
Abhinav Mukund (c), Malolan Rangarajan, T Natarajan, Shahrukh Khan, Antony Dhas, S Ajith Ram, Akkil Srinaath, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, Pradosh Ranjan Paul (wk), S Manigandan, Muhammed Khan
|P Ranjan Paul||18||12||3||0||150|
Shahrukh Khan, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, S Ajith Ram, S Manigandan, Ashwin Venkataraman, T Natarajan, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, Malolan Rangarajan, Abhinav Mukund, Akkil Srinaath, Antony Dhas
Tirunelveli Pitch is a good batting pitch where batsmen will find it easier to score runs. We can expect scores in the range of 160-180 runs here. The weather looks dark and cloudy but has just 20-30% chances of rain.
Teams batting second has won 3 out of the last 4 matches here. Any We can expect teams to bowl first and restrict the opposition.
Dindigul Dragons have found different persons to stand up in different situations and have gone strength to strength with each win. Kovai Kings are been inconsistent with their performance this season and this match is their last chance to hold on the qualification chances.
Dindigul Dragons have won three matches here while Lyca Kovai Kings have won one and lost one match here. We expect Dindigul Dragons to win this match and end league stage as the only undefeated team.