Can Dragons avenge for their defeat in the last year's finale?
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|
TNPL 2019 action moves to Tirulnelveli after the first set of matches at Dindigul. Dindigul Dragons put up a spirited performance to defeat Chepauk Super Gillies. They defended a modest target of just 115 runs. Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin played excellent innings of 37 runs and was the highest run-scorer in the match. Jagadeesan and NS Chaturved added some crucial runs for the team in the middle.
Dindigul Dragons bowling unit was breathing fire last night taking wickets at regular intervals. Jagannathan Koushik and M Mohammed took two wickets apiece and reduced opposition to 11/3 inside 2 overs. M Silambarasan was the star with the ball taking 4 wickets in the middle overs and sealing the match in their team`s favor. He had match figures of 3-0-13-4 bowling in tandem with his skipper. Mohan Abhinav too chipped in with a wicket in the last match. Dindigul Dragons bowling unit hunted in a pack in the last match and never gave any easy runs.
Madurai Panthers had a clinical win in their opening match by 9 wickets. Arun Karthik started this season on a good note by chasing the target with a well compiled fifty. He scored 65 runs and shared a 95-run opening partnership with Sarath Raj who contributed 33 runs. They chased down the target of 128 runs inside 13 overs.
Kiran Akash and R Mithun took 3 wickets each to restrict the TUTI patriots to a modest score. Rahil Shah and Abhishek Tanwar bowled economically to create pressure on one end. Their bowling unit gave away just 42 runs and took 7 wickets in their last 10 overs. Jagatheesan Koushik had an off-day and was taken for 20 overs in the lone over he bowled in this match. Madurai Panthers will look to continue to their good form and win this encounter against Dindigul dragons too.
R Ashwin – Ashwin scored 37 runs at 19 runs in the last match when all other batsmen were finding it to score runs at a quick rate. He also bowled his quota of 4 overs economically and tried his hand at some bizarre bowling actions.
Jagannathan Koushik – Jagannathan took 2 wickets in the first over to put the opposition on the back foot early in the match. He gave away just 14 runs in his 3 overs in the last match. He will look to take wickets early in this match too.
R Ashwin – 37 runs (19 balls), 5X4s, 1X6s & 4-0-24-0
M Silambarasan – 3-0-14-3
Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Jagannathan Kaushik, M Mohammed, NS Chaturved, Hari Nishanth, Ramalingam Rohit, Mohan Abhinav, N Jagadeesan (wk), M Silambarasan, R Vivek, Sumant Jain
Arun Karthik – Arun Karthik`s knock of unbeaten 65 runs guided his team to victory with ease in the chase. He smashed 7 boundaries and 3 sixes in his way to the match-winning half-century.
R Mithun – R Mithun broke the 74 run partnership between Subramania Siva and A Srinivasan by dismissing both the batsmen. He ended with match figures of 4-0-17-3 and his wickets pegged back the momentum in their favor after a good start by the opposition.
Arun Karthik – 65*runs (47 balls), 7X4s, 3X6s
Kiran Akash – 4-0-16-3
Aushik Srinivas, Baba Aparajith (c), S Siddharth, K Vishal Vaidhya, P Francis Rokins, K Deeban Lingesh, RS Mokit Hariharan, S Chandrashekar (wk), R Divakar, C Shriram, U Vishal
Tirunelveli pitch is a lively and true pitch that aids bowlers early in the match and we cannot expect high scores in the range of 180-200 runs very often here. The average first innings score here is 152 runs. The weather forecast looks cloudy but has just 10% chances of rain on the match day.
Equal number of matches has been won by the team batting first and second here. The pitch remains the same for the entire match. Chasing is the best option here as the team is aware of the target.
Dindigul Dragons won the close contest in their first encounter and their bowling unit stood out defending a modest target. Madurai Panthers played almost a perfect match defeating the opposition by 9 wickets easily. We predict Dindigul Dragons to win this match owing to team strength on paper.