Our prediction is Karaikudi Kaalai will win the match!
Karaikudi Kaalai plays against Ruby Trichy Warriors in their tournament opener at Dindigul. KaraiKudi Kaalai is lead by the experienced Anirutha Srikanth. He had an excellent season last year scoring 347 runs at a strike rate of over 150 runs. Dinesh Karthik`s availability will be a big boost to the team`s batting but it is subjected to his national commitments. V Aditya, Maan Bafna, and Rssrinivasan will play a big role in their team`s batting line-up.
They need to stand up and support their skipper to build a partnership with the bat. V Yo Mahesh and R Rajkumar will be lead bowlers and are expected to bowl at crucial junctures to provide wickets for the team. They both took 11 wickets each last season and were the joint leading wicket-takers for their team. S Swaminathan, Kishan Kumar, and Mohan Prasath need to bowl economically in the middle overs with tight line and lengths. Karaikudi Kalai`s will look to improve their previous year`s performance this time around.
Ruby Trichy Warriors did not have a good season last year and ended up in sixth place in the points table. Skipper Baba Indrajith needs to inspire his team with his all-round performance with the bat and ball. Bharath Chandar and Mani Bharathi will open the batting followed by their skipper at No.3 position. Suresh Kumar, C Ganapathy and V Saravanan should the team`s batting and provide an explosive finish toward the end overs.
Murali Vijay is drafted to strengthen their team`s batting power. C Ganapthy, Dakshinamoorthy Kumaran, and R Sonu Kumar will be pace bowlers in the starting XI in the first match. They need to provide wickets early in the match to trouble the opposition batsmen. Suresh Kumar and K Vignesh will share the spin bowling responsibilities and will form an excellent right hand-left hand combo in spin bowling.
Maan Bafna – Maan Bafna can be an effective all-rounder who can bat inside the top5 and bowl his quota of 4 overs economically. He scored 190 runs at a strike rate of 123 and took 5 wickets at an economy rate of 7.
J Koushik – Koushik is an excellent all-rounder who can bowl his quota of 4 overs and hit some lusty blows in the finishing stages of the match. He scored 167 runs at a strike rate of 146 and took 9 wickets in the last season.
Yo Mahesh, Srikkanth Anirudha (c), S Kishan Kumar, Velidi Lakshman, R Kavin (wk), M Shajahan, Rajhamany Srinivasan, R Rajkumar, S Mohan Prasath, Maan Bafna, V Aditya
C Ganapathy – Ganapathy is the opening bowler for Trichy team and he took 10 wickets last season at an economy rate of 7.8 RPO. He can hit some big hits lower down the order and boost the team`s total at the death.
Bharath Shankar – Bharath Shankar was the leading run-scorer for their team last season and he scored 246 runs at a strike rate of 140. He added two fifties to his name in the last season.
Chandrasekar Ganapathy, Suresh Kumar, Baba Indrajith (c), Bharath Shankar, DT Chandrasekar, Dakshinamoorthy Kumaran, Vasanth Saravanan, R Sonu Yadav, MS Sanjay, K Mani Bharathi (wk), Kannan Vignesh
Dindigul pitch will aid the bowlers and might ease out and help batsmen 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.
Both teams have a very good balanced playing XI with a good mix of all-rounders. Kaaraikudi Kaalai`s team has good experienced players in form Anirutha Srikanth, Yo Mahesh, and Dinesh Karthik who can make a huge difference with their presence. So we expect Karaikudi Kaalai to win this encounter.