Karaikudi Kaalai take on Kanchi Veerans at Dindigul
Our prediction is Karaikudi Kaalai 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|
Karaikudi Kaalai won their first match against Ruby Trichy Warriors in a dramatic super over the finish. Skipper Anirudha Srikanth batted superbly scoring a brilliant half-century and later smashing two sixes in the super over the contest. R Srinivasan, Maan Bafna, and R Rajkumar played good cameos to help their team to a massive total of 171 runs. They smashed a total of 10 sixes in this match which is the highest by a team in this season so far.
Left-arm spinners Maan Bafna and Mohan Prasath tied down the spinners in the middle overs with combined figures of 4-0-45-1. Sunil Sam and Rajkumar were expensive with the ball giving runs at over 10 RPO. But, they held their nerves in the final overs to finish the match as a tie. Sunil Sam gave away just 11 runs in the super over which his team chased down with ease. Dinesh Karthik may return to the playing XI in this match.
VB Kanchi Veerans did not have a winning start to their campaign losing to Kovai Kings by 8 wickets. Keeper Suresh Lokeshwar scored 51 runs to build their batting innings. Skipper Baba Aparjith and Sanjay Yadav played a crucial helping hand with their cameos. Francois Rokins gave the late burst with his 25 runs off just 7 balls to take his team to a competitive total of 150 runs. Their bowlers were unable to create any pressure in defending the target and ended up losing the match in just 12.2 overs.
Rangaraj Sutheesh took two wickets but was unable to stop the run flow. S Arun, R Harish, R Sathish, and R Silambarasan gave away runs at an economy rate of over 8.5 RPO and they had combined figures of 9.2-0-97-0. Kanchi Veerans bowlers need to step up and perform as a team to put pressure on the opposition batting.
B Aparjith – B Aparjith scored 29 runs and two economical overs in the middle giving away just 12 runs. But, he struggled to time the ball and scored runs at a strike rate of just 85. He needs to bat more aggressively to help his team put a big score on board.
R Suthesh – R Sutheesh was the only bowler who had his name in the wickets column for Kanchi Veerans last night, but he gave away 41 runs in his 4 overs and he was taken for plenty by the batsmen. He should look to take wickets early in the match to stall the opposition batsmen.
S Lokeshwar – 51 runs (41 balls), 2X4s, 3X6s
R Sutheesh – 4-0-41-2
Rajagopal Sathish, Baba Aparajith (c), Rangaraj Suthesh, U Mukilesh, R Silambarasan, Sanjay Yadav, Aushik Srinivas, K Vishal Vaidhya, P Francis Rokins, Suresh Lokeshwar (wk), NS Harish
|R Sanjay Yadav||31||23||1||2||134.78|
KG Thamarai Kannan, K Vishal Vaidhya, R Sanjay Yadav, B Aparajith, R Silambarasan, U Mukilesh, Rangaraj Suthesh, Rajagopal Sathish, S Lokeshwar, P Francis Rokins, NS Harish
Maan Bafna – Maan Bafna bowled a very economical spell of 4-0-21-0 in the middle overs and also scored a quickfire 30 runs of just 21 balls with two boundaries and two maximums. He is one of the all-rounder’s to watch out for this season.
S Aniruth – Skipper Anirudha started their campaign with a brilliant knock of 58 runs off 36 balls with 7 boundaries and three maximums. He muscled two massive sixes in the super over when 11 runs were needed of 4 balls
S Anirudha – 58 runs (36 balls), 7X4s, 3X6s
S Mohan Prasath – 4-0-24-1
Srikkanth Anirudha (c & wk), Sunil Sam, L Suryaprakash, Velidi Lakshman, D Karthik, S Swaminathan, Rajhamany Srinivasan, R Rajkumar, S Mohan Prasath, Maan Bafna, V Aditya
|S Mohan Prasath||4.0||0||24||1||6|
|S Mohan Prasath||4.0||0||24||1||6|
Rajhamany Srinivasan, Yo Mahesh, V Lakshman, Sunil Sam, Maan Bafna, Laxmesha Suryaprakash, R Rajkumar, V Aditya, M Shajahan, S Mohan Prasath, S Anirudha
Dindigul pitch has aided batsmen this season but has also some help for the bowlers if they bowl in good areas. The average first innings score here is 157 runs. The weather forecast looks cloudy and rainy with nearly 40% chances of rain. The DL equation and match interruptions may come into picture in this match.
Chasing team has won 2 out of 4 matches played here this season and one more match ended as a tie. Teams are unsure of a safe target on this pitch. Both captains will look to chase down the target here.
Karaikudi Kaalai team has a good batting and bowling line-up with a lot of star players in their team. Kanchi Veerans bowling unit is struggling at the moment and they need to re-group soon. We predict Karaikudi Kaalai to win this match.