Our Prediction is Lyca Kovai Kings will win the match!
Lyca Kovai Kings start their campaign with their match against VB Kanchi Veerans at NPR College Ground, Dindigul. Kovai Kings are led by experienced TN Player Abhinav Mukund. Abhinav Mukund and Shahrukh Khan will open the batting and are one of the best opening pair in the TNPL circuit. They both had a combined tally of almost 600 runs in the last TNPL season. Ravi Rohit, Anthony Dhas, and Ashwin Venkatramanan will form the middle order batting line-up and they need to score runs more consistently.
Kovai Kings have a very strong bowling line-up and in the last season, 3 bowlers featured in the top five wicket-takers list. T Natarjan and K Vignesh form a formidable left-right pace bowling combo and their ability to bowl cutters will trouble batsmen in the end overs. Ajith Ram, S Manigandan, and Rajesh will control the middle overs with the spin bowling combination. Four bowlers from LYCA Kovai Kings took more than 10 wickets last season.
VB Kanchi Veerans had a disastrous season last year with just a lone win out of their seven league matches. Baba Aparjith leads the side and his form will be vital to overturn his team`s fortunes this season. Their batting unit struggled to score freely last season and no batsmen crossed the total tally of 150 runs last season. Mokit Hariharan, Francois Rokins, Vishal Vaidhya, and Baba Aparjith all ended up having an average season and they just put up two 50+ scores in the entire season.
Aushik Srinivas was the lone bright spot in the bowling department last season and he took 9 wickets at an economy rate of 6.8 RPO. Diwakar fared better with the ball bowling in good areas and got some crucial wickets last season. Suni Sam, Debaesh Lingesh, and Sanjay Yadav were leaking runs at a high economy rate and did not get enough wickets to trouble the opposition batting.
M Shahrukh Khan – Shahrukh Khan had an impressive season last year and he was the top run-scorer for the team. He scored 325 runs at a strike rate of 140 with three fifties in 9 matches.
T Natarajan – Left-arm bowler Natarjan can bowl deceptive yorkers, cutters, and slow balls that are tough to handle for any batsmen. He took 12 wickets at an economy of just 5 RPO last season.
Abhinav Mukund (c), Ravi Kumar Rohith (wk), T Natarajan, Shahrukh Khan, Antony Dhas, Ashwin Venkataraman, S Ajith Ram, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, S Manigandan, R Mithun, Prasanth Rajesh
Baba Aparjith – Baba Aparjith is one of the very experienced players in TN circuit and he has been playing for more than 5 years now. He should score more runs ta the top to set up the batting innings of his team this season.
Ausghik Srinivas – Srinivas took 9 wickets last season at an economy rate of 6.8 RPO. He was the only bowler who took more than 5 wickets and gave away runs at an economy rate less than 7.5 RPO last season.
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
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 30% chances of rain.
Lyca Kovai Kings have a better side than VB Kanchi Kings on paper and they have performed well last season and will look to continue their winning momentum this season too. But, VB Kanchi Veerans will bury the last season`s results and start afresh campaign this year. We expect LYCA Kovai Kings to start this season with a win.