Two teams that had a completely opposite season in 2018 will meet each other again for the first game of TNPL 2019. Dindigul Dragons were terrific in the last edition of the league and finished first on the points table. However, they were unfortunate to have missed out on clinching the title as the side put out poor performance in the final. On the other hand, the execution of the Chepauk Super Gillies was a complete contrast.
The Super Gillies only managed to win one game out of seven and had a season to forget. As these two sides play in the tournament opener, they’d like to make early inroads. While the Dragons will want to continue from where they left off in the last season, the Gillies will look to turn the tables upside down and get back to the winning ways.
The Match 1 in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2019 will be played between Dindigul Dragons and the Chepauk Super Gillies at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul.
The match starts at 7:15 PM local time (1:45 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Star Sports Network in India. Live Streaming available on Hotstar.
It wasn’t an extremely easy pitch to bat on in Dindigul last year. We’ve witnessed a lot of low scores and the bowlers enjoyed bowling here. It could be similar this time as well. But if the batsmen spend some time initially and understand the conditions well, a big score is still achievable.
Average first innings score: 166 (Last five Night TNLP matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3 (Last five Night TNLP matches)
Probable Playing XIs:
Hari Nishant, N Jagadeesan (wk), NS Chaturved, Varun Totadri, Mohan Abhinav, R Vivek, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Ramalingam Rohit, M Mohammed, M Silambarasan, Trilok Nag.
Bench: Adithya Arun, Jagannathan Kaushik, Sumant Jain, ME Yazh Arun Mozhi, S Sujay.
Chepauk Super Gillies
S Karthik (wk), Baskaran Rahul, Gopinath (c), Ganga Sridhar Raju, Kaushik Gandhi, Uthirasamy Sasidev, MK Sivakumar, Murugan Ashwin, Arun Kumar, B Arun, Samruddh Bhat.
Bench: Vijay Shankar, A Aarif, Sunny Kumar Singh, M Siddharth, R Alexander, S Harish Kumar.
Injury and Availability News:
Vijay Shankar is still in the NCA and will not play the game. Ravichandran Ashwin returned from England and is highly likely to play the opening encounter.
R Vivek in TNPL 2018:
50s: 3, 4s: 17, 6s: 22
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Picks: N Jagadeesan, Kaushik Gandhi, R Vivek
Vice-captain Picks: Ravichandran Ashwin, K Gopinath, Ganga Sridhar Raju
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – S Karthik, N Jagadeesan (c)
Batsmen – U Sasidev, K Gandhi, R Vivek
All-Rounders – M Ashwin, R Ashwin (vc)
Bowlers – S Bhat, B Arun, A Mohan, T Nag
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – K Gopinath, N Jagadeesan
Batsmen – G Sridhar Raju (vc), U Sasidev, N Chaturved, R Vivek (c)
All-Rounders – M Ashwin, R Ashwin
Bowlers – S Bhat, Arun Kumar, M Mohammed
N Jagadeesan and R Vivek are a must in your Dream11 Fantasy team as they’ve performed exceptionally well in the last season. If you are to pick Kaushik Gandhi who comes at 10.5 credits, you’ve got to make a few sacrifices elsewhere.
Dindigul Dragons look quite strong on paper and thus they might win the match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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