The ongoing edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) is going deep fast and every match will be important for the teams now. The 14th match of the season will see the Dindigul Dragons and Karaikudi Kaalai lock horns in Tirunelveli. The Dragons led by Ravi Ashwin are still unbeaten in the tournament and are looking like a force to reckon with.
On the contrary, the Kaalai are struggling and have lost both their previous matches. The team won their season opener also in the super over against the Ruby Trichy Warriors. Kaalai will have to up their game as soon as possible before the qualification scenarios go out of their hands. Dinesh Karthik joining the team must have boosted their spirits.
The Dragons look the favourites in this game but the result of the T20 matches are highly unpredictable and anything can happen on the day.
The 14th match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2019 will be played between Dindigul Dragons and Karaikudi Kaalai at the Indian Cement Company Ground, Tirunelveli.
The match starts at 7:15 PM local time (IST) (1:45 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Star Sports and live streaming is available on Hotstar.
The Indian Cement Company Ground has been a bat first surface this season. The average score of 168 also proves that the teams are posting above par totals. With the pitches expected to slow down as the tournament progresses, the trend of batting first should continue.
Average first innings score: 168 (Last 5 games at the venue) (Data of Match 12 and 13 not included)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 5
Probable Playing XIs:
Hari Nishanth, Narayan Jagadeesan (WK), R Vivek, Ravi Ashwin (C), NS Chaturved, Sumant Jain, M Mohammed, Ramalingam Rohit, M Silambarasan, Jagannathan Kaushik, Trilok Nag.
Bench – Mohan Abhinav, Adithya Arun, ME Yazh Arun Mozhi, Varun Totadri.
V Aditya, Srikkanth Anirudh (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Rajhamany Srinivasan, Maan Bafna, M Shajahan, R Rajkumar, Yo Mahesh, S Swaminathan, Sunil Sam, S Mohan Prasath.
Bench – S Kishan Kumar, Ashwath Mukunthan, Velidi Lakshman, RD Ashwin Kumar, T Ajith Kumar, R Kavin.
Dinesh Karthik has joined the Karaikudi Kaalai squad and is expected to play this match.
Ravi Ashwin in TNPL 2019:
With the bat: 105 runs in three innings at an average of 35.
With the ball: 5 wickets in three innings at an average of 9.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – N Jagadeesan (C), Dinesh Karthik (VC)
Batsmen – Hari Nishanth, Sumant Jain, M Shajahan
All-Rounders – Ravi Ashwin, R Rohit, R Rajkumar
Bowlers – M Mohammed, M Silambarasan, S Sam.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – N Jagadeesan, Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen – Hari Nishant (VC), R Srinivasan, V Aditya
All-Rounders – R Rohit, R Rajkumar (C)
Bowlers –M Mohammed, M Silambarasan, J Kaushik, S Sam.
Dinesh Karthik can be made captain or vice-captain as he will be itching to take the field after a decent break.
Dindigul Dragons are expected to win but Karaikudi Kaalai can give a tough fit.
*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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