The 2018 edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) was tightly contested during the league phase where Karaikudi Kaalai edged into final four due to their better NRR. Ruby Tricky Warriors, who also had the same number of wins as Karaikudi couldn’t go through as their NRR was negative. The two teams will now face off in their first game of the 2019 season on Saturday in Dindigul.
Baba Indrajith will lead Ruby Trichy Warriors while Srikkanth Anirudha will be the skipper for Karaikudi Kaalai. The attraction for this game will be the presence of the star International players from Tamil Nadu; Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik. The keeper-batsman Karthik, who is returning from the World Cup, will play for Karaikudi while Murali Vijay could be seen opening the innings for Trichy.
The 2nd match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019 will be played between Karaikudi Kaalai and Ruby Trichy Warriors at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul.
The match starts at 3:15 PM local time (IST) (9:45 AM GMT).
This game will be live on Star Sports and live streaming is available on Hotstar.
The pitch during the afternoon games in Dindigul is quite inconsistent. There are occasions of the first batting teams being limited to 120-130 and finish with 180+ totals as well. The teams that bat first here in afternoon matches have to put a big total to win. The conditions become easy for batting on as the game progresses.
Average first innings score: 148 (After TNPL matches in 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
V Aditya, Srikkanth Anirudha (C), Rajhamany Srinivasan, Maan Bafna, Dinesh Karthik (WK), S Swaminathan, R Rajkumar, Yo Mahesh, Sunil Sam, M Shajahan, Ashwath Mukumthan.
Bench: S Ganesh, L Suryaprakash, T Ajith Kumar, S Mohan Prasath, RD Ashwin Kumar, R Kavin, Velidi Lakshman, S Kishan Kumar.
Ruby Trichy Warriors:
S Aravind, Murali Vijay, Baba Indrajith (C), Bharath Shankar, Adithya Ganesh, Chandrasekar Ganapathy, Suresh Kumar, Lakshminarayanan Vignesh, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, MS Sanjay, R Sonu Yadav.
Bench: K Mani Bharathi, DT Chandrasekar, Saravan Kumar, RS Thillak, Kannan Vignesh, R Sathyanarayan, K Mukunth, Aditya Barooah.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
S Anirudha in TNPL 2018:
347 runs from 8 innings at an average of 49.57. He finished as 3rd highest run-getter and had an SR of 154.22.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Murali Vijay, Baba Indrajith, Srikkanth Anirudha, R Rajkumar
Vice-captain options – Maan Bafna, Dinesh Karthik, Bharath Shankar, S Aravind
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Adithya Ganesh
Batsmen – Murali Vijay (VC), Srikkanth Anirudha (C), Baba Indrajith
All-Rounders – Maan Bafna, R Rajkumar, MS Sanjay
Bowlers – Chandrasekar Ganapathy, R Sonu Yadav, Yo Mahesh, Sunil Sam
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Dinesh Karthik (VC)
Batsmen – Srikkanth Anirudha, Baba Indrajith (C), Bharath Shankar
All-Rounders – Suresh Kumar, R Rajkumar, MS Sanjay
Bowlers – Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, R Sonu Yadav, Yo Mahesh, Sunil Sam
Dinesh Karthik is too costly to be picked in the Suggested Playing XI as there are too many players of 9.5 and more credits in batsmen and all-rounders category. Karthik can be picked in the place of two of those costly players.
Ruby Tricky Warriors are better in the batting department compared to Karaikudi Kaalai.
*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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