Karaikudi Kalaai currently find themselves seventh on the points table, with their dream of reaching the semifinal pretty much vanishing. Their net run-rate is also the worst in the tournament and have taken a lot of beating in their recent fixtures. But they will be coming into this fixture fearlessly, so they might pose a challenge to the Kings.
The Lyca Kovai Kings currently have 4 points in five games and they definitely have an outside chance of reaching the final four despite their poor net run-rate. They have some good senior players on their side and they will be banking heavily on them in their remaining fixtures to go over the line.
The 22nd match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2019 will be played between Karaikudi Kaalai and Lyca Kovai Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
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.
This is the first match at this ground and a good batting track is expected. But as we have seen the Chepauk, the boundaries are long and spinners will relish flighting the ball. If there is any purchase for these spinners, it could turn out to be a low-scoring thriller. Batting second could be an advantage.
Probable Playing XIs
Srikkanth Anirudha (c), Sunil Sam, Laxmesha Suryaprakash, S Kishan Kumar, Ashwath Mukumthan, Rajhamany Srinivasan, R Rajkumar, Maan Bafna, RD Ashwin Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, S Ganesh (wk)
Bench: V Aditya, Yo Mahesh, Velidi Lakshman, R Kavin, M Shajahan, S Swaminathan, S Mohan Prasath, T Ajith Kumar, Ashwin Balaji, Abhinav Vishnu, A Karuppaswamy
Lyca Kovai Kings
Abhinav Mukund (c), T Natarajan, Shahrukh Khan, Antony Dhas, S Ajith Ram, B Anirudh Sita Ram, Akkil Srinaath, Jaganath Sinivas, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, Muhammed Khan, N Mohammed Ashik (wk)
Bench: Malolan Rangarajan, Ashwin Venkataraman, Suresh Babu, M Raja, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, S Manigandan, Prasanth Rajesh, J Suresh Kumar
Will be updated if there is any injury or if a player is unavailable.
Antony Dhas in TNPL 2019:
With bat – 109 runs from 4 innings with help of a fifty
With ball – 6 wickets from 5 innings with a best of 3/42
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Dinesh Karthik, Antony Dhas
Vice-Captain Options – Anirudha Srikkanth, Abhinav Mukund, B Anirudh
Suggested Playing XI No. 1 for Fantasy Cricket
Keeper – Dinesh Karthik, Anirudha Srikkanth (VC)
Batters – Shahrukh Khan, B Anirudh, A Srinaath, L Suryaprakash
All-rounders – Antony Dhas (C), M Bafna
Bowlers – S Ajith Ram, K Vignesh, T Natarajan
Suggester Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket
Keeper – Dinesh Karthik (C)
Batters – Abhinav Mukund (VC), Shahrukh Khan, B Anirudh, A Srinaath
All-rounders – Antony Dhas, R Rajkumar
Bowlers – S Ajith Ram, K Vignesh, Sunil Sam, S Mohan Prasath
Although we have not suggested Abhinav Mukund as a captain above, he is more than capable of producing a big knock and can be used as a captain.
Lyca Kovai Kings are predicted to emerge victorious.
*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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