The finalists of the last edition, Dindigul Dragons and Madurai Panthers, will lock horns in the match 5 of the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). The Panthers came out on top in the title clash last season and the Dragons will be eager to make amends this time around. Both the sides have started on a winning note this season and will be looking forward to continuing the winning momentum.
The Dindigul boys led by Ravi Ashwin defended 115 runs stunningly in the tournament opener against the Chepauk Super Gillies to win by 10 runs. The Panthers thumped the Tuti Patriots to chase down 125 runs in the 13th over itself with nine wickets in hand. Ashwin continues to be the key player for the Dragons while the defending champions will be hoping for another team effort in a blockbuster clash.
The 5th match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019 will be played between Dindigul Dragons vs Madurai Panthers 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.
This is the first match of this season in Tirunelveli and the surface is expected to be a decent one for batting. Last year, the scores hovered around 170 at the start before the pitch slowed down considerably as the tournament progressed. The team winning the toss is expected to bowl first to assess the behaviour of the pitch.
Average first innings score: 149 (Last 10 night matches at the venue (TNPL 2018))
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 3, Tied – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan (wk), Ravi Ashwin (c), NS Chaturved, R Vivek, Mohan Abhinav, Sumant Jain, Ramalingam Rohit, M Mohammed, M Silambarasan, Jagannathan Kaushik
Bench: Adithya Arun, ME Yazh Arun Mozhi, S Sujay, Varun Totadri, Trilok Nag.
Arun Karthik (c), A Sarath Raj, Shijit Chandran, Jagatheesan Kousik, Nilesh Subramanian (WK), Abhishek Tanwar, R Mithun, Kiran Akash, Rahil Shah, Lokesh Raj, Akash Sumra.
Bench: Thalaivan Sargunam, D Rohit, Varun Chakravarthy, SS Karnavar, MS Promoth, Tushar Raheja, Muruganantham.
(Will be added when there’s an update)
Arun Karthik in TNPL 2018:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Ravi Ashwin, Nilesh Subramanian, N Jagadeesan
Vice-Captain Options: NS Chaturved, Arun Karthik, C Hari Nishanth.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – N Jagadeesan, Nilesh Subramanian
Batsmen – R Vivek, NS Chaturved, Arun Karthik (VC), Sarath Raj
All-Rounders – Ravi Ashwin (C)
Bowlers – M Mohammed, M Silambarasan, Kiran Akash, R Mithun.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Nilesh Subramanian (C)
Batters – C Hari Nishanth (VC), S Jain, Arun Karthik, Shijit Chandran, Sarath Raj
All-Rounders – Ravi Ashwin, Rahil Shah
Bowlers – M Mohammed, M Silambarasan, Abhishek Tanwar.
Ravi Ashwin will bat at number three and bowls four overs as well. He is an ideal candidate to be made the captain.
In grand leagues, one of the bowlers could be made captain as the nature of the surface is unknown.
It is difficult to predict the winner but Dindigul Dragons might have an edge over
*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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