A nail-biting game of cricket thoroughly entertained the fans when the Karaikudi Kaalai stepped onto the field for the first game of TNPL 2019. The game against Ruby Trichy Warriors went into a super over. That was when skipper Srikkanth Anirudha hit two consecutive sixes to earn his team two points. The team will be on the field yet again for their second game against the VB Kanchi Veerans.
Unfortunately for this team though, the result didn’t go their way in the last outing. They conceded an easy victory to the Lyca Kovai Kings and have got a lot to ponder upon. They will clearly want to turn the tables around and get back to the winning ways. However, the Kaalais have had a morale-boosting victory and the momentum is on their side. They’d look to keep that going and back their second consecutive victory.
The 7th match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019 will be played between Karaikudi Kaalai and VB Kanchi Veerans at the NPR College Ground, Dindigul.
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 track at Dindigul, typically, hasn’t been a high-scoring one. Teams batting first seemed to have struggled slightly but things have got really easy for the sides batting second. The last two games here at this venue were comfortably won by the sides who chased. If a team is batting first, they should look to be patient and get to a respectable total.
Average first innings score: 140 (Last 4 TNPL 2019 matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1, Tied – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
V Aditya, Srikkanth Anirudha (c), Rajhamany Srinivasan, Maan Bafna, Dinesh Karthik (wk), S Swaminathan, R Rajkumar, Velidi Lakshman, Sunil Sam, M Shajahan, S Mohan Prasath.
Bench: S Ganesh, L Suryaprakash, Yo Mahesh, T Ajith Kumar, RD Ashwin Kumar, R Kavin, S Kishan Kumar, Ashwath Mukumthan.
VB Kanchi Veerans:
Rajagopal Sathish, Baba Aparajith (c), Suresh Lokeshwar (wk), R Silambarasan, Sanjay Yadav, K Vishal Vaidhya, P Francis Rokins, U Mukilesh, Aushik Srinivas, S Arun, Rangaraj Suthesh.
Bench – R Divakar, C Shriram, K Deeban Lingesh, S Siddharth, NS Harish, K Gowtham Thamarai Kannan, RS Mokit Hariharan, U Vishal.
(Will be added where there an update)
R Rajkumar in TNPL 2018:
With bat – 102 runs in 7 innings at an average of 25.5
With ball – 11 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 18.55
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Srikkanth Aniruddha, Dinesh Karthik, R Rajkumar.
Vice-Captain Options – Suresh Lokeshwar, Rajhamany Srinivas, Rajgopal Sathish.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – S Lokeshwar (vc)
Batters – Srikkanth Anirudha (c), R Srinivasan, R Sathish, Sanjay Yadav
All-Rounders – R Rajkumar, M Bafna, B Aparajith
Bowlers – S Sam, R Suthesh, V Lakshman
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Dinesh Karthik (c), S Lokeshwar
Batters – Srikkanth Anirudha, M Shajahan, R Sathish (vc), P Francis Rokins
All-Rounders – B Aparajith
Bowlers – S Sam, R Suthesh, S Mohan Prasath, V Lakshman
These are still initial days of the tournament and it gets tough to make the picks. Thus, it is better to go by the current form of the players.
Karaikudi Kaalai seems to have an advantage over the Veerans in terms of the batting depth and thus might win the game.
*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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