Dindigul Dragons vs Karaikudi Kaalai: Dindigul Dragons looks to continue the winning momentum.
Ongoing Tamil Nadu premier league is going fast and it has reached a point where all the matches from now are important for all teams. Initially teams struggling to find their combinations right but it seems every team has settled with their combinations. Today undefeated Dindigul dragons are all set to take on Karaikudi Kaalai at India cements cricket ground at Tirunelveli. Led by India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin Dindigul dragons are yet to suffer a defeat and are looking like a force to reckon with. Jagadesan and Silambarasan are the picks of the players for Dindigul dragons with both ball and bat. With six points and with the run rate of +1.333 they are the team to beat this tournament and they are looking to continue the winning streak which will boost their confidence when heading towards semi-final.
Karaikudi Kaalai on another hand is got a flying start as they defeated Ruby Trichy Warriors in super over but they failed to continue the winning momentum and lost the match against Lyca super kings. With qualification scenarios on the cards, Karikudi Kaalai will look to come back to the winning ways which will help them to earn semi-final berth. Srikanth Aniruddha and Sunil Sam have been their leading batsmen and bowler so far in the tournament and the team is seriously looking at senior players to step up and perform as the tournament has reached the crucial juncture.
Right from the first match, India cements cricket ground has been batting paradise and this match also there is no exception on it. With short boundaries and flat wicket, batsmen will look to clear the boundary ropes as much as they can. Initially batting first will provide the option of setting big score which is a little bit difficult for the chasing team to chase in lights. So the team that bats first will have an added advantage.
Expected playing XI:
Ravi Ashwin (C), Hari Nishanth, Narayan Jagadeesan (WK), R Vivek, Ravi Ashwin (C), NS Chaturved, Sumant Jain, M Mohammed, Ramalingam Rohit, M Silambarasan, Jagannathan Kaushik, Trilok Nag.
Srikkanth Anirudh (C), 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.
Players to watch out for:
Jagadeesan has one of the consistent players in TNPL and this season also no exception from that. He has forged an all-important partnership with captain Ravi Ashwin and scored a half-century in winning cause. So he will look to continue the same performance which will help his side to pull off a victory.
Captain Ravichandran is doing exceptionally well in the tournament as he is among the wickets and also started scoring runs with the bat. His all-round performance helped his team to pull off a victory in the last match and with West Indies series on cards he will continue to repeat the same performance which will help his side to pull off a victory today.
Srikanth Anirudh is a swashbuckling opener who has got the talent and experience behind him to put up a strong performance. His performance is vital for the Karaikudi Kaalai to have a blistering start that will help them to pull off a victory.
Another experienced campaigner Sunil sam has been the pick of the bowlers for Karaikudi Kaalai and has been troubling the batsmen with his slow off-cutters. He will look to repeat the same against today which will help the team to take early wickets and put pressure on them.
Considering the kind of form Dindigul dragons have pull off a victory but Karaikudi Kaalai on another hand will have to toil hard for victory.