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Tuti Patriots vs VB Kanchi Veerans: it’s time for Tuti patriots to step-up and perform

Tuti Patriots will be facing Madurai Veerans on the 15th match of the ongoing TNPL at India cements cricket ground Tirunelveli. This tournament has not been the best so far for Tuti patriots since they are one among the most consistent teams in the tournament. Their batting has not clicked well and at the same time, their bowlers are also not playing up to their potential. Their batsmen need to step up and perform to find their name in semi-final list. Another important drawback for them is the lack of the fifth bowler it is also really halting them badly. Because at crucial juncture you expect a bowler to stand up and take wickets for his team but that is not happening for Tuti patriots. But their bowler Athisiyaraj Davidson is doing his best but he lacks support from another end. Same applies to their batting also Ganesh Moorthy has been their pillar and has scored runs at crucial juncture but he lacks support from another end that is hurting them badly.

On another hand, VB Kanchi Veerans seems to found out their winning ways. After a disappointing performance in their first encounter, VB Kanchi Veerans are back on track with two consecutive victories. But they are also having their concerns as their three batsmen Sanjay Yadav, baba Aparjith and Suresh Lokeshwar fail to register 30+ scores in three consecutive innings. When it comes to their bowling Silambarasan’s consistency has been the talking point this season. In the last match also he continued his superb form and taken his maiden five-wicket haul in the tournament. He also getting ample support from Thamarai Kannan and Sutheesh as they are containing runs at one end allows Silambarasan to bowl in attacking lengths.

Pitch report:

As of now, teams that are chasing has found success in TNPL this season. This is mainly due to the dew factor in the latter part of the innings. India cements cricket ground has been the paradise for batters and it will continue to remain the same this match also. So the team that chases the total will have a slight advantage than batting first.

Expected playing XI:

Tuti Patriots:

V Subramania Siva (c), Akshay Srinivasan, Sivagnanan Senthilnathan, Murugesan Kamlesh (wk), Shubham Mehta, S Abishiek, Vasanth Saravanan, SP Nathan, M Sathya Raj, M Ganesh Moorthi, Tamil Kumaran.

VB Kanchi Veerans:

Baba Aparajith (c), Rajagopal Sathish, Suresh Lokeshwar (wk), S Siddharth, R Silambarasan, Sanjay Yadav, K Vishal Vaidhya, P Francis Rokins, NS Harish, K Gowtham Thamarai Kannan, Rangaraj Suresh.

 

Players to watch out for:

Tuti Patriots:

Akshay Srinivasan:

Akshay Srinivasan has been the consistent performer in TNPL but he hasn’t clicked as he would like to be. So he will look to step up and perform which will help his team to pull off a victory against VB Kanchi Veerans.

Ganesh Moorthi:

Ganesh Moorthi has been the star performance for Tuti Patriots this season as he is picking wickets consistently and also scoring runs at regular intervals which makes him a valuable asset to any team.

VB Kanchi Veerans:

Baba Aparjith:

One of the brightest prospects in Tamil Nadu cricketing circles baba Aparjith is not having the tournament as he would like to be, he will look to bounce back strongly and put up a strong performance which can help his team to register three consecutive victories.

Silambarasan:

Silambarasan is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament so far and he will look to continue the same performance this match which will take his team to cross the victory margin.

Final thoughts:

VB Kanchi Veerans are fully confident as his team registered two consecutive victories. If they can able to overcome the batting issues they can easily pull off a victory.

SL vs WI: both the teams are playing for pride

SL will face an uphill task against mighty WI as they are heading towards their 8th match of the tournament at Riverside Durham today. Both the teams are virtually out of the tournament but still, SL is having the minor chance as they have to win last two matches and hope for positive outcomes from Pakistan and England fixtures. Malinga has been their go-to man and he is doing everything for his troubling team at the age of 35. He is not getting enough support from another end. Dhananjay de silver has been another positive prospect from the tournament as he is troubling the batsmen with his off-cutters. As far as batting is concerned Kushal Perera and Avishka Fernando are doing considerably well along with Captain Dilmuth Karunaratne. It is time for the senior players like Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, and Thisara Perera to step up and perform well today.

WI on another hand has shown the glimpse of Positivity but that is overcome by their paltry performance. They are completely out of the tournament and are playing for the pride. Chris Gayle, Nicolas Pooran and Shimron Hetmeyer are getting starts but are not converting them into big scores that led them down severely. They have too many options in bowling which eventually led them down. Because only a few occasions at least one of their bowlers finished the quota of 10 overs which is not a good sign for a team with international standard. Still, they can impose some treat against quality teams as they have got all the abilities to upset any teams across the world.  Today they will look to win the game which will help them to satisfy the people in the Carribean.

Team statistics:

Both the teams are equally poised as far as past records are concerned. As they have met against each other in 7 occasions and both have won thrice each and one match was washed away due to rain. During 1996 world cup West Indies have refused to play against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka due to security reasons. So full points have given to Sri Lanka. With both the teams are looking week these days it is going to be the interesting contest as both the teams are playing for pride.

Expected playing XI:

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga,

West Indies: Jason Holder (C), Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, and Oshane Thomas.

Players to watch out for:

Sri Lanka:

Kusal Perera:

Kusal Perera is in red hot form right from the tournament and he has given some flying start for the tournament but somehow opposite bowlers have found ways to get out him quickly in later part of the tournament. So he will look to repeat the same performance which he has delivered at the beginning of the tournament.

Dhanajaya de Silva:

Dhanajaya de Silva has been a revelation for Sri Lanka this tournament as he is taking wickets at regular intervals and also founding ways to stop the run flow. He is also an all-rounder and he will look to contribute heavily with bat and ball that will help his team to earn a victory today.

West Indies:

Jason Holder:

The genuine all-rounder and Captain Jason holder have been contributing at least one of the departments whether it may be bowling or batting. So he will look to contribute heavily with both ball and bat that will help his team, to pull off a victory.

One of the senior pros in world cricket at the moment Chris Gayle is getting starts but is unable to convert them into big scores which will really hurt him as a player. So he will be looking to convert those starts into big scores which will definitely help his team to get past the victory line.

West Indies will have a good chance to salvage some pride if they play up to their potential. We can expect a good match today between these two sides.

New Zealand vs Pakistan: unpredictable Pakistan faces formidable New Zealand

After a stunning victory against South Africa Pakistan will face formidable New Zealand at Edgbaston today. Pakistan are placed 7th spot in the tournament with England’s defeat yesterday opened up their chances and if they can able to win the remaining matches they can qualify for the semi-finals. So far Pakistan is wearing the unpredictable tag as they have defeated top teams like England and South Africa and suffered a humiliating defeat against India. They are one of the strongest bowling line-ups in the tournament and can rattle any batting line-ups on their day. As far as batting is concerned their talented and expected trio Babar Azam Fakhar Zaman and imam ul-Haq are not faring well and this remains a huge concern for them. Because of these factors, they couldn’t able to get the right starts as they would like to be.

New Zealand on another hand they are facing the real challenge against Pakistan bowling line-up today. They are the team that is constantly improving in every game they pass led from the front their skipper Kane Williamson is in red hot form and he is ably supported by Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, and Tom Latham. As far as their bowling department is concerned Lockie Ferguson has been their revelation and he gets the right amount of support from fellow pacers like matt henry and Trent Boult. James Neesam and Colin de Grandhome are providing the right balance for the side and Mitchel Santner is also doing his job with economical spells.

Team statistics:

Pakistan and New Zealand are having a long-standing history as far as ICC tournaments are concerned and both the teams have against each other in 8 occasions and Pakistan is clearly taking the upper hand with six victories and New Zealand has won 2 games so far. The history is backing Pakistan and current form of New Zealand makes the match more interesting.

Expected playing XI:

New Zealand: Kane Williamson(C), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(WK), James Neesham, Colin De Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, and Lockie Ferguson

Pakistan: Ahmed (C and WK), Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz Hassan Ali,  and Mohammad Amir

Players to watch out for:

New Zealand:

Kane Williamson:

The kiwi’s skipper leading from the front has already scored two hundred and two fifties so far in the tournament will be looking to score big against quality opposition like Pakistan which will boost his confidence as well as fancies the chance of his team to seal the semi-final berth.

Ross Taylor:

One of the pillars of New Zealand batting line up already contributed the team;’s cause with three fifties in the tournament so far. He will look to make his presence felt by scoring big today. It will boost his confidence while heading towards semi-finals of the tournament.

Pakistan:

Babar Azam:

One of the talented batsmen in world cricket these days Babar Azam has been the mainstay of Pakistan’s batting line-up as of now and he had quiet tournament till now with only two fifties to his name. batsmen of his caliber can able to bounce back at any time and he will look to score big today which will help his team to forge a grand total which also boost his confidence to move ahead in the tournament.

Mohammad Amir:

Mohammad Amir is doing everything for his team’s cause. He is picking early wickets with the new ball and giving breakthroughs in middle overs and also bowling exceptionally well in later part of the innings. So New Zealand will face a tough challenge in the name of Amir today.

New Zealand looking well-balanced side on paper can seal the match with their current form but have to work hard on their skills to win big.

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan: Bangladesh will look to keep their semi-final hopes alive with a win

Bangladesh is no longer minnows as they have beaten top teams consistently prior to the world cup and here too they have surprised many with their breath-taking performance. Led by ever inspired Mashrafe Mortaza and their performance is mainly due to one man Shakib Al Hassan he has been in top-notch form with batting, fielding, and bowling. He has been their leading wicket taker and run scorer for Bangladesh and played a key role with their win against West Indies and South Africa. His form is vital for them to keep their semi-final hopes alive as they are taking on Afghanistan today at Hampshire bowl. With Sri Lanka handed a shocking defeat to England it is important to win this match to move closer to their semi-final berth.

Afghanistan on another hand has given India a jolt and run for their money will look to continue the same performance to pull off their first victory in the tournament. Their spinning bowling finally started clicking and their bowlers are pitching the balls at right areas which trouble the Indian batsmen. As far their batting is concerned they have fared well decently against strong Indian bowling line-up and they have to repeat the same performance which will help them to upset the inspired Bangladeshi unit.

Team statistics:

Overall both the teams have met against each other in 7 occasions and out of them, 4 of the matches has been won by Bangladesh and 3 of them won by Afghanistan. When it comes to world cup they played against each other in the occasion and Bangladesh won that match considerably in 2015. Both the teams eying to raise their standards and bars so this match will bring much excitement to the cricketing fans across the globe.

Expected playing XI:

Bangladesh:

Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Das, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Mortaza (Capt),  Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.

Afghanistan:

Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Players to watch out for:

Tamim Iqbal:

Tamim Iqbal has been the highest run-getter for Bangladesh and he is slowly getting his rhythm right with his performance. He seems to be out of touch in initial stages of the game but now he is converting the starts into decent scores which is very much important for his team’s victory.

Shakib al Hassan:

As you all know the fact that how much impact he has created this world cup. He is one among the top run-getters so far in the tournament. He loves to put up yet another strong performance which will help his team to get past the winning mark without many hurdles.

Afganistan:

Gulbadin Naib:

The talented all-rounder is leading the Afghanistan outfit with his all-around efforts which helped them to raise their bar in the last match against India. He will look to put up a strong performance again that will help his team to earn their first victory in the tournament.

Mohammed Nabi:

He is an experienced campaigner and the value he is bringing it to the team is enormous. He is a quality finger spinner who can break any partnerships as well as he can play the role of a finisher. So he will look to repeat the same performance against Bangladesh to earn his team’s first victory.

With clean weather and the dry surface, you can expect a slowness in pitch which will suit the Afganistan spinners very much. Hope we can expect yet another close encounter in the tournament.

World Cup 2019 England vs Afghanistan: it’s time for England to check their bench strength

World cup hosts England is taking on Afghanistan at Old Trafford, Manchester today. It is expected to be the high scoring encounter as the last match India vs Pakistan produced a high scoring octane on last Sunday. For England, they are on a roller coaster ride as they remain unbeaten so far. Not only unbeaten most of the matches ended as a one-sided contest on England favour. With home advantage and form of the players will definitely help them and it will be an easy task for them to seal a victory.  They are facing few injury worries like Jason Roy left the field in the last match against Bangladesh and he will be out for two matches. Eoin Morgan is also facing injury niggles and he is expected to be fit for today’s match.

Afghanistan on another hand yet to play a 50 over innings in batting as they are suffering the batting collapse in every match. Once their top order got out their batting line-up getting collapsed every time. This is the never-ending story. It’s high time that their batting order should step up and do the needful for the team’s cause. Rashid Khan has been less effective these days and it seems to be the worrying factor for them. He is not getting wickets as he has done in the past and he looks like an out of touch these days. So Afghanistan is having plenty of problems to fix but if their spin bowlers play up to their potential they can be match winners.

Team statistics:

Both the teams have faced each other in only one time and England emerged victorious in the one-sided contest. That was the dead rubber encounter as both the teams were out of the quarterfinal qualifier. So today both the teams are again meeting each other and weather not seems to cause any issues and after the initial burst from bowlers, the spinners can take the control in later part of the innings.

Expected playing X1:

England:

James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali,  Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer

Afghanistan:

Hazratullah Zazai, amid Hassan, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Players to watch out for:

England:

Joe root:

Joe Root is in excellent form this world cup as he is the highest run scorer till date. So far he has scored 2 centuries and he looks to continue the same form against weakest opposition like Afghanistan. With Jason Roy not playing today, he might move on to no.3 which will give ample amount of time to settle down and score big

Jofra Archer:

Jofra Archer has been the revelation to England’s bowling line-up. He has got a swing, pace, and ability to hit line and length. With the new ball in hand and relatively inexperienced side, he can cause major troubles to Afghanistan top order.

Afghanistan:

Hazratullah Zazai:

20-year old Hazratullah Zazai is one of the high-quality top order batsmen who can score big hundreds without any hurdles. He has got a wide range of shots that can unsettle any bowler’s rhythm. So Afghanistan will look at him to counter the Jofra archer’s new ball burst.

Rashid Khan:

As mentioned earlier he is not in his prime form but can able to change the tables on his corner. After the initial pace burst, it is spinners who is going to control the innings and he can make a difference if he hit in right areas.

It will be an easy outing for England if the Afghanistan spinners not played up to their potential.