VB Kanch Veerans vs Karaikudi Kaalai: it is a contest between the teams with depth in batting vs depth in bowling.
Both the teams have fared well in their previous encounters. So the expectations are on high between these two sides when they face against each other at NPR college ground Dindigul. Kaaraikudi Kaalai has produced a nail-biting encounter in their first match which went to super over. With two sixes of their star batsmen, Aniruddha Srikanth has helped them to pull off a victory against ruby Trichy warriors that day. With winning mindset and right team combination are considered as the strengths for Karaikudi Kaalai. As they are led by inspiring Aniruddha Srikanth and also has got the right amount of power hitters in the lower middle order which is always a thread for opposite bowlers.
While VB Kanchi Veerans on another hand their results in the previous encounter didn’t go on their favor and conceded an easy victory to Lyca Kovai kings. So they need to come back to their winning ways and have to turn their tables on their favour. Kaalai will look to have a consecutive victory by winning this match which will be the headache for Kanchi Veerans. With the likes of Baba Aparajith and Aushik Srinivas in their ranks, they can easily dismantle any batting line-up. So it will be an interesting encounter as one team is having the batting depth and another team is possessing the bowling depth.
Dindigul pitch is a tricky pitch which is not a high scoring one. The pitch will have some uneven bounce and will suit the offspinners very well. Considering the slow nature of the wickets seam bowlers needs to be smart enough to use off-cutters to get better of their batsmen. Batting second is the wise option so toss is going to play a crucial role here.
Expected playing XI:
Srikkanth Anirudha (c), V Aditya, Rajhamany Srinivasan, Maan Bafna, Dinesh Karthik (wk), S Swaminathan, R Rajkumar, Velidi Lakshman, Sunil Sam, M Shajahan, S Mohan Prasath.
VB Kanchi Veerans:
Baba Aparajith (c), Rajagopal Sathish, Suresh Lokeshwar (wk), R Silambarasan, Sanjay Yadav, K Vishal Vaidhya, P Francis Rokins, U Mukilesh, Aushik Srinivas, S Arun, Rangaraj Suthesh.
Players to watch out for:
Anirudha Srikanth is one of the devasting openers in TNPL. With his vast domestic experience, he has got the power to dismantle any bowling attack. He kept his heads calm and hit two massive sixers in super over to pull off a stunning victory against ruby Trichy warriors. He will look to repeat the same performance in this match also.
Another international cricketer who left out of Indian squad due to poor performance Dinesh Karthik will make this an opportunity to find some form that will help him to reclaim his spot in the Indian team.
VB Kanchi Veerans:
Another exciting order who is expected to make it big at international level baba Aparajith’s all-round abilities will come in handy. He will look to utilize this opportunity to showcase his cricketing skills in front of the selectors.
With Dindigul pitch traditionally supports spinners and slow bowlers Sathish’s off-cutters and his big-hitting abilities down the order are crucial for Kanchi Veerans to pull off a victory.
Among both, the teams Karaikudi Kaalai has got upper hand since they have depth in batting but considering the pitch both the teams have to apply the basic cricketing skills to earn a victory.