Posted On 19th July 2019 01:28:05
Karaikudi Kaalai will face Ruby Trichy Warriors in this second game of the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019. The match is scheduled to be played on July 20 at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul. Live telecast will begin at 3:15 PM local time.
Karaikudi Kaalai will be captained by Srikkanth Anirudha who finished third on the runs charts last year with 347 runs. The skipper hit a couple of half-centuries and scored a 28-ball 41 in the game against Ruby Trichy Warriors. While he is going to be the key man once again for his side at the top of the order, the team's middle-order batting will rely mainly on wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. Karaikudi will also expect handy contributions with the bat from Maan Bafna and V Aditya. R Rajkumar, S Mohan Prasath and Yo Mahesh are the main weapons in the team's bowling arsenal. Rajkumar and Mahesh were their most impressive bowlers last time with 11 wickets apiece. Mahesh is likely to lead Karaikudi's pace attack and he will be backed by his team to strike early. Mohan Prasath took three wickets last time against the Warriors and the left-arm spinner can trouble them again.
Ruby Trichy Warriors will bank on their top three batsmen in Murali Vijay, Bharath Shankar and Suresh Kumar to set the tone of their innings. Bharath Shankar scored the most runs for them last season - 246 runs including two half-centuries and had a strike-rate of 142.19. Suresh Kumar was also amongst the runs and averaged 45. He will also have a vital role to play with the ball. The all-rounder returned figures of 3-12 against Karaikudi Kaalai last time and the team will want him to replicate that performance on Saturday. Chandrasekar Ganapathy was the leading wicket-taker for the Warriors last year with 10 wickets which included a five-wicket haul. He and Kannan Vignesh are likely to take the new balls and it will be up to them to apply pressure on the opposition in the powerplay.
KK vs RTW Head to Head
Karaikudi Kaalai have never lost to Ruby Trichy Warriors in the short history of the Tamil Nadu Premier League. The two teams have faced each other three times in the past - once in every season - with the former having emerged victorious on all three occasions.
In their most recent encounter last year, the Warriors elected to bat first after winning the toss and were bundled out for just 114. Karaikudi's chase got off to a good start but a middle-order collapse put them in a spot of bother at 79-5. They, however, managed to get over the line in the end to win the match by one wicket.
Karaikudi Kaalai vs Ruby Trichy Warriors Prediction
Karaikudi Kaalai have beaten Ruby Trichy Warriors on all three occasions in the Tamil Nadu Premier League and that will certainly give them a huge psychological advantage heading into this game. The former even made it to the playoffs last time while the latter were ousted at the end of the league stage. The Warriors do have a few match-winners in their side like Murali Vijay, Suresh Kumar and Chandrasekar Ganapathy, but Karaikudi appear slightly superior on paper which is why we are backing them to win this match.
Final Verdict: Back Karaikudi Kaalai to beat Ruby Trichy Warriors.
KK vs RTW Dream11 Prediction
||Dinesh Karthik (vc)
||S Mohan Prasath
||R Sonu Yadav
|Srikkanth Anirudha (c)