Who Will Win Lyca Kovai Kings vs VB Kanchi Veerans, TNPL 2019?
Lyca Kovai Kings and VB Kanchi Veerans will get their 2019 Tamil Nadu Premier League campaigns underway on July 21, in a match to be played at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul. The live action begins at 19:15 local time.
LKK vs VKV, TNPL 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports
Live streaming: Hotstar
LKK vs VKV Toss Prediction
With a used, batting wicket on offer the captains will be likely to want to set a target. It could be an important toss for Baba Aparajith and VB Kanchi Veerans if they are to overturn last season’s poor form.
LKK vs VKV Weather Report
While it may be wetter earlier in the day, by the time the match starts in the evening it should just be cloudy and humid.
LKK vs VKV Pitch Condition
Lyca Kovai Kings and VB Kanchi Veerans are the last teams to get their 2019 TNPL campaigns underway so this will be a well-used wicket by the time of this game. It could have lost some of its pace as a result.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Lyca Kovai Kings vs VB Kanchi Veerans, TNPL 2019...
Lyca Kovai Kings Team News & Playing 11
LKK Team News
Malolan Rangarajan is among the new additions to the Lyca Kovai Kings’ squad, but the core of last year’s team remains. The only exception is wicket-keeper Ravi Kumar Rohith, who is not part of this year’s Kovai Kings’ squad. Mohammed Ashik, one of their other draft picks, will be the new man behind the stumps.
LKK Key Players
Abhinav Mukund: The Kovai Kings’ captain was their second highest run scorer last season and he was in fine form for Tamil Nadu in the first-class game last winter too. He finished the season with back-to-back hundreds and will want to pick up where he left off.
Shahrukh Khan: The 24-year-old right-hander made his mark last season with three half-centuries on his way to 325 runs in nine innings. It was not just the amount of runs he scored – which made him the Kovai Kings’ top scorer – but the speed at which he scored them, boasting a strike rate of 141.30.
Thangarasu Natarajan: The Kovai Kings’ highest wicket-taker and most economical bowler last season, the left-arm medium-pace bowler struck 12 times in eight matches and conceded his runs at just a fraction over five-an-over.
LKK Team Form
Lyca Kovai Kings reached the second qualifier last season, where they lost to eventual champions Siechem Madurai Panthers. They finished third in the table with four wins and three defeats before seeing off Idream Karaikudi Kaalai in the first eliminator. Led by Ashwin Venkataraman’s 45, they could only post 125/7 in the qualifier, however, and succumbed to a seven-wicket defeat.
Lyca Kovai Kings Predicted Playing 11
Shahrukh Khan, Abhinav Mukund (c), Mohammed Ashik (wk), Ashwin Venkataraman, Balchander Anirudh, Antony Dhas, Prasanth Rajesh, Ajith Ram, S Manigandan, Kishnamoorthy Vignesh, Thangarasu Natarajan
VB Kanchi Veerans Team News & Playing 11
VKV Team News
VB Kanchi Veerans made four new signings in the player draft, with K Gowtham Thamarai Kannan known to Lyca Kovai Kings, having represented them in 2016 and 2017. The pace bowler is joined by left-arm medium pace bowler Rangaraj Suthesh, NS Harish and P Sugendhran in joining the squad. Gowtham and Suthesh could come into the team as the Kanchi Veerans look to bounce back from a poor 2018 campaign.
VKV Key Players
Raju Aushik Srinivas: The Coimbatore-born left-arm spinner led the way for the VB Kanchi Veerans with nine wickets last season, including 3-12 when they last played the Kovai Kings.
Baba Aparajith: Though he could not lift Kanchi Veerans to any success last season, the 25-year-old all-rounder has since impressed for Tamil Nadu with a number of useful scores in the Ranji Trophy.
P Francis Rokins: In a season of few highlights, Francis Rokins at least proved to be a handy acquisition last time out, catching the eye with two decent knocks and some big hitting in his five appearances.
VKV Team Form
VB Kanchi Veerans won just one of their seven matches last season, though that victory did come against the Lyca Kovai Kings – Aushik Srinivas claiming 3-12 from his four overs as they defended 116/8 to win by 14 runs at Tirunelveli. After that brief respite, they lost their final two games, however, finishing seventh in the group.
VB Kanchi Veerans Predicted Playing 11
Sanjay Yadav, Baba Aparajith (c), K Vishal Vaidhya, U Vishal, RS Mokit Hariharan, P Francis Rokins, Rangaraj Suthesh, Suresh Lokeshwar (wk), Gowtham Thamarai Kannan, Raju Aushik Srinivas, C Shriram
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
LKK : L W W L W
VKV : L L W L L
LKK vs VKV Head to Head
In the three previous editions of the Tamil Nadu Premier League, VB Kanchi Veerans have beaten Lyca Kovai Kings twice – including their only win of last season’s tournament.
In 2016, Baba Aparajith top-scored with an unbeaten 74 from 39 in a thrilling game – his team posting 170/6 and winning by just two runs. Aparajith hit 60 the following year, but the Kovai Kings chased down 197 to winby seven wickets off the final ball, thanks to Anirudh Sita Ram’s unbeaten 69.
Last time out, the Kanchi Veerans posted just 116/8, but Aushik Srinivas’ 3-12 from four overs helped restrict the Kovai Kings to 102/9 in response.
Lyca Kovai Kings vs VB Kanchi Veerans Prediction
VB Kanchi Veerans beat Lyca Kovai Kings last season but it was their only win in a disappointing campaign and their new acquisitions do not look enough to lift them from their mire. Lyca Kovai Kings can exact a little revenge.
Final Verdict: Back Lyca Kovai Kings to beat VB Kanchi Veerans.
LKK vs VKV Dream11 Prediction
With prices generally fair, there is not much danger of running out of funds for this one. There are a few stand-out candidates, who have excelled in this fixture in the past.
The choice is Mohammed Ashik or Suresh Lokeshwar and Lyca Kovai Kings went all-out to sign the former this season. After his good form locally, he could be a key player in this year’s tournament.
Lyca Kovai Kings’ captain Abhinav Mukund is generously priced at just 8.5 credits, while Shahrukh Khan – their top run scorer last season – is available to pick up for nine credits. Francis Rokins was a big-hitting highlight in an otherwise disappointing season for VB Kanchi Veerans last season.
VB Kanchi Veerans’ captain Baba Aparajith was a key player in this fixture in both 2016 and 2017 and continues to lead his side. With the need to pick at least four VBKK players, Mokit Hariharan could be another useful pick as an all-rounder. For the Kovai Kings, Prasanth Rajesh picked up 11 wickets and scored some useful lower-order runs last season.
Man of the match in this fixture last season, Aushik Srinivas was also VB Kanchi Veerans’ leading wicket-taker. Thangarasu Natarajan took that honour for Lyca Kovai Kings last season and he is generously priced at just eight credits. Just one wicket behind Natarajan were Kishnamoorthy Vignesh and Ajith Ram, who could again help to form a dominating bowling attack this season.
Baba Aparajith is a key figure for VB Kanchi Veerans and has made his mark on this fixture in the past. Prasant Rajesh could be a useful pick as vice-captain, given he could contribute wickets and lower-order runs.