Dindigul Dragons vs Lyca Kovai Kings, 25th Match Prediction2019-08-08
India Cement Company Ground, Tirunelveli
Lyca Kovai Kings
Lyca Kovai Kings
Man of the Match: T Natarajan
?Dindigul Dragons are unbeaten in the ongoing season, won all their earlier 6 games.
?Kovai Kings won 3 out of their 6 games played in the TNPL 2019. With 6 points, Kovai kings are currently at 5th place in the point table.
?Dindigul Dragons batsman, N Jagadeesan, is currently the leading scorer in the tournament with 361 runs at an average of 120.33.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: Dindigul Dragons to win this match!
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Table topper Dindigul Dragons will take on Kovai Kings in the 25th Twenty20 TNPL match at the India Cements Limited- Sankar Nagar Ground, Tirunelveli on Wednesday.
Dindigul Dragon side has already made it into the knockouts and hasn't lost a game thus far. They notched their sixth successive victory of the season in the last game versus VB Kanchi Veerans. Batting unit chased the target of 134 very comprehensively with 7 wickets in hand. Opening batsman Hari Nishanth played excellent knock of 61 runs. Overall so far this season, N Jagadeesan has been the standout player for the Dragons. He is currently the leading run-scorer in the tournament, scored 361 runs from 6 games at an average of 120.33. M Silambarasan has been the notable bowler for the side this season; he picked 10 wickets from just 6 games. Both their batsmen and bowlers are playing their part to perfection. Skipper R Ashwin led side will look to produce another clinical performance and continue the winning force for the playoffs game.
On the other hand, this is a do-or-die encounter for Lyca Kovai Kings. They had their third win of the ongoing tournament in the last game. To stand a chance for the playoffs they certainly need to win the games versus Dragon and besides, need the results of other teams in their favor. In the last game, Kovai Kings bowling unit did a splendid job to defend rather the lower score in the must-win game. A Dhas and M Rangarajan both took two wickets. Earlier in batting, opening duo Sharukh Khan and skipper A Mukund provided solid 84 runs opening stand. S Khan scored 59 of 43 balls. Nevertheless, in this very important game, they will be taking on the most successful team of the season; hence, it would require a commanding performance from both the batting and bowling unit. Kovai Kings will aim to break the Dindigul winning streak and hope for the playoffs.
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India’s star player, R Ashwin led side so far has been the most successful team in the fourth season of the TNPL. They have ticked all boxes in their unbeaten run in the season.
Wicket-keeper batsman Narayan Jagadeesan has been in stupendous form in this season as well. He is the leading scorer for the Dindigul side with 361 runs from six games. He is the principal player in the batting line-up and once again the onus will be on him to deliver with the bat. Another opener, Hari Nishanth has been playing his role to perfection so far. He played few anchored inning earlier this season. He is the second-best run-scorer for the Dragons, scored 238 runs from 6 games at an average of 59.50. He along with N Jagadeesan can pose a tough barrier up-front for the opponent.
On the bowling front, M Silambarasan has been one of the best bowlers in the tournament so far, took 10 wickets in six games and bowled very economically. While J Kaushik has also picked 8 wickets this season. In the previous game, bowlers put a very dominant performance to restrict the opponent on the somewhat lower score. Mohan Abhinav took 3 wickets and H Nishanth bagged two wickets. The quality spinner, R Ashwin bowled with an economy of less than 6 and also picked 7 wickets thus far.
Dindigul Dragons would look to continue their dominant run in the fourth season of TNPL.
B Praanesh, M Silambarasan, Narayan Jagadeesan, Ramalingam Rohit, M Mohammed, S Sujay, Sumant Jain, M Abhinav, C Hari Nishanth, Adithya Arun, R Vivek
|C Hari Nishanth||61||44||5||3||138.64|
|C Hari Nishanth||3.0||0||17||2||5.67|
|C Hari Nishanth||3.0||0||17||2||5.67|
Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin (c), NS Chaturvedi, Ramalingam Rohit, M Mohammed, R Vivek, M Silambarasan, Jagannathan Kaushik, Mohan Abhinav, Sumant Jain
It’s a very significant game for the Kovai Kings, they need to put up a clinical performance in all aspects of the game to win this match. In batting, the team is relying heavily upon their key player Shahrukh Khan and Abhinav Mukund. Skipper Abhinav Mukund has been their primary batsman in the side and once again the responsibility will be on him to deliver the match-winning performance. He is the leading scorer in the side, with 179 runs, while second-best Sharukh Khan scored 164 runs from 5 games.
Opener batsman M Shahrukh possesses great skills to take apart opponent bowling attacks in the Power Play. He is also back in form with his crucial knock of 59 runs in the previous game. He can hammer the Dragon bowlers in the powerplay.
The bowling unit consists of Thangarasu Natarajan, Antony Dhas and S Ajith were very disciplined in the previous game. They did remarkably well to deliver under the pressure situation. Thangarasu Natarajan and Anthony Dhas are the top-wicket takers for the Kovai Kings, both picked 8 wickets each. Bowling unit needs to be more accurate versus the start-studded Dragons batting line-up. Bowlers need to take early wickets.
Shahrukh Khan, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, S Ajith Ram, S Manigandan, Ashwin Venkataraman, T Natarajan, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, Malolan Rangarajan, Abhinav Mukund, Akkil Srinaath, Antony Dhas
|P Ranjan Paul||18||12||3||0||150|
Abhinav Mukund (c), Malolan Rangarajan, T Natarajan, Shahrukh Khan, Antony Dhas, S Ajith Ram, Akkil Srinaath, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, Pradosh Ranjan Paul (wk), S Manigandan, Muhammed Khan
The track at Tirunelveli seems to be an extremely good one to bat on. The ball comes on nicely and the pitch assists stroke-makers. So, the batsmen can go through their shots quite comfortably. The average score of 162 also proves that the teams are posting above par totals.
With the pitches expected to slow down as the tournament progresses, the trend of batting first should continue. In the last 5 games of TNPL. Chasing team has lost 3 games. The records are relatively in favor of batting first team.
We anticipate the team winning toss will look to bat first.
It will be a tough challenge for Kovai Kings when they take table leader in the tournament – Dindigul Dragons. Dindigul side led by inspirational skipper R Ashwin playing quality and consistent cricket in all aspects of the game. Besides, they got a most successful batsman of the ongoing season, Narayan Jagadeesan, who has single-handedly won his team many games. He along with Hari Nishant is the best opening pair of the tournament. Hence, The Dindigul Dragons look the clear favorites in this game based on their performances in the ongoing season.
We predict Dindigul Dragons will win this match!
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