Karaikudi Kaalai vs Ruby Trichy Warriors, 2nd Match Prediction2019-07-21
NPR College Ground, Dindigul
Ruby Trichy Warriors
Ruby Trichy Warriors
?Idream Karaikudi Kaalai and Ruby Trichy Warriors have played 3 matches so far, and Idream Karaikudi Kaalai have won all the three matches.
?Ruby Trichy Warriors have never reached to knock-out rounds in any of the previous seasons. Their best performance was in 2018 when they gained 6th place in the points table.
?Karaikudi reached to the playoffs in 2017 and 2018, after claiming fourth-spot in league matches in both the seasons.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: Idream Karaikudi Kaalai will defeat Ruby Trichy Warriors and open their account with 2 points in their inaugural match.
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Though RTW never defeated Karaikudi in 3 seasons, their 2018 encounter was a close one, in which Karaikudi defeated RTW, chasing a humble total of 114. Karaikudi won the game by just 1 wicket and 1 ball to spare. TNPL 2019 match between Karaikudi Kaalai and Trichy Warriors have star international players like Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik. The keeper-batsman Karthik would appear for Karaikudi while Murali Vijay will be seen opening the innings for Ruby Trichy Warriors.
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Karaikudi Kaalai, owned by Idream Cinemas and Idream Properties, roped in Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Dinesh Karthik, and retained the services of Anirudha Srikkanth in 2018. In 2016 edition, Karaikudi Kaalai finished fifth and missed to qualify for the Playoffs by a hairsbreadth. With 4 wins and 3 losses in 2016 season, Karaikudi remained at the fifth place in the points table. They shared the same points as 3rd and 4th place teams TUTI Patriots and Lyca Kovai Kings, but missed the playoffs due to lower net run rate.
Karaikudi qualified for the Playoffs in the 2017 and 2018 but lost to Lyca Kovai Kings in the eliminator-match both the times. Interestingly, in each of the seasons, they managed to win 4 matches in from their 7 outings. In 2018’s eliminator match, after restricting LKK to 137, Karaikudi lost 4 wickets in first five overs while chasing. They could never recover after such initial debacle and eventually lost by 24 runs.
KK seems to have a good all-round side this year, capable of reaching the playoffs. In 2018 season, Anirudha Srikkanth (347 runs, average 49.57, strike rate 154.22) was the top scorer for KK, followed by Maan Bafna (190 runs, average 23.75, strike rate 122.58) while R Rajkumar and Yo Mahesh took 11 wickets each.
Anirudha Srikkanth (c), Yo Mahesh, S Kishan Kumar, Velidi Lakshman, Dinesh Karthik(wk), M Shajahan, Rajhamany Srinivasan, R Rajkumar, S Mohan Prasath, Maan Bafna, V Aditya
Ruby Trichy Warriors represents the city of Tiruchirapalli. It was formerly named Ruby Kanchi Warriors in the first season (2016), in which they lost 5 of their 7 games and remained at 7th place in the points table. In the 2nd edition, RTW again finished at the 7th place, with just 1 win in their 7 outings. Their only win was against bottom-ranked Madurai Panthers.
RTW’s graph demonstrated improvements in TNPL 2018, as they won 4 out of 7 matches. They had started the tournament well by winning their first two matches against Dindigul Dragons and Chepauk Super Gillies. But thereafter they lost 3 consecutive games. In their last two games of 2018 season, they defeated TUTI Patriots and VB Kanchi Veerans and gathered 8 points, same as 3rd ranked LKK. However, they could not make it to the playoffs due to poor net-run-rate.
Murli Vijaya’s presence will boost the team’s morale to do even better this season. In 2018, Bharath Shankar (246 runs, 2 half-centuries, average 35.14, strike rate 142.2) had scored the maximum runs for RTW, followed by Suresh Kumar (225 runs, 1 half-century, an average of 45.00, a strike rate of 131.58). While in the bowling department, Chandrasekar Ganapathy (10 wickets, average 19.3, strike rate 14.9) claimed most wickets for RTW in 2018, followed by R Sonu Yadav (8 wickets, average 23.5, strike rate 17.25)
Baba Indrajith (c), Murali Vijay, Chandrasekar Ganapathy, Suresh Kumar, Bharath Shankar, DT Chandrasekar, R Sonu Yadav, MS Sanjay, K Mani Bharathi (wk), Lakshminarayanan Vignesh, P Saravan Kumar
The venue for this match is NPR college Ground, Dindigul. It has an artificial turf with a seating capacity of 5000 and floodlights. Out of 33 T20 games played on this ground, 11 matches were won by the teams batting first while 22 times the teams batting second have won.
The teams batting first sometimes are restricted to 120-130. After TNPL 2018, average first innings score here is 148 and 3 out of 4 games the teams batting second have won. The conditions become easy for batting on as the game progresses. So, chasing looks a very good choice on this ground. The team winning the toss should bowl first.
Karaikudi Kaalai’s performances have been satisfactory in all three seasons, winning 12 of their 21 matches. On the other hand, Ruby Warriors have won just 7 of their 21 outings. Karaikudi Kaalai had twice entered the playoffs while Warriors have never crossed the league stage. KK has defeated RTW in all previous encounters, also they look superior compared to the Warriors on paper. Hence, we predict that Idream Karaikudi Kaalai will defeat Ruby Trichy Warriors and open their account straightaway in TNPL 2019.
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