VB Kanchi Veerans vs Dindigul Dragons, 23rd Match Prediction2019-08-06
NPR College Ground, Dindigul
VB Kanchi Veerans
VB Kanchi Veerans
Man of the Match: C Hari Nishanth
?In their 3 encounters in TNPL tournaments, Dindigul Dragons have won twice while VB Kanchi Veeranshas got 1 victory.
?Dindigul Dragons haven't lost a game in their five outings of TNPL 2019, and they are at the top of the points table with 10 points.
?With 3 wins and two loses, VB Kanchi Veerans are at the fourth position in the points table
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: Dindigul looks unstoppable this season, Dragons will defeat VB Kanchi Veerans.
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In TNPL 2019, Dindigul Dragons are the only team not to lose a match. With 10 points and a net run rate of 1.194, the Dragons are 2 points ahead of next-best Chepauk and Madurai, but they played one less match. The Veerans must be happy with their performance so far, with 3 wins in five outings this season. In previous seasons of TNPL, they had won just 8 games in 21 matches. While Dindigul Dragons would surely go a victory to remain at the top of the table, for Veerans a win here is critical to make it to their maiden playoffs appearance this time.
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The Veerans lost their opening match to Lyca Kovai Kings by 8 wickets despite a half-century from Suresh Lokeshwar. However, they did not have to wait too long to open their account as they tasted their massive success against Idream Karaikudi Kaalai. Sanjay Yadav (60 balls 95) led the team to a total of 177 runs. Rajagopal Sathish's all-round performance got him the player of the match award, as he scored unbeaten 14 balls 31 and took 4 wickets for just 17 runs. Next, they defeated the defending champions Madurai Panthers by 7 wickets. Player of the match Silambarasan's 5 for 17 ensured the batsmen had a comfortable target of 138 to chase against Madurai bowlers. Lokeshwar smashed half-century while Baba Aparajith scored 44 runs during the run-chase. Their third consecutive win came against TNPL 2016 winners TUTI Patriots by 58 runs, thanks to Aparajith's 48 balls 76, Siddharth's 38 balls 50 and K Gowtham's 3 wickets.
Against Chepauk Super Gillies in the fifth match, Kanchi Veerans collapsed in 130 runs while chasing the massive total of 191 runs. Except for R Sathish (26 balls 44), no other batsmen could cross 20 runs. Baba Aparajith is the top scorer with 179 runs at an average of 44.75, followed by Sanjay Yadav (152 runs in 5 matches). Gowtham and Rajagopal Sathish lead the bowling unit with 8 and 7 wickets respectively in this tournament.
KG Thamarai Kannan, K Vishal Vaidhya, R Sanjay Yadav, B Aparajith, R Divakar, Rangaraj Suthesh, Rajagopal Sathish, S Arun, S Lokeshwar, P Francis Rokins, NS Harish
|R Sanjay Yadav||12||10||2||0||120|
|K Thamarai Kannan||4.0||0||46||2||11.5|
|K Thamarai Kannan||4.0||0||46||2||11.5|
Baba Aparajith (c), Suresh Lokeshwar (wk), K Vishal Vaidhya, S Siddharth, R Sanjay Yadav, Rajagopal Sathish, P Francis Rokins, R Silimbarasan, NS Harish, Rangaraj Suthesh, Kannan Gowtham Thamarai
Dindigul Dragons are on a dream run as they won all their matches so far, defeating teams like Chepauk, Madurai, Patriots, and Karaikudi and Trichy Warriors. Their highest score in this tournament is 182 and the lowest is 115. Except for their first game against CSG, as they posted 150 plus totals in all the games.
In their first match, the team's batsmen failed against Chepauk Super Gillies bowlers, but Ravichandran Ashwin's 37 off 19 drove the team to a total of 115. Later M Silambarasan (4 for 13 in 3 overs) and Jagannathan Kaushik (2 for 14 in 3 overs) enabled the team's victory by 10 runs.
In the second game against Madurai, Narayan Jagadeesan's unbeaten 87 off 51 balls led the team's total to 182. Silambarasan (4 for 20) removed the top order of Panthers while R Ashwin (3 for 16) took care of the lower order to win the match by 30 runs. Against TUTI Patriots, Dindigul scored 173 while batting first as Jagadeesan and Ashwin smashed half-centuries. Ramalingam Rohit was awarded the player of the match for his 3 for 16 runs.
Against Karaikudi Kaalai, they secured 10-wickets victory while chasing KK's total of 158. Jagadeesan scored 78 off 47 while the player of the match Hari Nishanth made 56 balls 81. M Mohammed and Ramalingam Rohit took 2 wickets each. DD asked Ruby Trichy Warriors to bat first in the fifth match, and they got the target of 174. Jagannathan Kaushik (2 wickets) and M Mohammed (1 wicket) went for 82 runs in their 8 overs. However, Narayan Jagadeesan once again led the team's successful run-chase with his maiden TNPL century. Key players for Dragons are Jagadeesan (340 runs in 5 matches, 3 half-centuries and 1 century), Hari Nishanth (177 runs, 2 half-centuries in 5 innings) and all-rounder R Ashwin (105 runs and 6 wickets in 4 innings) while Silambarasan leads the bowling department with 9 wickets in 5 matches followed by Jagannathan Kaushik with 8 wickets.
Ravichandran Ashwin, M Silambarasan, Narayan Jagadeesan, Ramalingam Rohit, M Mohammed, Jagannathan Kaushik, Sumant Jain, C Hari Nishanth, NS Chaturved, R Vivek, M Abhinav
|C Hari Nishanth||21||12||1||2||175|
Ravichandran Ashwin (c), N Jagadeesan (wk), M Mohammad, Ramalingam Rohit, Adithya Arun, NS Chaturved, Hari Nishanth, M Silambarasan, Trilok Nag, Varun Totadri, R Vivek
The venue for this match is NPR College Ground, Dindigul. Out of 39 T20 domestic games played on this ground, 15 matches are won by the teams batting first while 24 times the teams batting second have won. Highest and lowest scores on this ground are 203/6 (Dindigul Dragons) and 59/10 (VB Kanchi Veerans) respectively. The average first inning score is between 150-160 and average second innings score here is between 140-150.
In the last five games played here, the team batting first has scored 175 or more runs. This season, the ground has produced two tied matches in 12 games, for which, we had to rely on super-overs. In 9 out of 12 matches played here this season, the teams batting first have won. The team winning the toss should opt to bat first.
The top-ranked team Dindigul Dragons are unbeaten in this tournament, while VB Kanchi Veerans have won 3 of their five matches. Veerans are doing better this season, with winning percentage of 60% against overall TNPL winning percentage of 38%. On the other hand, Dindigul Dragons have overall winning ratio of 57.14%. Dragons are in a top form and clinical in their wins this season. Their batsmen and bowlers have equally contributed for the team under the guidance the star all-rounder and the skipper R Ashwin. We predict Dindigul Dragons will defeat VB Kanchi Veerans in this match and continue to remain at the top.
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