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TNPL 2019, Match2- KK Vs RTW, Preview: Karthik’s Kaalai Ready To Take Down Vijay’s Warriors

After the exciting opening to the fourth edition of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2019, it is now time to shift the focus towards the first double-header day. In the second match of the tournament, the Karaikudi Kaalai will be locking horns with the Ruby Trichy Warriors at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul on July 20, Saturday. In the 2018 edition, Karaikudi Kaalai won 4 of their 7 matches while Ruby Trichy Warriors won a game fewer. The match went to the last over the last time these teams locked horns. Yo Mahesh, R Rajkumar, and Mohan Prasath took 7 wickets between and bundled out Ruby Trichy Warriors for a meagre 114 runs.

In response, V Aditya and Srikkanth Anirudh stitched a 47-run stand for the first wicket, laying a solid foundation. However, what followed was nothing short of a thriller. From 47 for 0, Karaikudi Kaalai slumped to 115 for 9. They were lucky that Yo Mahesh put a prize on his wicket and took them home with 1 wicket in hand. Suresh Kumar was the wrecker-in-chief.

In this match, the best call for Karaikudi Kaalai is chasing as they have confident batting side. Their perfect scenario would be winning the toss and field first. This way they can squeeze runs and allow their batsmen to chase down an easy total. Karaikudi Kaalai is a strong and well balanced than Ruby Trichy Warriors. They also have an excellent record while playing against Ruby Trichy Warriors side.

Head to Head Battle


Karaikudi Kaalai

Ruby Trichy Warriors




Karaikudi Kaalai (KK) likely Playing XI

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.

Probable XI: V Aditya, Srikkanth Anirudha (c), Rajhamany Srinivasan, Maan Bafna, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yo Mahesh, R Rajkumar, M Shajahan, S Kishan Kumar, Velidi Lakshman, S Mohan Prasath.

Ruby Trichy Warriors (RTW) likely Playing XI

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.

Probable XI: Murali Vijay, Bharath Shankar, Suresh Kumar, K Mani Bharathi (wk), Baba Indrajith (c), Chandrasekar Ganapathy, R Sonu Yadav, MS Sanjay, DT Chandrasekar, Lakshminarayanan Vignesh, Kannan Vignesh.

Match Timings- 3:15 pm IST and local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 3, Star Sports 3 HD.



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