Cricket match date: 21st July 2019
Cricket match time: 07:15 pm IST
Cricket match location: NPR College Ground, Dindigul
Cricket Match format: T20
Team A: Kovai Kings
Team B: Kanchi Veerans
Team A Captain: Abhinav Mukund
Team B Captain: Baba Aparajith
Cricket Match Preview:
Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) is up and running once again. Six teams would have played one game each by Sunday and the semi-finalist of last year, Kovai Kings, will begin their campaign against Kanchi Veerans. Kanchi Veerans had a poor performance last year, where they finished on the second last spot with just one win out of seven cricket games.
Both teams, Kovai Kings and Kanchi Veerans, have gone with the same skippers this year as well. While Kings have once again relied on the experience of Abhinav Mukund, Veerans have trusted Baba Aparajith to bring more success this year. The core of both sides have largely stayed the same and now it is up to the leaders to inspire their troops.
While Abhinav Mukund has played test matches for India, Baba Aparajith has long been a part of one of the most successful franchises in the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings. While he did not get the opportunity to play for a very long time, Baba would have seen MS Dhoni go about his business from a close quarter.
While it might have already gotten a bit late for Mukund to stage a comeback into the Indian test side, Aparajith still has an opportunity to get into the Indian cricket team. With relatively unknown names in each side, both leaders will have to share their experiences with their players and also lead by example at the same time.
With the cricket World Cup not going as per India’s plans, selectors will now begin planning for the 2020 T20 cricket World Cup and 2023 50 over World Cup. TNPL is the first tournament that will be played after the cricket World Cup hence, there will be no shortage of eyeballs on this tournament. Now it is up to the players to shine and get noticed.
Cricket Match Information:
Kovai Kings will begin their campaign against Kanchi Veerans on Sunday at Dindigul. After this cricket game, all eight teams would have played one game each. Each team is supposed to play seven games of cricket in the league stage, whereas the top four teams will qualify for the playoffs. The final will be played on 15th August at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Kings are expected to be led by Abhinav Mukund this year as well. Our prediction is of the similar playing eleven that played the last cricket game in 2018.
Here is our prediction of Kovai Kings’ playing XI:
- Abhinav Mukund
- Shahrukh Khan
- Ravi Kumar Rohith
- Ashwin Venkataraman
- Krishnamoorthy Vignesh
- Thangarasu Natarajan
- S Manigandan
- Antony Dhas
- A Venkatesh
- S Ajith Ram
- R Mithun
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Kanchi Veerans are going to be led by Baba Aparajith once again. They finished on the second last spot last year and would like to do better this year. Our prediction is of the similar playing eleven that played the last cricket game in 2018.
Here is our prediction of Kanchi Veerans’ playing XI:
- Baba Aparajith
- S Siddharth
- U Vishal
- RS Mohit Hariharan
- P Francis Rokins
- R Divakar
- C Shriram
- R Silambarasan
- R Karthikeyan
- Aushik Srinivas R
- R Suthesh
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Baba Aparajith, the leader of Kanchi Veerans, will have another opportunity to not only showcase his leadership skills but to also impress everyone with his skillsets. He has been the fringe player for franchises like CSK and Rising Pune Supergiants in the IPL and this is his time now to show his class. Our prediction is of a good cricket game and tournament for him.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last T20 cricket game played here was between Lyca Kovai Kings and Siechem Madurai Panthers last year. It was a game which Panthers won easily by seven wickets having to chase 125 runs. Our prediction is of the score of around 140 in this game of cricket. Conditions are expected to be dry.
Kanchi Veerans will begin this game of cricket as favourites. While they have not been among the winners of the past year, they have beaten Kovian Kings on two out of three occasions in the past three years. Hence, our prediction is of a Kanchi Veerans’ win.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Baba Aparajith (KV) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
R Divakar (KV) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Baba Aparajith (KV)
*odds may change anytime