Date & Time: Friday, August 09, 19:15 IST
Venue: Indian Cement Company Ground, Tirunelveli, India
Down to the last match to decide the top 4
The equation is straightforward for VBK as well. Win and go through. If they lose, LYC will sneak into the eliminator. RUB bid farewell to their bad luck in the last game and will look to spoil VBK’s party tonight. It has been a disappointing journey so far but who doesn’t want to finish on a high. Contestants Outlook There was an over reliance on Aparajith and Sathish in the initial stages as the openers kept misfiring. But when the openers get going, VBK look like a very strong outfit. They have at least 6 options when it comes to bowling and also bat deep with Sanjay Yadav and Sathish finishing innings off. Murali Vijay has almost single handedly put up good scores up for the Warriors. They will look up to him again and some support from their batters to have a good game.
The XI they fielded on Monday looked balanced and they are unlikely to change it for this knockout match. The only possible change could be to replace Arun with Deeban. Just like the other teams have been knocked out, RUB will look to give some players opportunities as well. Expect a lot of changes.
It is expected to be a slow wicket with some assistance for the spinners. If the batsman is patient enough, he can score runs too. The green tinge indicates nothing at all.
Unless he wants to take the game off, he is a must have. He has amassed 359 runs in just 4 innings and taken attacks apart. He will look to do the same again.
The best all-rounder in the tournament is a must have even if you simply go by stats. It is a crunch game for the Veerans and you expect him to come good.
The VBK skipper has either scored big or gotten out early. For a player of his stature, this will be the game to perform and take his team to the next phase of the tournament.
Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore
He is suddenly more confident of his bowling in the last few games. The highest wicket taker of the tournament in 2017, he will look to spoil VBK’s party.
After a really good start to the tournament, with a 5 wicket haul in the initial games, he has lost his form completely and has been dropped from the team as well. It is unlikely that he will feature in the team tomorrow and even if he does, he may not get too many wickets.