Date & Time: Saturday, July 20, 15:15 IST
Venue: NPR College Ground, Dindigul, India
Both the teams seek for a fresh start
Karaikudi Kaalai and Ruby Trichy Warriors face off each other in the first match of the Saturday doubleheader at Dindigul. Karaikudi Kaalai finished in Top.4 in the previous season but failed to make it into the finals. On the other hand, due to the inferior net run rate, Ruby Trichy Warriors failed to make it into the Top.4. So this time around both teams are seeking to go a step over their previous performance.
Karaikudi Kaalai Possible XI: R Kavin (wk), S Anirudha (C), V Aditya, N Srinivasan, L Suryaprakash, M Shajahan M Bafna, R Rajkumar, Y Mahesh, S Sam, S Mohan Prasanth
Ruby Trichy Warriors Possible XI: K Mani Bharathi, M Vijay, S Aravind, B Shankar, R Sathyanarayan, S Suresh Kumar, M Sanjay/ L Vignesh, R Sonu Yadav, G Chabdrasekar, DT Chandrasekar, R Sai Kishore.
The surface in Dindigul is usually a batting-friendly one but in the opening match, it was not the case where a score of 115 was defended. The forecast is of clear sky for the day.
He may not have been at his best in the previous season but Anirudha was the top run-getter for the side in the 2017 season. This time around he will look to turn the tide around as he is coming into the season on the back of his good recent form.
He holds the key for Karaikudi Kaalai in the batting front alongside Anirudha as he the lone international player in the side. He may not have come into the tournament on a good form but we expect him to play a crucial role in this season. As per latest reports, Karthik is not available for a couple of games at the start.
He is a vital cog of the batting lineup for Ruby Trichy Warriors in the last couple of seasons. He was among the top run-getters for the side in the previous few seasons. He also was in decent form in this year’s IPL in the few matches he played for CSK. As he comes into the fag end of his career he will be eager to make most the time at the crease.