Battle of the bottom shell

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30 Jul 2019 | 08:50 PM
authorAvijit Dutta

Battle of the bottom shell

Ruby Trichy Warriors in quest for their first win

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Warriors are yet to open their account while the Panthers have won one out of their three games so far. Hence when these two teams lock horns on Wednesday at NPR College Ground, Dindigul, the game becomes very important in the context of the tournament. 

The batting has led the Trichy Warriors down. In this season so far, their batsmen have an abysmal average of 17.2, the worst by any team in this tournament. 

For the Panthers, their main worry will be the bowling department. Star bowler, Abhishek Tanwar who picked up 15 wickets in 10 matches last year is having a contrasting tournament this year failing to pick a single wicket in three matches so far.  

A lot will depend on the performance of their captain KB Arun Kartik. The second-highest run-getter of the TNPL (955 runs) have a fantastic record at NPR college Ground as he has a batting average of 51.4, the best among all batsmen in the history of TNPL.   

Pitch Report and Weather   

In TNPL 2019, this will the seventh match at NPR College Ground, Dindigul. The wicket so far has been a spinner’s paradise. At this venue, there is nothing much to choose between the spinners and the pacers. But, in the last two matches, the wicket has supported the seamers as they have picked up 19 wickets as compared to 4 by spinners.  

The weather is expected to be overcast throughout the day but there is no prediction of rain.  

Team Combination 

At NPR College Ground, Dindigul, the Leg spinners have been successful picking up a wicket in every 13 balls, the best among all bowler types. The next best are left-arm orthodox bowlers who picked a scalp in every 20 balls. You would like to choose more spinner in your fantasy team.

Captain’s selection 

KB Arun Karthik enjoys playing against the Warriors in TNPL. He has a batting average of 79.5 against them, the best against any opponents in TNPL. In three innings against Warriors, he has scored 159 runs with an unbeaten 80 being his highest. He would be looking forward to continuing his good run. Whenever his team gets over the line, Karthik averages 154.7 compared to 30 when he is on the losing side. 

Game Changers   

There are a few players who can play a crucial role in the match. They are going to be the game-changers. 

L Kiran Akash 

In this season the right-arm pacer has picked at least one wicket in every game. He has taken six wickets, with a wicket in every 11 deliveries. Moreover, he has been miserly with the ball, conceding 6.06 runs per over. With the wicket favouring pacers in last couple of matches, he can play a significant role in the match.

Aditya Barooah 

The Warriors batting has fallen like nine pins. They have the worst average in this season so far but amidst all these ruins, Aditya Barooah has been a bright spot in their batting lineup.   

Apart from Murali Vijay, he is the only batsmen to have crossed the 50 run barrier in this season. The warriors need a lot from him if his team has to register their first win in TNPL 2019. 

The above mentioned player will play a crucial role in today’s game. Meanwhile do visit our website cricket.com and go to the Criclytics section for more insights such as match projections, player matchups etc. In addition log on to our Fantasy partner, Fanfight and find more fantasy related stuffs. 

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