Cheapauk super gillies suffered a setback in their first encounter but bounced back strongly in their next encounter. They won by 41 runs in a game against ruby Trichy which will boost their confidence. One of the trademarks of Chepauk super gillies squad is their bowling attack which is stronger than any other side in the tournament but their batting will provide able support to their bowlers which are not happening in the last couple of games. This season also their premium bowler Alexander is among the leading wicket-taker column as he has accounted 8 wickets in first two matches. He will look to repeat the same performance against Karaikudi Kaalai today at India cements cricket ground Tirunelveli.
On the other hand, Karaikudi Kaalai despite being a balanced side still not able to find their combinations right. This led to losing the match against Covai Lyca kings. Their captain Aniruddha has been doing exceptionally well for him and apart from him, Srinivasan and Raj Kumar are also making a steady contribution with the bat. On their bowling front, Sunil sam has been the pick of the bowlers with four wickets. They need to strengthen their middle order which might help them to become a more balanced unit. Also, the unavailability of their premium batsmen Dinesh Karthik is hurting them very badly. So they need to find answers for these questions as early as possible before claiming a semi-final spot.
The match will be played at the India cement cricket ground in Tirunelveli. So far the team has witnessed two matches and teams batting first has got a clear advantage. Considering the slowness of the surface batting second under lights has become much tougher so toss is going to play a crucial role in the tournament.
Expected playing XI:
Cheapauk super gillies:
Kaushik Gandhi (C), Ganga Sridhar Raju, Gopinath, A Aarif (WK), Uthirasamy Sasidev, Murugan Ashwin, M Siddharth, S Harish Kumar, D Rahul, G Periyaswamy, R Alexander.
V Aditya, Srikkanth Anirudha (c & wk), L Suryaprakash, Rajhamany Srinivasan, Maan Bafna, Yo Mahesh, R Rajkumar, Velidi Lakshman, Sunil Sam, M Shajahan, S Mohan Prasath.
Players to watch out for:
Cheapauk super gillies:
Captain Kaushik Gandhi is one of the talented batsmen in TNPL arena and he has got all the abilities to play an anchor role. He can able to play glorious cover drives as well as lofted shots. If he can play longer innings then it will be difficult for all the bowlers to control him. He will look to exploit some week links in Karaikudi’s bowling unit.
Murugan Ashwin has grown his stature over the years. He is a much-improved bowler now and he can also hit some big shots that will help his team during the later stages of the game. He will look to bring his domestic and IPL experience to put up a strong show against Karikudi Kaalai.
Another explosive batsman who can change the course of the game with his blistering knocks Aniruddha Srikanth played a pivotal role in their match against Karikudi Kaalai. He is good touch and will look to repeat the same performance against Chepauk super gillies to pull off a victory.
Another Tamil Nadu all-rounder Sunil sam is already among the wickets column and he will look to repeat the same performance in today’s match also that will help his team to emerge victorious.
Chepauk super gillies is a side with the right mix of youth and experience and are more balanced side than Karaikudi Kaalai. So they pull off a victory if they can play up to their potential.