About the Match
With 10 points after 6 matches, Dindigul Dragons are at the top of the table in the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League and will take on Kovai Kings, who are positioned 4th with 6 points so far, on 13th September at Tirunelveli. The Kings lost their recent two matches against Veerans and Kaalai and will be eager to make a comeback and make it to the next stage; on the other hand, Dragons defeated Kaalai by 7 wickets in the last outing and will try to continue with their winning momentum. The team that can overcome pressure is better placed to emerge victorious on Tuesday.
LYCA Kovai Kings
Chasing 170 against Veerans, Anirudh Sita Ram posted a well-made 63 while Harish Kumar scored an unbeaten 46 off 26 but their efforts went in vain as they fell short by 2 runs and lost the match. Harish Kumar displayed his all-rounder skills in the first innings by taking 2 wickets while Sivakumar and Syed Mohammad took a wicket each to contain Veerans to 170 runs. The batting line-up has good depth and they can try to put up a better performance in the upcoming match.
Against Kaalai too, the bowlers restricted the opponents to 159 runs but the batsmen crumbled under pressure and they could muster only 123 runs in reply. Earlier, M Mohammed took 3-26 while Vignesh claimed 2 wickets; they have a good mix of spinners and fast-bowlers and can try to strategize well against the Dragons.
Overall, they have a strong unit of in-form batsmen and bowlers who can try to bounce back with a better performance on Tuesday.
The bowlers did extremely well against Kaalai by taking regular wickets and restricting the opposition to 125 runs; while left-arm medium pacer Natarajan registered a figure of 4-21, spinner Murugan Ashwin claimed 3 wickets to demolish the Kaalai batting line-up. Others like Sunny Singh and Arun Mozhi supported well and they bring variety to the attack. Batsmen Ganga Sridhar Raju and Victor posted well-made half-centuries to steer the team safely to a big win.
However, in the previous game against Gillies, the batsmen failed to chase down a 173-run target despite strong performances by Jagadeesan, who scored 60 off 53, and Ravichandran Ashwin, who displayed his all-rounder skills to post a well-made 49 from just 23 deliveries. The bowlers made a good effort earlier with spinner MS Sanjay being the leading wicket-taker with 4 scalps while Natarajan and R Ashwin took a wicket each but they had to face a competitive total in the end.
The Dragons are high on morale being at the top of the table but they will try to put up a disciplined attack with the ball yet again; whether batting first or during the chase, they have strong resources that can help the team win again.
While Dragons are safely placed at the top, they will definitely try to keep the upper hand on the opposition; Kovai Kings are facing a crucial match in order to make it to the semi-finals and will leave no stone unturned to make a comeback. The contest could swing either way but we feel that Dragons with their bowling power are better placed to win on Tuesday