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|Ganga Sridhar Raju||15||15||2||0||100.00|
|YS Kumar Singh||11||9||1||0||122.22|
|R Sonu Yadav||4.0||0||27||1||6.75|
|M Lakshmi Narayanan||2.0||0||24||0||12.00|
|YS Kumar Singh||3.0||0||27||0||9.00|
The Tamil Nadu Premier League 2018 got off to an exciting start as the first match went right down to the wire. It is time now for the defending champions to start their campaign in what has become their de-facto home ground. The Chepauk Super Gillies has been one of the most fearsome teams in the competition and will be taking on the Ruby Trichy Warriors, a side that has already registered one win this season.
With both sides revamped after the player auction, it will be interesting to see if the Gillies can maintain their hold over the other teams?
It is an astonishing fact that the Chepauk Super Gillies has only lost five matches over two editions of the tournament, most of them to the Tuti Patriots. They have never lost a game to Ruby Trichy Warriors in the past.
The Gillies went all out in the draft to try and secure the services of Vijay Shankar, a talented all-rounder who was recently a part of the Indian squad. Unfortunately for them, Vijay Shankar is going to be missing in action because of India-A duties.
There are still a couple of very good batsmen in the side, though. KH Gopinath and GS Raju will lead the batting attack for the Gillies while the bowling will be led by M Ashwin. The absence of outstation players due to the directive of the Council of Administrators, the plans of most teams have had to be changed at the last minute.
The biggest challenge for the Super Gillies will be to forge an understanding amongst the players of its revamped squad.
H Gopinath, Ganga Sridhar Raju, S Karthik , Uthirasamy Sasidev, Murugan Ashwin, Baskaran Rahul, YS Kumar Singh, R Vishaal, M Siddharth, R Alexander, B Arun.
The Ruby Trichy Warriors pulled off an excellent win against the Dindigul Dragons in the first match thanks to some superb late order hitting by Sonu Yadav and SS Kumar. The pair took the team from a precarious 87 for the loss of 5 wickets to 147 from where M Sanjay added the blows needed in the last over.
The morale of the team is bound to be high after such a victory and they will be up for the challenge of playing against the defending champions.
The Warriors can also take heart from the fact that their main two batsmen, Bharath Shankar and Baba Inderjith did not score too many runs. With a strong pair of openers and a middle order capable of firing, the Ruby Trichy Warriors will be confident about their batting.
The bowling for the Trichy Warriors was pretty average in the last match. Ganapathy went for plenty of runs but the other bowlers were able to minimize the damage. K Vignesh was the one player that really kept a tight leash on things and ended with an economy rate of 5.00.
The Warriors will be confident going into this game but will know that they cannot bank on miracles from the lower order to bail them out every time.
Bharath Shankar, Baba Indrajith, S Aravind, Suresh Kumar, Chandrasekar Ganapathy, R Sonu Yadav, MS Sanjay, K Mani Bharathi, M Lakshmi Narayanan, Dakshinamoorthy Kumaran, Kannan Vignesh.
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The match will be played at the M.Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The weather, though, could be a spoilsport as there have been some seasonal rains in Chennai. The weather is expected to be at its worst around the start of the match so we could see a truncated contest being played out, that is if we get any cricket at all.
If the weather does not play spoilsport then we are backing the Ruby Trchy Warriors to register their first ever win against the Chepauk Super Gillies.
Back Ruby Trichy Warriors to win.
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