About the Match
Karnataka finished 2nd in Group B and will take on third place finishers in Group A, Tamil Nadu on 23rd December for the 2nd Quarter Final match at Visakhapatnam. While some senior players have been ruled out of the Tamil Nadu squad due to injury issues, the Karnataka squad will see some new inclusions with players from the national team now being available for the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals. Karnataka won the match against Maharashtra and are in good form to challenge Tamil Nadu, which has only managed to draw matches in recent outings; both teams will try to come out all guns blazing in order to make it to the semi-finals.
Vinay Kumar leads the team confidently and brings his sharp pace skills to the table; he took 5 wickets against Maharashtra to get them all-out for 163 runs in the first innings and also scored a well-made 56 from 79 to help the team take a handsome lead. S Aravind contributes well with fast-bowling while Stuart Binny and Mithun add variety to the pace attack. Spinners like K Gowtham, Abrar Kazi, Shreyas Gopal and Deshpande can try to outwit the opposition in the upcoming game.
The batting line-up consists of heavyweights like Karun Nair, who made history recently against England with his triple century and is available for the match against Tamil Nadu, Manish Pandey, opener KL Rahul who is also in superb form, Stuart Binny, Kaunain Abbas and Deshpande. Middle order batsmen like Gautam, David Mathias and Mayank Agarwal add depth to the line-up, and along with Vinay Kumar’s all-rounder talent can try to stabilize the innings.
Overall, they have a power packed batting contingent, which can rely on the players from the national squad to boost their scoreboard; the well-balanced spin and pace combination can make this team a formidable force to reckon with.
R Ashwin and Murali Vijay’s absence die to injuries will cause a setback to the team in the game against Karnataka, especially since they were roped in recently with hopes to counter the force of opponents like Karun Nair and KL Rahul. However, they do have talented resources like Natarajan, Vignesh and Aswin Christ who have been consistently taking wickets with their medium pace skills.
Kaushik Gandhi’s brilliant 202 and V Shankar’s well-made century helped the team draw against Gujarat; they have been performing well and can try to build a good foundation here. Others like Mukund, Indrajith, Aparajith and Dinesh Karthik could post steady partnerships in order to keep the runs flowing.
Spinners like Baba Aparajith and Aushik Srinivas can provide quick breakthroughs and are in good form to pull off surprises against Karnataka’s hard-hitters. They can strategize well and combine skills to stifle the opponents in the upcoming crucial match.
Karnataka has a well-balanced team with strong batsmen and a disciplined bowling unit while Tamil Nadu also has its share of match-winners with bat and ball. The two sides could fight hard till the last ball but we feel that Karnataka with the fierce batting talent are clear favourites to win this contest.