About the Match
Karaikudi Kaalai acquired the Thiruvallur Veerans' third spot yesterday with a good victory over Ruby Warriors. The Veerans were earlier placed at the third spot with six points in three games have slipped to the fourth spot. They are not all set to take on Lyca Kovai Kings where they'd like to register yet another win and move to the third spot. A win here for them will not only take them to a step higher on the ladder, it would also seal the final four in the points table. Dindigul Dragons will be hoping for a Veerans' loss which will keep them alive in the tournament.
Veerans have done reasonably well in the tournament so far, thanks to some splendid knocks from their skipper Baba Aprajith. Another win will ensure a playoff spot for them while a loss could certainly put them in a spot of bother.
Their last match almost summed up the way they've progressed in the competition. They've won quite a few close games and their game against Super Giants was similar as well. After the match was reduced to 14 overs a side, their bowlers were thrashed for 145 runs and things looked extremely poor at one stage. Skipper Aparjith beautifully to take the team closer, but their innings collapsed again during the back-end. They were eventually guided home, thanks to a brilliant 11-run knock from R Kavin which took only three deliveries.
The Veerans have been part of quite a few close games and a win in their last one should boost their morale. They have a strong team with the skipper in superb form and it would be surprising if they fail to qualify for the semis.
Lyca Kovai Kings
While Lyca Kovai Kings' last match was washed out due to rain and they had to share one point with Madurai Super Giants, it wouldn't have made much difference. They have little chances as far as qualification for playoffs go and would want all the things to fall into the place.
Their match prior to the last one wasn't fruitful either where they had to face a defeat from TUTI Patriots. Although they scored a respectable 160 runs, their bowling could not contain the Patriots on a surface that was excellent for stroke-making. Their batting hasn't contributed much and will be looking to turn things around starting this game. Bowling too has struggled and would need to pull up the socks and get things right.
Overall, the Kings have struggled in the tournament so far, but they have some match-winning players who could make the difference on the big day.
It is apparent from the points table the difference in the form of the two sides is massive. With Veerans looking to rise up the ladder, the Kings have continuously stayed in the bottom half of the table. With form and rhythm going for them, the Veerans go in as favorites to win this all-important match