About the Match
The Veerans made a comeback in their second game after defeating Dindigul Dragons by 5 wickets; they are now placed 4th with 2 points on the board and will face Ruby Trichy Warriors, who are yet to open their points tally, on 30th July at Tirunelveli. The Warriors suffered a humiliating defeat in their opening match against Patriots by 10 wickets after failing to defend 120 runs. Both teams will fight hard to improve their standings, and it could be anybody’s game on Sunday.
The batting line-up has good players like S Siddharth, who posted a well-made 37 off 27 in the last game against Dindigul, captain Baba Aparajith, who steered the team to a superb win by scoring an unbeaten 28, M Rangarajan and NS Chaturved, who are useful in setting up a good foundation. Against Super Gillies in the opening match, they could muster only 126 runs after players like Hari Nishanth, Siddharth and Sanjay Yadav fell duck-out.
Though the bowlers put up an economical show with spinners Rahil Shah and Rangarajan taking one scalp each and medium-pacers Silambarasan and Abhishek Tanwar dismissed 1 wicket each, they couldn’t stop the opposition from scoring the winning runs. However, in the recent match against Dindigul, Rahil Shah impressed with a 4-wicket haul, giving away only 12 runs, to restrict the opponents to a lowly 83 runs. Silambarasan, Abhishek Tanwar, and Yadav contributed well with regular wickets and the batting line-up gunned down the target in just 15 overs thanks to a good effort by Siddharth and Aparajith.
They have done well to win the last game and the morale of the team will surely have gone up; with spinners like Shah in good form and a strong batting unit, they look good to conquer yet again.
Ruby Trichy Warriors
The Warriors lost their opening game against Patriots by 10 wickets after getting all-out for a meager 120 batting first; Bharath Shankar and captain Baba Indrajith scored 40 and 30 runs respectively but the middle-order collapsed like a pack of cards. Left-arm spinner Kannan Vignesh was the most economical of the bowlers giving away only 14 runs in 4 overs but none of them could clinch a wicket to stop the opponents from winning.
The bowling squad has medium-pacers Jagannathan Kaushik, Jagatheesan Kousik and spinners like Murthy Prabhu and Kannan; fast bowler Adithya Giridhar also performed well and adds variety to the attack. Overall, they have a good mix of spinners and pacers, who could try to stun the Veerans.
It’s still early stages of the tournament but the Warriors will be determined to bounce back early on; if they can keep the wickets in hand and brave out the spin attack of Rahil Shah and company, the Warriors could well look at winning their first game.
Thiruvallur Veerans have the psychological advantage here after winning the last game but they will be cautious of the Warriors, who have plenty of talented players with bat and ball. The match could swing either way but we feel that Veerans, who have tasted success already, are better placed to win again on Sunday.