DID vs LKK Match Preview
The Dindigul Dragons team is on a roll at the moment and it will be a major surprise if the team management chose to make any changes to their playing 11. One of the key members of the Dindigul squad is Baba Indrajith. This 28-year-old opening batsman plays freely and has scored a double hundred in first-class cricket. The Dindigul skipper Ravichandran Ashwin would not have any complaints about the way his side has performed in this year's TNPL so far. But he will dissuade his team members from becoming complacent.
The skipper would be keen to make useful contributions to the team cause. He went wicketless against Chepauk Super Gillies and scored just a single run in the game. Another crucial player for the Dindigul Dragons is Varun Chakravarthy. This spinner has been able to continue his good form in the IPL into the TNPL. He managed to dismiss 3 of the top batters from Chepauk Super Gillies's batting order in their last match. The Dindigul team has recorded wins with margins of 6 wickets, 7 wickets, and then by a slender margin of 1 run. They will be eying their 4th victory in a row in this game.
The Lyca Kovai Kings outfit made a change near the top of the order for the last match. They decided to replace B Sachin with S Sujay in the opening batsmen's position. Sujay responded with a top inning and will retain his place in the side for this contest as well. It was a superb first game for Sujay. The rookie opening batter picked up the award for the Player of the Match in the last game while hitting 7 fours and 2 sixes during his side's victory over Trichy. Another crucial player for LKK is Manimaran Siddharth.
This 24-year-old bowler went through the upper middle order of the Ba11sy Trichy team in their last match. He picked up 2 wickets in 2 balls once during his spell. The skipper M Shahrukh Khan remains a crucial player for his side lower down the order. He has purposefully decided to bat lower down in the competition. However, he has picked up some critical wickets with the ball. There is every chance that he might get some turn from the track on this occasion. The Lyca Kovai Kings were beaten by 4 wickets in the only game they lost on the last ball of the contest. But they have once again put together a winning streak after that.
You can expect overcast conditions for this match to be played tomorrow in Salem.
The SCF Cricket Ground in Salem is a good venue for the batters. The ground has short boundaries and the outfield is lightning-fast. All these settings at the ground make for batting-friendly settings. The track will offer pretty much nothing to the bowlers. The fast bowlers are more likely to struggle but there might be some help to the spinners when the pitch gets roughened up later during the match. Although the track is likely to be flat, the spinners may get some purchase from it in the later overs. Any team batting first here will look to get scores in the region of 180 runs on the board.
Dindigul Dragons has a terrific recent head-to-head record against Kovai Kings in their last 5 contests.
If you consider the last 5 games played between the two sides, you will find that Dindigul Dragons leads the head-to-head 4-1.
Sai Sudarshan has an incredible average and strike rate combination.
Sai Sudarshan has an average of 70.71 and a strike rate of 162.29 in his last 10 appearances for LKK.
The Dindigul Dragons are unlikely to make any changes to their side after 3 wins in a row. We might see some alterations to the Lyca Kovai Kings' side although even that possibility is remote.
DID vs LKK Probable 11
DID Playing 11
- Ravichandran Ashwin (C)
- Shivam Singh
- Baba Indrajith (Wk)
- Suboth Bhati
- S Arun
- Adithya Ganesh
- Boopathi Kumar
- Varun Chakaravarthy
- C Sarath Kumar
- P Saravana Kumar
LKK Playing 11
- Shahrukh Khan (C)
- J Suresh Kumar (Wk)
- Sai Sudharsan
- Ram Arvindh
- S Sujay
- U Mukilesh
- M Mohammed
- Manimaran Siddharth
- Valliappan Yudheeswaran
- Jhatavedh Subramanyan
- K Gowtham
These two teams are currently positioned at the top of the points table in number one and number two places. There is little that separates the two teams and it will be a battle of nerves for the two sides. The Lyca Kovai Kings have done a good job against Dindigul Dragons in general but this year they are up against a tough opposition. The Lyca bowlers will have to deliver big time to win this match. Dragons on the other hand have a powerful bowling unit that will be difficult to get away. We will bet with Dindigul Dragons to win this contest.
Varun Chakravarthy: Varun Chakravarthy has picked up 10 wickets for Dindigul from his last 4 matches with a strike rate of 9.60 and an economy rate of 5.06.
Baba Indrajith: Baba Indrajith has scored 101 runs from his last 4 appearances for Dindigul with an average of 50.50 and a strike rate of 134.66.
Suresh Kumar: This batsman has scored 336 runs from his last 10 matches for Lyca Kovai Kings with a top strike rate of 147.36 and an average of 42.
Sai Sudarshan: This is the batsman in form. He has piled up 495 runs in his last 10 appearances with an average of 70.71 and an average of 162.29.
DID vs LKK Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: B Indrajith , J Suresh Kumar
Batters: S Khan, S Sudarshan (C), S Singh S
All-rounders: R Ashwin, P Saravana Kumar
Bowlers: M Mohammed, S Bhati, M Siddharth, V Chakravarthy (VC)