Ravichandran Ashwin will be leading the Dindugul Dragons. (Image courtesy: Twitter)
Ravichandran Ashwin will be leading the Dindugul Dragons. (Image courtesy: Twitter)

Karakudai Kaalai will go head-to-head against Dindugul Dragons in the first game of what will be a double-header day for fans of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) on September 11. The clash will take place at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul. Karaikudai Kaalai have been really impressive in the last three games. They have turned their fortunes around at just the right time in the tournament. Edging past Tuti Patriots gave them their first win. It was a low-scoring game, and they haven’t looked behind since then. Dindigul Dragons on the other hand, have been really impressive too. They have lost just one game out of five and need just one more win to qualify for the play-offs. READ: TNPL 2016: Players to watch out for

A 52-run and a 36-run win respectively in the two games, has kept Kaalai at No.5 on the TNPL Points Table. They have made some changes in their batting order as well. With Anirudha Srikanth now coming to bat in the middle-order, and scoring an important 45-run knock off just 29 balls, it looks like Kaalai will stick to that change.

Captain Subramaniam Badrinath too, has been really good with bowling changes and his batting as well. He has lead by example and contributed whenever his team has needed him. The bowling has peaked at just the right time for Kaalai. Their bowlers have not only kept things tight, they have taken wickets at regular intervals after piling on the pressure. Sonu Yadav and R Rajkumar took four-wicket hauls in the last two games. That will give them confidence to be able to defend any total their batsmen put up.

Dragons on the other hand, will be relying on N Jagadeesan and Ganga Sridhar Raju to get the majority of the runs. Their form has been a delight to watch. In the bowling department T Natarajan’s yorkers have been a real threat for the batsmen in the tournament. With spinners MS Sanjay, Murugan Ashwin and Ravichandran Ashwin, Dragons can can really keep the scoring in control. Ashwin’s captain will be interesting tow watch. They will want to put their 6-run loss against Chepauk Super Gillies, behind them.

An interesting battle therefore, is in front of us. Will the Dragons spit fire, or wil Kaalai continue their magic.

Squads:

Karaikudi Kaalai: Srikkanth Anirudha(wk), M Vijay Kumar, Rajhamany Srinivasan, S Badrinath(c), R Rajkumar, Chandrasekar Ganapathy, Suresh Babu, R Sonu Yadav, K Vishal Vaidhya, Shoaib Md Khan, S Mohan Prasath, A Jerome, S Lokeshwar, M Shajahan, Santha Moorthy, S Sujay, S Swaminathan, Sunil Sam, Kiran Akash, M Abhinav

Dindigul Dragons: N Jagadeesan(wk), Ganga Sridhar Raju, Ashwin Venkataraman, Murugan Ashwin, R Vivek, Subramania Siva, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Sunny Kumar Singh, VRS Guru Kedarnath, MS Sanjay, T Natarajan, Wilkins Victor, S Abishiek, Adithya Arun, S Dinesh, D Prashanth Prabhu, S Shyam Sundar, M Silambarasan, ME Yazh Arun Mozhi, K Mukunth

(Karan Dewana reporter with CricketCountry, loves following and playing sports. He is a Team India fan and loves winning. Follow him on his twitter handle @karan13dewan)