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Toss Winner - Dindigul Dragons won the toss and chose to bowl first
Dindigul Dragons beat IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans by 8 wickets
IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans eye third consecutive win
IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans to win
Tournament: Tamil Nadu Premier League 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: SCF Cricket Ground, Salem, India | Toss: To BatBet Now
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IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans are all set to face Dindigul Dragons at SCF Cricket Ground in Salem. The two teams are coming into this match following contrasting trajectories.
While Tamizhans have bounced back with the bat and won two consecutive matches, Dindigul Dragons seem to be struggling with the bat and ball. Dragons were bowled out for 147 runs in their last match while chasing 207.
Prior to that, in the match where they beat Super Gillies by 1 run, the Ashwin-led team was 5 down for 63 runs. The top-order has failed on back-to-back occasions for Dindigul Dragons. Tamizhans, on the other hand, scored 201 in their last game batting first. Sai Kishore has had a great IPL and is confident at number 3.
Batting all-rounder and opener S Radhakrishnan has also looked in great touch. Tamizhans have completely turned things around after their loss to Super Gillies and are now a force to reckon with.
After a couple of losses to kick off their TNPL 2023 campaign, Tiruppur Tamizhans are back to winning ways with consecutive wins. Their batting performances have improved in recent outings with the middle-order finding its rhythm.
While S Radhakrishnan has been in good form after replacing NS Chaturved at the top, Sai Kishore and Vijay Shankar in the middle order are also in good touch. The two middle-order batsmen have been part of the Gujarat Titans in IPL and delivered for their franchise at crucial times.
They will bring a lot of experience to this side. Rajendra Vivek and Balchandra Anirudh are two promising batters who can fit anywhere in the lineup. They’ve delivered some good knocks in recent matches and add depth to this batting order.
Anirudh scored 51 off 25 at number 5 in the last match as Tamizhans posted a 201-run total while Rajendra Vivek made 21 off 13 balls in their successful run chase against Nellai Royal Kings at number 4.
It is not just the batting aspect of their performance that has improved. Tiruppur Tamizhans have delivered some impressive bowling spells as well. A fifer from P Bhuvaneswaran helped bowl out the Kings for just 124 runs.
He continued his form with 4 wickets in the next game against Ba11sy Trichy while defending a 201-run total. R Sai Kishore, S Ajith Ram, and G Periyaswamy are other key bowlers who can deliver match-winning spells for Tamizhans.
S Radhakrishnan, Tushar Raheja (wk), Balchander Anirudh, Rajendran Vivek, NS Chaturved (c), Vijay Shankar, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, S Ajith Ram, Alliraj Karuppusamy, P Bhuvaneswaran, S Ganesh, G Periyaswamy
P Bhuvaneswaran, Tushar Raheja, Karuppusamy A, S Radhakrishnan, NS Chaturved, B Anirudh Sita Ram, S Ajith Ram, Vijay Shankar, R Vivek, G Periyaswamy, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore
R Ashwin’s team suffered their first defeat of the season after winning three matches in a row. The top-order of Dragons has been struggling for quite some time and the last time, this struggle cost them the game.
In their win over Madurai Panthers, where Dindigul Dragons successfully chased down 124 runs, they lost 3 wickets in the powerplay. In the next game, they were 5 down for 63 runs in the 10th Over. Adithya Ganesh, C Sarath Kumar, and Suboth Bhati in the lower order led the comeback taking the score to 170 runs.
In their recent match where the Dragons suffered their first loss of the season, the opening batsman Shivam Singh scored 61 off 42 balls. But once again, Dragons had lost half of their team for just 51 runs.
Opener Rahul needs to step up and play a better knock and make sure Dindigul don’t lose many wickets in the powerplay. Baba Indrajith is also struggling with his form in the middle order and the Dragons look in bad shape as far as batting is concerned.
Saravana Kumar, Varun Chakravarthy, and R Ashwin are the key wicket-taking bowlers in this lineup. Both Kumar and Chakravarthy were expensive in the last game after Ashwin won the toss and opted to bowl. These three need to bounce back and deliver breakthroughs against an in-form Tamizhans side.
Shivam Singh, Baba Indrajith (wk), Boopathi Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Adithya Ganesh, C Sarath Kumar, Suboth Bhati, M Mathivannan, P Saravana Kumar, VP Diran, Varun Chakaravarthy
G Kishoor, Varun Chakravarthy, Boopathi Vaishna Kumar, Baba Indrajith, Aushik Srinivas, M Mathivannan, R Vimal Khumar, C Sarath Kumar, Suboth Bhati, Shivam Singh S, Saravana Kumar P
It is a good batting wicket and the batters will enjoy playing their strokes as the ball comes onto the bat nicely. Spinners can make a difference in the second innings. The weather would be partly cloudy with a high of 34 degrees Celsius.
SCF Cricket Ground in Salem will be the venue for this game. The team batting first has reached the 200-run mark in the last two matches played at this venue. The chasing team fell way too short of the target. A 185+ score would be a competitive total on this ground.
Teams batting first have won 2 of the 4 matches played at this venue. There have been plenty of runs scored in the last couple of matches. Ashwin’s team is in no shape ready to chase down a massive score and it is ideal for them to bat first and back the spinners to defend the score. Tiruppur Tamizhans would also look to repeat their performance from the last game at this venue.
Though Dindigul Dragons have more wins than IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans and are ahead in the points table, there have been signs of trouble in their batting department in recent matches. Their poor run of form with the bat makes them vulnerable against an in-form Tamizhans bowling attack. IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans have momentum on their side and will start as favourites in our match prediction.
IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans to win
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