The defending Champions Chepauk Super Gillies play their first game in this years’ edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League against Ruby Trichy Warriors at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. Withal, Trichy’s thriller victory over Dindigul meant, the away side are coming into this game with 2 points already.
The Reds have a refurbished squad, with the likes of Vijay Shankar, Murugan Ashwin and Ganga Shridhar Raju getting slotted via the draft are looking to defend the title once more. Sasidev, Alexander, Rahul, Arun Kumar, Karthik and Arun Kumar are some of the familiar faces among the squad. However, Gopinath is expected to make his debut as a captain for the Gillies.
Sonu Yadav, Suresh Kumar and Vignesh’s performances in the first game have put them into the focus ahead of the second game. With the experience of Bharath Shankar, Indrajith and Tamil Kumaran, the Warriors will be making to break the barrier this time.
These two sides have met only once in the tournament’s history. Chepauk Super Gillies were the victorious team, beating the opponents by 6 wickets last season, thanks to an excellent bowling display from Yo Mahesh and Anthony Dhas’ quickfire innings to put in a solid display. Chepauk and Trichy have a mixture of both youth and experience in their squad.
MA Chidambaram Stadium favors the team which played the second innings. Out of 8 matches, the only match has been won by the team batting first, while the chasers have been benefitted on seven different occasions last season. The average score on this pitch was 156 runs last season. Slight drizzle in the forecast, but spoilsport is not expected.
With both the teams looking to kickstart the tournament in style, a victory will be vital to get the preceding going on from the early days. It will be an important tussle to see two heavyweights go head-to-head in what might promise to be an exciting encounter.