We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
The SNR College Cricket Ground in Coimbatore is yet to see a high-scoring game in this edition. The average first and second innings scores for the last three games read 156 and 133 respectively.
Probable XI for Nellai: Laxmesha Suryaprakash, M Rooban Raj, Baba Aparajith, Sanjay Yadav, Baba Indrajith (c & wk), G Ajitesh, Jitendra Kumar, M Shajahan, NS Harish, V Athisayaraj Davidson, K Easwaran
Playing XI for Trichy: Amit Sathvik (wk), Santosh Shiv, Murali Vijay, Nidhish Rajagopal, N Niranjan, Akash Sumra, S Gokul Moorthi, M Mathivannan, Ajay Krishna, Rahil Shah (c), R Ganesh
Sanjay Yadav has been the leading run-getter for his side with 219 runs in 5 games, including the highest score of 87. In the process, he has also hit the maximum sixes (19) for the season. He has also helped fantasy players gain bonus points by picking 5 wickets.
Baba Aparajith walked away with the Player of the Match award for scoring a 46-ball 63 and picking a solitary wicket against Tiruppur. Currently, he is the fourth-highest run-scorer (190 at 47) in this edition.
NS Harish has been a genuine strike bowler for Nellai this season with wickets in every game. He has already snapped 8 wickets in 5 matches, including the best figures of 3 for 30 against Madurai.
After failing in the first two games, Murali Vijay seems to have found his lost mojo with scores of 61 and 34 in his last two innings. If Trichy are to turn around their fortunes, he will have to lead the way at the top.
Nellai’s convincing win in their last match was set up by K Easwaran as he ran through Tiruppur’s top-order. He ended up with figures of 3 for 13.
Along with Murali Vijay, Nidhish Rajagopal too holds the key for Trichy at the top. After his smashing 64*in the opening game against Dindigul, he hasn’t delivered enough.
Barring his knock of 34* against Madurai, Baba Indrajith hasn’t clicked in this competition. However, he has added valuable fantasy points by inflicting 6 dismissals with the gloves.
Given the slow wicket at Coimbatore, Rahil Shah will remain a dark horse in fantasy leagues. He has 3 scalps to his credit till now.
Nellai are unbeaten in this edition thus far, owing to which they are sitting pretty at the top of the points table. On the other hand, Trichy have lost three out of four matches and are languishing. Both teams will be meeting for the first time in the competition, and given the current form, Nellai will be the strong favourites.
Time: 15 July, 7.15 PM IST