Tirunelveli, August 8: VB Kanchi Veerans will have to go all out for victory against Ruby Trichy Warriors in their 4th Sankar Cement Tamil Nadu Twenty20 Premier League game at the India Cements Ltd - Sankar Nagar Ground, Tirunelveli to qualify for the Playoffs.
A win for VBKV will see them finish at par with Lyca Kovai Kings (0.255) on points (eight) but their better net run rate (0.575) will help them sail through. A defeat will help LKK make the top four.
RTW have nothing much to gain from this except that a victory will help them avoid the last place. Their batting has been their weakest link with only Murali Vijay shining through with 359 runs. But even he could not save them from crashing to three defeats in the four matches he played this season.
Match 28:VB Kanchi Veerans v Ruby Trichy Warriors
Venue:India Cements Limited- Sankar Nagar Ground, Tirunelveli
When:August 9, 2019 (Friday)
Match timings:7:15 P.M. onwards
Live on:Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 (Tamil), Vijay Super
Head to Head: VBKV 2; RTW 1
2018 league record: VB Kanchi Veerans 7th; RTW sixth
2019 record: VB Kanchi Veerans LWWWLL; Ruby Trichy Warriors LLLLLW
2019 top performers: Baba Aparajith 179 runs, Gowtham Thamarai Kannan 8 wickets (VBKV); Murali Vijay 359 runs, P Saravana Kumar 9 wickets (RTW).
VB Kanchi Veerans: Suresh Lokeshwar (WK), K Vishal Vaidhya, Baba Aparajith (captain), R Sanjay Yadav, Rajagopal Sathish, K Deeban Lingesh, P Francis Rokins, Raghupathi Silambarasan, NS Harish, Gowtham Thamarai Kannan, Rangaraj Suthesh, U Mukilesh, RS Mokit Hariharan, S Siddharth, S Arun, R Aushik Srinivas, R Divakar.
Ruby Trichy Warriors:Murali Vijay, Aravind S, Karunakaran Mukunth, Aditya Barooah, Maaruthi Raghav, Ganapati Chandrasekar, R Sathyanarayan, Mani Bharathy (WK), P Saravana Kumar, R Sai Kishore (captain), Lakshminarayanan Vignesh, Kannan Vignesh, M Poiyamozhi, Sanjay MS, DT Chandrasekar, Adithya Ganesh.
Umpires:JR Madanagopal, R Rajesh Kannan; Third umpire:MG Saidarshan Kumar.
Match referee:S Suresh.