An thrilling fare is on the playing cards as conventional rivals Karnataka and Tamil Nadu face one another within the Vijay Hazare Trophy ultimate on the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.
That the 2 in-form sides are full of high quality gamers solely provides to the thrill surrounding this marquee conflict. Tamil Nadu, the only unbeaten facet on this event, boasts of stars like R. Ashwin, skipper Dinesh Karthik, Abhinav Mukund, M. Vijay and Vijay Shankar.
Karnataka just isn’t brief on large names both, with Ok.L. Rahul, Manish Pandey, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair on the roster.
With each items possessing robust batting line-ups, the summit conflict might effectively change into a high-scoring outing. A have a look at the numbers means that the host holds a slight edge on this division.
Karnataka opener Devdutt Padikkal (598 runs) is the best run-scorer of the event, and his teammates Ok.L. Rahul and Manish Pandey determine within the top-five of the identical checklist.
Mayank made his return to the State facet from India responsibility for the semifinal fixture in opposition to Chhattisgarh, and confirmed his class with an electrical unbeaten 33-ball 47.
Tamil Nadu has banked on the stable middle-order presence of B. Aparajith (532 runs), who’s fourth on the checklist of highest run-scorers. Skilled southpaw opener Abhinav Mukund just isn’t far behind with 515 runs.
Whereas Karnataka is boosted by the arrival of Mayank, the guests are thrilled to have Ashwin again. The spinner’s tight eight overs helped his facet preserve Gujarat right down to a manageable rating within the semifinal.
Tamil Nadu coach D. Vasu said that Ashwin brings rather a lot to the desk. “Ashwin provides rather a lot to the workforce. His inputs — together with Vijay, Mukund and different seniors — contribute rather a lot to the juniors. That’s very heartening.
“The seniors are serving to the juniors each on and off the sector, which is essential,” stated Vasu.
Turning over a brand new leaf
Vasu added that Tamil Nadu has “turned over a brand new leaf”, referring to the facet’s failure to make the knockouts within the earlier two editions.
On the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka rivalry, Vasu, himself a veteran of many a battle between the 2 groups, stated, “We’ve all the time loved our rivalry with Karnataka. It’s all the time been enjoyable, and arduous cricket.
“Neither workforce will ever surrender on successful the sport. I feel it’s going to be the identical. Now we have two excellent groups taking part in one another, with many excellent cricketers within the combine. It needs to be a very good ultimate.”
The inclement rains which have hit the town in current weeks may pose a risk to the motion. The highest-class drainage system on the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, nonetheless, may save the day. Entry is free.
The groups (from):
Karnataka: Manish Pandey (Capt.), Ok.L. Rahul, Devdutt Padikkal, Karun Nair, Pravin Dubey, Rohan Kadam, Abhishek Reddy, Ok. Gowtham, J. Suchith, A. Mithun, Prateek Jain, Ronit Extra, B.R. Sharath, Shreyas Gopal and V. Koushik.
Tamil Nadu: Dinesh Karthik (Capt.), Vijay Shankar, Abhinav Mukund, N. Jagadeesan, B. Aparajith, R. Ashwin, Washington Sundar, C. Hari, M. Vijay, T. Natarajan, Ok. Vignesh, M. Mohammed, Abhishek Tanwar, J. Kousik, Sai Kishore, M. Ashwin and M. Siddharth.