SM Ali T20 Trophy 2018-19, TN vs RJS, Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips

Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy 2018-19: Tamil Nadu vs Rajasthan: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Ravichandran Ashwin will be leading Tamil Nadu in this tournament.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The Tamil Nadu team had a tough 2018/19 season as they failed to cross the league phase in both Vijay Hazare and Ranji Trophy tournaments. The team missed consistent performances from the senior players while some of the young players came into limelight during the season. Ravichandran Ashwin will be leading the Tamil Nadu team in this T20 competition. Their squad is a mixture of top performers from the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).

Their Mushtaq Ali T20 campaign will begin against Rajasthan who will be led by the young all-rounder Mahipal Lomror. After some forgettable outings in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the Rajasthan team were impressive during the Ranji Trophy. Rajasthan bagged as many as 51 points in the league stage with help of seven outright wins from only nine matches. The Chahar brothers – Deepak and Rahul are the star attractions from the Rajasthan team.

Match Details:

The Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy 2018-19 match between Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan will be played at the CB Patel International Cricket Stadium in Surat.

The match will begin at 9:30 AM local time (IST) (4:00 AM GMT).

List of broadcasted matches from the tournament on Day 1:

Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD (Live Streaming on Hotstar):

Delhi vs Jharkhand and Kerala vs Manipur

Live Streaming on Hotstar:

Gujarat vs Meghalaya and Himachal vs Vidarbha

Pitch Condition/Report:

The game between Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan will be the first game to be played at the newly built CB Patel International Cricket Stadium in Surat. The track here could be on the slower side. Conditions here can be estimated only after a couple of games.

Average first innings score: N/A

Record of chasing teams: N/A

Probable XIs:

Tamil Nadu:

N Jagadeesan (WK), Srikkanth Anirudha, Shahrukh Khan, R Vivek, Baba Indrajith, Washington Sundar, Abhishek Tanwar, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), K Vignesh, M Mohammed, Murugan Ashwin.

Bench: Jagatheesan Kousik, C Hari Nishanth, Rohit Ramalingam, NS Chaturved, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore.


Aditya Garhwal, Manender Narender Singh, Robin Bist, Mahipal Lomror (C), Tajinder Singh, Chetan Bist (WK), Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Aniket Choudhary, Nathu Singh, Tanveer-Ul-Haq.

Bench: Siddharth Saraf, Abhijeet Tomar.

Injury and Availability Updates:

Srikkanth Anirudha replaced Vijay Shankar while the pacers Rohit Ramalingam and K Vignesh came into the squad in place of injured V Athisayaraj Davidson and T Natarajan.

Power Picks:

Tamil Nadu’s R Vivek is perfect for the T20 format and his TNPL exploits prove the same. Vivek finished the 2018 TNPL season as the 5th highest run-getter scoring 262 runs from seven innings with three fifties. His runs came at an impressive S/R of 209.60 and have hit 22 sixes. The 27-year-old is yet to make his professional debut but could prove worthy for his team in this tournament.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain options – Aditya Garhwal, N Jagadeesan, C Hari Nishanth, Washington Sundar

Vice-captain options – Deepak Chahar, Tajinder Singh, Aniket Choudhary, Abhishek Tanwar

Alternatives – Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar

Playing XI #1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – N Jagadeesan (C)

Batters – Aditya Garhwal, Robin Bist, Srikkanth Anirudha, Shahrukh Khan

All-Rounders – Tajinder Singh (VC), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin

Bowlers – Abhishek Tanwar, Rahul Chahar, Aniket Choudhary

Playing XI #2 for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – N Jagadeesan

Batters – Aditya Garhwal (VC), Robin Bist, Srikkanth Anirudha (C), R Vivek

All-Rounders – Tajinder Singh, Washington Sundar, Mahipal Lomror

Bowlers – Abhishek Tanwar, Rahul Chahar, Murugan Ashwin


Expert Advice:

As a captain, Ravichandran Ashwin might be seen experimenting himself in the batting order and with the ball. He is placed alongside Washington Sundar, Mahipal Lomror and Tajinder Singh in the all-rounders category who can be better choices. Deepak Chahar might be ineffective if there is no swing movement with the new ball.

Probable Winners:

Tamil Nadu is expected to open the tournament with a comfortable win against Rajasthan.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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