New team Phoenix Medicines – Kollam Kernels emerged as the surprise package in KPL Dubai second season with an all-win record in the Twenty20 tournament.
The 12-team tourney is being held under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council. A total of eight matches are scheduled to be held at the ICC Global Academy grounds this weekend.
In Group A Phoenix Medicines – Kollam Kernels top the table, having won all the three matches they have played in the tournament – a remarkable record for a debutant team. Defending champions Dunes Cuisine Kannur Veerans have a mixed start so far, losing a match and winning one. Thumbay Kasargod Leopards, last season’s semi-finalist, also lost a match and won one.
New entrants Concord Ventures Palakkad Harvesters were impressive with one victory while losing their second match. Space CSS Alleppey Ripples have lost the only match they have played, while Calicut Zamorins Supported by du have lost both the matches they have competed.
In Group B, Thrissur Dynamites Yogi Group lead the table with a 100 per cent record, having won both the matches they have played. New team Capital Kochi Diwans opened their campaign in style winning the lone match they played so far.
DCB Kings XI Trivandrum Royals have also won the one match they contested.
Global Distribution Malappuram Knights and Globalink Weststar Shipping Pathanamthitta Rajas have lost both the matches they played. The equations and table positions are set to change with eight matches set to be played this weekend.
In Thursday’s matches, table toppers Phoenix Medicines Kollam Kernels take on Calicut Zamorins Supported by du, while Thrissur Dynamites Yogi Group face Kochi at the ICC Global Cricket Academy Grounds. Both the matches are scheduled to be held at 7.30pm.
There will be four matches on Friday, featuring Dunes Cuisine Kannur Veerans Vs Thumbay Kasargod Leopards, Globalink Weststar Shipping Pathanamthitta Rajas Vs DCB Kings Trivandrum
Royals, Concord Ventures Palakkad Harvestors Vs Calicut Zamorins Supported by du, Trotters Independent Traders Wayanand Highlanders Vs Capital Kochi Diwans.
It will be the first match for last season’s runners-up Trotters Independent Traders Wayanand Highlanders in the tournament.
In Saturday’s matches, Space CSS Alleppey Ripples take on Calicut Zamorins Supported by du, Trotters Independent Traders-WAYANAD Highlanders face the challenge from DCB Kings Trivandrum Royals. Capital Kochi Diwans will meet Global Distribution Malappuram Knights in Sunday’s lone match.