In the second encounter of the first double-header of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2019, TUTI Patriots (TP) will be taking on the Madurai Panthers (MP) at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul on July 20, Saturday. Madurai Panthers enter this competition as the defending champions, after having won last year's final against Dindigul Dragons by seven wickets. Abhishek Tanwar, Lokesh Raj and Varun Chakravarthy starred for them with the ball, while wicketkeeper Arun Karthik and Shijit Chandran were the leading batters in what was a low scoring thriller.
On the contrary, TUTI Patriots missed their qualification to the playoffs by a whisker last year. The team won four and lost three out of its seven league matches and was with eight points, which might have been sufficient for qualification. However, they fell short of Karaikudi Kaalai's net run rate by 0.100 points and were left stranded as a result.
That said, the team has not been short of laurels in their three seasons of TNPL till now. They won the opening season and ended as runners-up in the second year. S Dinesh was the team's highest run-getter last year and is expected to stand out again, while V Athisayaraj Davidson picked the most wickets for the Patriots with 13 scalps.
After failing to qualify for the playoffs in the first two seasons, Madurai Panthers lifted the trophy last year and would be coming into this tournament with a lot of confidence.
Head to Head Battle
TUTI Patriots likely Playing XI
Patriots will rely mainly on Dinesh, Subramanian Anand and Akshay Srinivasan when it comes to batting. Dinesh scored 218 runs in seven matches and he had a strike-rate of 142.48. Subramanian and Srinivasan both scored in 40s against Madurai Panthers last year and the duo will be expected to make substantial contributions this time as well. Skipper Washington Sundar will have an important role to play with both bat and ball.
The all-rounder has been bowling well in the T20 formats and he has the ability to hit big shots as well. The Patriots will also look to Athisayaraj Davidson to take wickets in this match. The pacer finished as the second-best bowler of the tournament last year with 13 wickets and he was also the pick of the bowlers in the game against the Panthers.
Probable XI: S Dinesh, Akshay Srinivasan, Subramanian Anand (wk), Nidish Rajagopal, Murugesan Kamlesh, S Abishiek, Washington Sundar (c), M Ganesh Moorthi, Wilkins Victor, Dakshinamoorthy Kumaran, V Athisayaraj Davidson.
Madurai Panthers likely Playing XI
Panthers have a pretty good-looking batting line-up and they will be hoping that their openers Rohit and Arun Karthik are able to take them off to a flier in the powerplay. Karthik topped the runs charts in the previous edition with 472 runs. He struck six half-centuries and one of those came against the Patriots at this very ground. Shijit Chandran and Thalaivan Sargunam are two other key figures in this batting group.
In terms of bowling, the Panthers will rely mainly on Abhishek Tanwar to deliver the goods. The medium pacer was the tournament's best bowler last time with 15 wickets. He snared three scalps against the Patriots and will be expected to do some damage this time as well. Rahil Shah and Varun Chakravarthy, who took nine wickets last year, will also pose a threat to the batsmen.
Probable XI: Arun Karthik, D Rohit (c), Thalaivan Sargunam, Tushar Raheja, Shijit Chandran, R Karthikeyan, Nilesh Subramanian (wk), Lokesh Raj, Varun Chakravarthy, Abhishek Tanwar, Rahil Shah.
Match Timings- 7:15 pm IST and local
Broadcast Details- Star Sports 3, Star Sports 3 HD.
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