Defending Champs Madurai open their campaign against TUTI Patriots
Our prediction is Madurai Panthers will win the match!
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TUTI Patriots failed to make it to the finals last season after ending up in the fifth position in the points table. Washington Sundar will miss most of the tournament owing to his national commitment and it will be a big loss for the TUTI Patriots in both bowling and batting departments. Senior Players Rajagopal Sathish and Kaushik Gandhi will be required to play a vital role in the batting order. S Dinesh, Keeper Subramanian Anand, and All-rounder Malolan Rangarajan will add depth the batting line-up and will remain a vital cog of the middle order. Athisiraj Davidson will lead their bowling attack and he is expected to take up the new ball with Ganesh Moorthi. R Sai Kishore, R Jesuraj, and Nidhish Rajagopla will look to go through the middle overs bowling tight line and lengths to strangle the opposition batsmen.
Defending Champions Madurai Panthers will start their TNPL 2019 campaign against a star-studded TUTI Patriots team. Skipper Rohit will lead the team this season too and will look to retain the title. Arun Karthik was their star batsmen last season scoring 472 runs and was the leading run-scorer of the 2018 season. Shrijit Chandran, Thalaivan Sargunam, and Koushik added some vital runs and helped their team build partnerships in the middle. They form the core of the batting line-up along with Skipper Rohit and Arun Karthik. Abhishek Tanwar was the most consistent bowler for the Madurai team and he topped the wicket-takers chart last season. Lokesh Raj and Jagadeesan Kousik formed an excellent pace troika along with Abhishek Tanwar and took wickets at regular intervals. Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and Rahil Shah will take over the spin bowling duties and will be expected to play a big role as the pitches get slower.
R Sathish – Sathish is an aggressive batsmen and he scored 233 runs last season at a strike rate of 183. He scored two fifties and can also give the team some crucial overs in the middle. He is a handy all-rounder in the team.
Athisayaraj Davidson – Athisayaraj will remind us Malinga with his slinging action and he can hurry the batsmen with his pace as the ball skids due to his unorthodox action. He took 13 wickets last season but his leaked runs at an economy of nearly 9 RPO.
Rajagopal Sathish, Kaushik Gandhi (c), Malolan Rangarajan, Nidish Rajagopal, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Rajamani Jesuraj, Subramanian Anand (wk), V Athisayaraj Davidson, M Ganesh Moorthi, S Abishiek, S Dinesh
Arun Karthik – Arun Karthik leads his team to title victory with two scintillating knocks of 79* & 75* in the qualifiers and finals. He added a100+ run partnership in the finals after his team lost 3 wickets in the first over itself. He is a big match player.
J Koushik – Koushik is an excellent all-rounder who can bowl his quota of 4 overs and hit some lusty blows in the finishing stages of the match. He scored 167 runs at a strike rate of 146 and took 9 wickets in the last season.
Arun Karthik (wk), Rahil Shah, Thalaivan Sargunam, R Karthikeyan, D Rohit (c), Jagatheesan Kousik, Abhishek Tanwar, Lokesh Raj, Shijit Chandran, Varun Chakravarthy, Tushar Raheja
Dindigul pitch has a good balance between the bat and ball and the pitch might ease out as the match progresses. The average first innings score here is 157 runs. The weather forecast looks cloudy and rainy with nearly 60% chances of rain. The DL equation and match interruptions may come into picture in this match.
Teams batting second have won 70% of matches played here and both captains will look to bowl first here.
Madurai Panthers come into this match after a victorious campaign last year and will be high on confidence and morale. TUTI Patriots will miss their star all-rounder Washington Sundar, but they are a very strong team with a lot of experienced players. We expect Madurai Panthers to start this season with a win.