Madurai Panthers will begin their title defence when they face Tuti Patriots on Saturday night in the 3rd game of the 2019 edition. The Madurai franchise came up with an aggressive style of cricket in the previous edition that helped them to win the title. Interestingly, they failed to win even one game in first two editions of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). Madurai lost all seven they played in 2016 and as many as six in 2017 while another game got abandoned.
They will be now up against Tuti Patriots, the champions of the inaugural TNPL edition. They ended up as the runners-up in the following season but missed out on playoffs berth by a whisker in 2018 due to NRR. Their skipper Washington Sundar won’t be available for initial matches as he is currently part of the India A’s tour of West Indies. Madurai’s Varun Chakravarthy will also miss a couple of matches due to injury.
The 3rd match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019 will be played between TUTI Patriots and Madurai Panthers at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul.
The match starts at 7:15 PM local time (IST) (1:45 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Star Sports and live streaming is available on Hotstar.
The NPR College Ground will be hosting two games on the same track. Signs of the pitch getting slower in the second game are quite less given the dew factor. However, a low scoring game could be expected considering how the tournament opener went.
Average first innings score: 158 (Last six night TNPL matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs:
Akshay Srinivasan, V Subramania Siva, Vasanth Saravanan, Subramanian Anand, Murugesan Kamlesh, V Athisayaraj Davidson, Dakshinamoorthy Kumaran, Wilkins Victor, M Ganesh Moorthi, S Dinesh, SP Nathan.
Bench: A Venkatesh, Washington Sundar, Shubham Mehta, S Abishiek, S Boopalan, Ashith Sanganakal, Sivagnanan Senthilnathan, Nidish Rajagopal.
Jagatheesan Kousik, Arun Karthik, R Karthikeyan, Shijit Chandran, Nilesh Subramanian (WK), Abhishek Tanwar, Rahil Shah, Thalaivan Sargunam, SS Karnavar, Muruganantham, Akash Sumra.
Bench: Tushar Raheja, D Rohit, Kiran Akash, Lokesh Raj, R Mithun, MS Promoth, Varun Chakravarthy.
Injury and Availability News:
Washington Sundar and Varun Chakravarthy are not available for this game.
V Athisayaraj Davidson in the TNPL 2018:
13 wickets from seven matches at an average of 19.23. He has a bowling strike rate of 12.9 and finished as 2nd highest wicket-taker.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Arun Karthik, Shijit Chandran, Wilkins Victor, SP Nathan
Vice-captain options – Jagatheesan Kousik, Nilesh Subramanian, S Dinesh, Akshay Srinivasan
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Nilesh Subramanian
Batsmen – Arun Karthik (C), SP Nathan (VC), Shijit Chandran, Vasanth Saravanan
All-Rounders – Jagatheesan Kousik, Wilkins Victor, Rahil Shah
Bowlers – M Ganesh Moorthi, V Athisayaraj Davidson, Abhishek Tanwar
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Murugesan Kamlesh
Batsmen – SP Nathan, Shijit Chandran (C), Thalaivan Sargunam, S Dinesh (VC)
All-Rounders – Wilkins Victor, Rahil Shah, R Karthikeyan
Bowlers – V Athisayaraj Davidson, Abhishek Tanwar, Akash Sumra
There is a talk of Madurai skipper D Rohit not being eligible to play in the tournament. He represents Puducherry in the Domestic circuit. Thalaivan Sargunam also plays for the same team while Arun Karthik represents Kerala. Clarity about the availability of these three players will come only after the toss.
Madurai Panthers will have an edge due to a better all-round squad.
*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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