Cricket match date: 20th July 2019
Cricket match time: 07:15 pm IST
Cricket match location: NPR College Ground, Dindigul
Cricket Match format: T20
Team A: TUTI Patriots
Team B: Madurai Panthers
Team A Captain: Washington Sundar
Team B Captain: Damodaran Rohit
Cricket Match Preview:
It is that time of the year again, the finest talents of Tamil Nadu will be on display yet again and the brightest talents will give themselves the opportunity to be recognized by the Indian selectors. The team that impressed one and all with their all-round display last year, the defending champions, Madurai Panthers, will take on TUTI Patriots in their opening cricket game of TNPL 2019.
It was from this platform that India got a fine talent like Washington Sundar, who has not only played games of cricket for India but also played many games for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Sundar is expected to lead his team, TUTI Patriots, this year and it will be a wonderful opportunity for him to strengthen his case to play for India again.
Madurai Panthers won the title last year. Damodaran Rohit, the skipper of the team last year, is expected to lead the side once again. Panthers won five cricket games in their campaign last year and emerged as the victorious side. No side has so far won the tournament twice and with most of their core of last year intact, it is going to be a great opportunity for Panthers to win the title twice in a row.
Washington Sundar was not part of the team of TUTI Patriots last year; his inclusion this year as a captain presents a unique challenge for the youngster. He will be captaining his side along with his inspirations like R Ashwin, who is going to lead Dindigul Dragons, and that will give him a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the best.
Cricket Match Information:
TUTI Patriots will take on Madurai Panthers in their opening cricket game of the TNPL 2019. Madurai Panthers are the defending champions of this edition, having won the 2018 edition by beating Dindigul Dragons in the final by seven wickets. TUTI Patriots will look to extend their dominance over Panthers as they have won two games against them in three years.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Panthers are expected to be led by Washington Sundar this year. They were led by KM Gandhi last year. With change in leadership, they will be looking to go the distance this year. Our prediction is of the similar playing eleven that played the last cricket game in 2018.
Here is our prediction of TUTI Patriots’ playing XI:
- Washington Sundar
- S Dinesh
- Nidhish Rajagopal
- S Abishiek
- V Athisayaraj Davidson
- M Ganesh Moorthi
- SP Nathan
- Vasanth Saravanan
- A Venkatesh
- S Boopalan
- Subramania Siva
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Madurai Panthers are the defending champions of the tournament this year. They are going to be led by Damodaren Rohit this year as well. Our prediction is of the similar playing eleven that played the final last year.
Here is our prediction of Madurai Panthers’ playing XI:
- Damodaren Rohit
- KB Arun Karthik
- X Thalaivan Sargunam
- Varun Chakravarthy
- Tushar Raheja
- PS Chandran
- TD Lokesh Raj
- R Mithun
- R Karthikeyan
- SS Karnavar
- RS Shah
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Varun Chakravarthy emerged as one of the highest paid players in the IPL when he was lapped up by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the auction. This was on the back of his terrific performances in the TNPL. Late bloomer Varun had a tough time in the IPL as he hardly played any cricket game for KXIP before he was out injured. This will be his chance to get his act together and emerge stronger. Our prediction is of a good tournament and game for him.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last T20 cricket game played here was between Lyca Kovai Kings and Siechem Madurai Panthers last year. It was a game that Panthers won easily by seven wickets having to chase 125 runs. Our prediction is of the score of around 140 in this game of cricket. Conditions are expected to be dry.
Madurai Panthers will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They have been beaten in two cricket games out of three games by TUTI Patriots but they are the defending champions hence, our prediction is of Panther’s win.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
D Rohit (MP) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
V Chakravarthy (MP) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
D Rohit (MP)
*odds may change anytime