About the Match
The undefeated Albert TUTI Patriots will be taking on Karaikudi Kaalai as they attempt to continue their domination of the league. Karaikudi Kaalai is no pushover though and has all the ammunition required to try and upset the Patriots in this match.
After losing a first close match in this competition, Karaikudi Kaalai struck back by destroying the Madurai Super Giants in the next game. This match against the TUTI Patriots though is going to be a whole different kettle of fish.
One thing that will give Karaikudi Kaalai some confidence is the fact they defeated the Patriots convincingly last year with much of the same squad that they have this year. Leading the charge for their team will be Srikkanth Anirudh.
He has experience playing in the IPL and is in good form as well. He shared a century opening partnership with Vishal Vaidhya in the last match which formed the basis for a large first inning total. It is this opening partnership that will be required to lead the way once again against the Patriots.
Following these two is the vastly experienced Subramaniam Badrinath who scored 41 in the first game and will be looking to make this edition of the TNPL memorable. With some solid lower order hitting power in their ranks too, Karaikudi Kaalai will be confident of a good batting show.
Rajkumar and Mohan Prasath have been the standout bowlers for their team up until now. We think the spinners will start to become very important as the matches go on particularly at Tirunelveli.
Albert TUTI Patriots
The first couple of matches have barely stretched the Patriots so far. Washington Sundar and KM Gandhi have scored the bulk of the runs and chased down totals with ease. Their opening partnership will be crucial once more as every single team will try its level best to try and separate them early.
One downside that comes with such dominance is the fact that the Patriots middle order is untested and could be a little rusty when they are finally required to score in the middle.
That being said, SP Nathan, Akash Sumra, Sushil, and Sathyanarayan are all very handy with the bat and will be awaiting their opportunity in this tournament.
A look at the bowling stats once again throws up the name of Washington Sundar at the top of the list with 5 wickets. Sundar has been very difficult to get away and uses his height to get some very uncomfortable bounce on the batsmen.
Sundar, Akash Sumra, and Aswin Crist are all very competent bowlers that can choke out opposition batsmen with ease.
We think that the Patriots are an underrated bowling side that can surprise the opposition and make things very comfortable for their batsmen as well.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at Tirunelveli is slow and aids the spinners. It has been playing better than last season up until now but we expect the track to become difficult to score off in a hurry. Power hitters will have a tough time as the ball starts to grip and stay low.
The conditions are going to hot, humid but dry for the match.
Albert TUTI Patriots to wi