About the Match
The final of the TNPL 2017 is upon us and it will be the two strongest teams that fight for the crown. The Albert TUTI Patriots have dominated this competition and strolled into the finals without being beaten while the Chepauk Super Gillies have defeated every team apart from the Patriots as well. Can the Gillies stop the defending champions, Patriots, from winning their second successive tournament?
Albert TUTI Patriots
The Patriots have reached the finals without being defeated or even being seriously challenged for the matter. The biggest star of their side has been Washington Sundar, easily the player of the tournament whatever may happen in the finals.
He has scored 445 runs in the tournament so far at an average of 89.00 and strike rate of 156.14. He also cleared the rope 16 times, more than anyone else in his team. If this were not enough, his bowling has been spectacular as well with a team high total of 14 wickets to his name.
In a team that will boast of international superstars like Dinesh Karthik and Abhinav Mukund, every opposition bowler will be vying for Washington Sundar’s wicket. That is not to say that the Patriots are a one man team. Not by any stretch of imagination.
KM Gandhi has given excellent support to Sundar at the top of the order and has 273 runs in the tournament himself. Dinesh Karthik at 3 and Abhinav Mukund at 4 makes this a formidable lineup which should be able to score a lot of runs even if Washington Sundar fails for a change.
The bowling is also very strong with Sundar and Athisayaraj Davidson being the two standouts. Ganesh Moorthi, Aswin Crist, and Aushik Srinivas have also been impressive although it is clear that having the weight of runs behind them has helped their cause quite a bit.
The Patriots will go into this match as the overwhelmingly strong favorite and it will take something quite remarkable to stop them from winning the title once again.
Chepauk Super Gillies
The Gillies have had two opportunities to try and beat the Patriots in this tournament and failed. Their overall record stands at zero wins from four matches against the Patriots. Can the fifth time be any different?
The Chepauk Super Gillies are not a team to be taken lightly even though they have fared poorly against the Patriots in the past. They have the highest wicket taker of the tournament in their side, Sai Kishore, a bowler who stood out even in their loss against Patriots in the first Qualifier and once again in the eliminator against the Lyca Kovai Kings.
His spell of four overs will be crucial to any hopes that the Gillies might have of winning this match. They will also need some of their other senior bowlers like Yo Mahesh and R Sathish to perform better under pressure than they did in the first qualifier.
It is all but certain that the Gillies will open with R Sathish and Sai Kishore in an effort to pick some early wickets and get in the game. The first part of their task will be to stop the Patriots from dominating the powerplay like they have so often in the past and end the game there itself.
The Chepauk Super Gillies also have two openers who have had excellent tournaments. Both Gopinath and Sargunam have over 200 runs in the tournament and will want to improve their record against the Patriots.
A lot will also depend on the tactics that the Chepauk Super Gillies follow because we firmly believe they will have to do something totally out of the ordinary to try and upset the Patriot’s rhythm, otherwise they simply do not stand a chance.
Pitch and Conditions
It is set to be a cloudy day in Chennai with the threat of rain around. Hopefully, though the rain will stay away long enough for the final of this tournament be played out unhindered. The pitch at the Chidambaram stadium is easily the best batting surface and we could see a lot of runs being scored again.
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