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Our Prediction: TUTI Patriots, 1.66Bet on TUTI Patriots for Real Money
The most dominant team of this year’s TNPL and the defending champions, Albert TUTI Patriots, will be taking on the Lyca Kovai Kings as they try and extend their unbeaten streak. Can the Kovai Kings pull something special out of the bag to try and cause an upset here?
Four matches played, four matches won. The TNPL must be seeming like an easy place for the TUTI Patriots at the moment. Their spectacular start to the season can be put down the tremendous success their opening batsmen have enjoyed so far.
Washington Sundar and KM Gandhi now have three century opening partnerships from four games already. Both of them have absolutely dominated the opposition bowling attacks and not really let their middle order be tested at all.
Sundar has 287 runs to his name at an average of 143.50 and a strike rate of 147.93. He has also hit 10 sixes in the tournament so far. As if the form of these two opening batsmen was not enough that the Patriots now also have Dinesh Karthik at their disposal.
Karthik got a first ball duck in the last match but he is easily one of the most destructive batsmen going around in this format of the game.
It is hard to look for too many weaknesses in a team that is winning all of its matches. Washington Sundar is also leading the bowling charts to have 8 wickets to his name and cannot seem to do anything wrong at the moment. Giving him good support are Akash Sumra, Aushik Srinivas, and Athisayaraj Davidson.
A winning start to their campaign raised hopes but a loss and a washout after that have meant that the Lyca Kovai Kings are 6th in the table right now and in need of a win. Skipper Syed Mohammad has been injured and is going to be missing from this match, which will be a big blow to the Kings, but hopefully, give a chance to one of the youngsters to really step up.
As is the theme for this tournament, the openers have been by far the best batsmen for the Kovai Kings so far. L Suryaprakash and Anirudh Sita Ram have done well as has R Rohith in the middle order. However, in the two innings that the Kovai Kings batsmen have had so far, only one batsman is totaling more than fifty runs in the tournament and that is a big problem for them.
If the Kovai Kings are to be competitive their batsmen will need to step up in a big manner to try and match the might of the TUTI Patriots.
The Lack of Syed Mohammad will be detrimental on the bowling front as well, considering that he is their current highest wicket taker. In his absence, Harish Kumar and K Vignesh will have to take the responsibility of trying to pick some quick wickets.
It is difficult to see the Kovai Kings compete if they stick to being predictable. They must think of some innovative tactics to try and change the course of the game and take the initiative away from the Patriots.
A dry, hot day has been forecast for this match with very little chance of rain. The pitch at Tirunelveli is expected to be slow and provide assistance to the spinners. Getting runs with the new ball is going to be crucial and we believe that a score should be considered par for this ground.
Albert TUTI Patriots to win
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