With only a few matches away from semi-finals this edition of TNPL is nearing its final stage. Besides Ravichandran Ashwin's Dindigul Dragon no other teams have ensured their semi-final spot. Karaikudi Kaalai virtually out of the semi-final race as they have lost of the matches. But teams like ruby Trichy Warriors, Madurai panthers, and Lyca Kovai kings have got a chance to claim for their semi-final berth. Madurai panthers are placed third in the table and a win today’s match against Karaikudi Kaalai will help them to confirm their place in the semi-final. Otherwise, they have to depend on the results of the other games. Players like Arun Karthik and Jagadeesh Koushik are doing exceptionally well with the bat but they are lacking support from another end. As far ther bowling is concerned it is their major weak link and it led them down in so many occasions.
Karaikudi Kaalai on another hand is a bottom-placed team and they are also looking to finish off their campaign on winning note. For Karaikudi Kaalai also their batting let them down in many occasions and their experienced campaigners Srikanth Aniruddha and Ganesh are not coming good in crucial occasions of the game is the major reason for their awful campaign. Failing to win the crucial moments of the game costs them heavily. Some measured bowling from Sunil Sam and Raj Kumar are reducing their margin of defeats this occasion otherwise the situation could have been much worse.
Nine matches have been played so far in the ground out of the teams that bats first has got higher advantage than the team that chases the target. The slowness of the pitch making the teams difficult to bat on second innings. As for the first inning is concerned the average first innings score is increasing in every match. After winning toss batting first will be the ideal option for both the teams.
Expected playing XI:
Srikkanth Anirudha (C), Laxmesha Suryaprakash, Rajhamany Srinivasan, Maan Bafna, Yo Mahesh, S Ganesh (wk), M Shajahan, R Rajkumar, RD Ashwin Kumar, Sunil Sam, S Swaminathan
Shijit Chandran (C), Arun Karthik, A Sarath Raj, Jagatheesan Kousik, Abhishek Tanwar, Nilesh Subramanian (wk), R Mithun, R Karthikeyan, Kiran Akash, Rahil Shah, N Selva Kumaran
Players to watch out for:
An experienced campaigner and talented batsmen Srikanth Aniruddha has been their star batsmen and has contributed well in the initial stages of the game. He will look to repeat the same performance that will help his team to pull off a victory and end their disastrous campaign on winning note.
Sunil sam is also an experienced campaigner with the ball and he will look to repeat the same performance to help his team to end their campaign on winning note and strong performance will help him to reclaim his spot in limited-overs for Tamil Nadu
Arun Karthik is one of the talented openers who is known for his excellent cover drives. He can switch gears at any time. He will look to put up a strong performance that will help his team to win today’s encounter.
Jagatheesan Koushik has been one of the gifted batsmen who has got the ability to the game on his own. He has been in a quite offseason so far and a strong performance will boost his confidence as well as it will help his team to emerge victoriously and move on to semi-finals.
Madurai panthers have been doing well and if they play as a unit they will beat Karaikudi Kaalai in today’s encounter. Winning toss and batting first will also a crucial factor.