Dindigul, July 31: iDream Karaikudi Kaalai and Tuti Patriots are sailing in the same boat in the 4th Sankar Cement Tamil Nadu Twenty20 Premier League (TNPL) after four rounds and their battle at the NPR College Ground, Natham, Dindigul on Thursday will decide which team is in a better position to make a bid for the Playoffs.
Both teams have got just two points from four matches with the Patriots a shade ahead in the eight-team standings. They are at the sixth spot on account of a better net run rate (-2.349) followed by iDKK at the seventh spot with an NRR of -2.421.
Since their first match victory against Ruby Trichy Warriors in a tied game that was decided by the Super Over, iDKK have hurtled from one defeat to another. However, they have been boosted by the inclusion of international star Dinesh Karthik and should be looking for a turnaround in fortunes at the NPR College ground.
Tuti Patriots have also struggled with just one victory against Lyca Kovai Kings in the rain-shortened 13-over-a-side game. Since then they have crashed into two big defeats – by 40 runs against Dindigul Dragons and by 58 runs against VB Kanchi Veerans on Tuesday. They will have to dig deep and find a way to be in the reckoning for the top four spot.
Match 17: iDream Karaikudi Kaalai v Tuti Patriots
Venue: NPR College Ground, Natham, Dindigul
When: July 31, 2019 (Wednesday)
Match timings: 7:15 P.M. onwards
Live on: Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 (Tamil), Vijay Super
Head to Head: iDKK 1, TP 2
2018 league record: iDKK fourth, TP fifth
2019 record: iDream Karaikudi Kaalai WLLL, Tuti Patriots LWLL
2019 top performers: iDKK Aniruda Srikkanth 168 runs, Sunil Sam 6 wickets; TP Akshay Srinivasan 126, Tamil Kumaran 5 wickets
iDream Karaikudi Kaalai: Anirudha Srikkanth (captain), Dinesh Karthik (WK), V Aaditya, L Surya Prakash, R Srinivasan, Maan K Bafna, M Shajahan, R Rajkumar, Yo Mahesh, S Swaminathan, Sunil Sam, V Lakshman, S Mohan Prasath, S Kishan Kumar, Ashwath Mukunthan, R Kavin, RD Ashwin Kumar.
Tuti Patriots: Akshay V Srinivasan, Sivagnanan Senthil Nathan, Murugesan Kamalesh (WK), V Subramania Siva (captain), S Abishiek, SP Nathan, S Vasanth Saravanan, M Ganesh Moorthi, Tamil Kumaran, S Shubham Mehta, R Karthikeyan, M Sathya Raj, S Boopalan, K Rahul Raj, S Akash Sivan, Wilkins Victor.
Umpires: MG Saidarshan Kumar, GS Ananthanramakrishnan;TV umpire:MM Srinivasarangan.
Match referee: Arjan Kripal Singh.Published 01 Aug 2019, 09:00 IST