Hello all and Welcome to Addi’s Prediction
ABOUT THE MATCH
Idream Karaikudi Kaalai and the Siechem Madurai Panthers are both in an excellent place on the league table right now. Both teams have registered four wins from five matches and the winner of this match will go clear to the top of the table. Both sides are almost certain to qualify even if they win one of their remaining two matches, however, they would prefer not to leave it to the last group game.
An exciting top of table clash with little to lose for both sides means that we should have some fearless cricket on display.
There has been no team more impressive than Karaikudi Kaalai this season. The team has only lost one match, that too in the super over, and has since won its next four straight. The interesting thing about Karaikudi Kallai’s success this season so far has been the fact that no one single facet of the team has dominated.
The batting has done well on occasions and the bowling has stepped up on others. The team has found itself in tough situations but raised its game to come out victorious. These are things that will help the team when the knockouts arrive.
The start of the batting is Srikanth Aniruddha who has top-scored for the team with 260 runs to his name. Other players like M Bafna, V Aditya, and Shajhan have contributed but it is clear that Aniruddha is the center around which the batting pivots.
In a tournament where none of the teams have a very strong bowling lineup, Karaikudi Kaalai has probably the best one. Yo Mahesh, Mohan Prasath, R Rajkumar, and M Bafna have all done well with the ball.
Karaikudi Kaalai is perhaps the only tea where the pressure does not immediately let up once the lead bowlers have finished their spell. The Madurai Panthers have a good batting unit but they are going to be tested against the Karaikudi Bowling for sure.
KARAIKUDI KAALAI STARTING LINEUP
Starting lineup not yet available.
The most improved team in the TNPL from last season, the Siechem Madurai Panthers have been in excellent form as well. Just like their opponents in this game, the Madurai Panthers have lost just one game, their first one, and then went on to win the next four matches that they have played.
The Panthers can lay their success down to a strong batting lineup. Led by Arun Karthik who has 221 runs to his name, the Madurai Panthers have racked up good scores in every match that they have played.
Excellent support from players like Sargunam, Kousik, Chandran, and Rohit has helped the Madurai Panthers chase down targets with ease or set some imposing ones themselves.
While only Karthik and Sargunam have scored fifties in the tournament so far, the others have consistently scored thirties coming down late in the order.
The bowling for the Madurai Panthers is a little questionable and we feel they need the cushion of some extra runs to be truly effective. Rahil Shah with 7 wickets is the leading wicket-taker with J Kousik and Varun Chkravarthi chipping in as well.
The bowlers will be hoping to get the wicket of Srikanth Aniruddha early to set up the game for the Panthers.
MADURAI PANTHERS STARTING LINEUP
Starting lineup not yet available.
The team winning the toss is likely to field first
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Some rain has been predicted for match day in Dindigul and a stop-start match can be expected. The pitch at Dindigul has not disappointed so far and been very good for batting. A little bit of slowness has started to creep into the surface but overall the batsmen should still be able to dominate.
We think a score of around 160 should be considered par.