Inaugural edition of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) have reached into its final phase where Dindigul Dragons will clash with TUTI Patriots in first semifinal on Friday (16 September) at Indian Cement Company Ground, Tirunelveli. Dindigul Dragons finished second while Patriots managed third spot in points table during group stage.
Fixture: Dindigul Dragons vs TUTI Patriots, 1st Semifinal/ DD vs TUT
Time/Date: 06:30 PM IST/ 01:00 PM GMT/ 06:30 PM Local/ 16 Sep
Venue: Indian Cement Company Ground, Tirunelveli.
Dragons played fabulous cricket throughout this tournament and they looked a team to beat. They lost only two games during group stages and that two came during last few matches which may worry them. Two losses in last three matches may not reveal success of Dindigul Dragons in TNPL but they have a strong unit who knows how to lift themselves in pressure situations.
N Jagadeesan has been consistent performer for his side with four half-century in seven matches. He is also the leading run-scorer of the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2016 with 338 runs and healthy average of 56.33. Meanwhile, Kaushik Gandhi, opener of TUTI Patriots is second in the leading run-scorer tally with 298 runs at average of 49.67 including two half-century. So, It will be interesting to see who leads the chart at the end of this fantastic league.
Murugan Ashwin is leading the wicket-takers list with 12 wickets which should be good news for Dragons. M S Sanjay is a skillful bowler who has chipped in one four-wickets haul against Chepauk Super Gillies however Dindigul Dragons lost the match by six runs.
More eyes will be on left-arm pacer T Natrajan who has impressed with his skill of pace-variation. He has taken 9 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 17.11 including one four-wickets haul at economy rate of less then 7 runs per over. Ravichandran Ashwin is not sure to be available for semifinal clash against TUTI Patriots but if he is available then bowling department is added extra strength.
On the other hand, TUTI Patriots have improved a lot during last phase TNPL 2016 because they claimed three consecutive win to reach semifinal. They come into this fixture at the back of 33 runs win over a team who didn’t score in points table and remained at bottom of table.
Kaushik Gandhi has been performing on consistent basis for Patriots and also he is second highest scorer of the tournament with 298 runs. He played match winning knock of 86 runs in last match against Madurai Supergiants and grabbed man of the match award.
Bowling attack is nicely led by experienced L Balaji along with Ganesh Moorthi, Aushik Srinivas and Washington Sundar have made life difficult for opposition batsmen.
Which TV Channel will telecast matches of TNPL 2016?
TV Channels: Star Sports
DD vs TUT Live score: Cricbuzz.com, ESPNcricinfo.com & YahooCricket.com
Where to watch Online Streaming: Starsports.com & Hotstar.com
What is the full squad of TUTI Patriots & Dindigul Dragons TNPL 2016?
Dindigul Dragons Squad: Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Subramania Siva, Murugan Ashwin, Ganga Sridhar Raju, T Natarajan, Sunny Kumar Singh, Ashwin Venkataraman, Wilkins Victor, S Abishiek, Adithya Arun, S Dinesh, VRS Guru Kedarnath, N Jagadeesan, D Prashanth Prabhu, MS Sanjay, S Shyam Sundar, M Silambarasan, R Vivek, ME Yazh Arun Mozhi, K Mukunth, S Raghunath
TUTI Patriots Squad: Dinesh Karthik(c), Umashankar Sushil, Siddarth Ahuja, Akash Sumra, Subramanian Anand, Aswin Crist, V Athisayaraj Davidson, Aushik Srinivas, Lakshmipathy Balaji, M Ganesh Moorthi, Kaushik Gandhi, V Lakshman, Maaruthi Raghav, Abhinav Mukund, SP Nathan, G Nicul Anand, R Sathyanarayan, R Vishaal, Washington Sundar
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