Chennai, Sep 18: After a month of intense cricketing action, the India Cements Tamil Nadu Premier League finally has its two finalists in the form of Albert TUTI Patriots and Chepauk Super Gillies, who will face each other at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Sunday (Sep 18).
It is back to where it started because the last time these two sides met at this very stadium was in the opening game of the league.
Patriots clinched that match by 45 runs and from then on, both the teams have had a mix of journeys in the tournament so far.
Albert TUTI Patriots have found form at the right time of the tournament. They have won four matches in a row with both their bowling and batting contributing equally well.
With their bowling doing well throughout the league, led by the veteran Lakshmipathy Balaji, all it needed was the addition of the star players Dinesh Karthik and Abhinav Mukund for their batting to showcase some class.
Both the players were fantastic in the last match at Tirunelveli against the Dindigul Dragons, sharing a game-changing partnership between them. Dinesh infact played a second fiddle to Mukund, who looked unstoppable in that innings of 91. The two have made the batting line-up stronger that was getting into some good form with Kaushik Gandhi, Washington Sundar finding their touch as well.
Their bowling has been been top class right from the beginning of the tournament and have not allowed the opposition to get away with huge scores. They have been successful in restricting the opponents to 150 or less in almost all their games and that says a lot about their bowling attack.
Balaji leads the bowling attack with panache and the others like Aswin Crist, Aushik Srinivas and Ganesh Moorthi have chipped in well especially in the middle overs. Washington Sundar, Patriots' surprise package in the bowling powerplay, has been the biggest plus for the Patriots in the bowling department.
Moving on, the Chepauk Super Gillies didn't have a great start to the league. But they have won the crucial moments of the tournament which helped them top the table and that eventually to grab the finals spot.
The opening partnership of K Gopinath and Thalaivan Sargunam sets the base for the middle order to take off from there. Captain R Sathish's boundaries in the final overs make the difference between a par score and an above par score while setting a target.
Vasanth Saravanan would have gained a lot of confidence after that man of the match and half century in the semi-finals game against the LYCA Kovai Kings. That nicely sets up their batting line-up.
The bowling line-up of Chepauk is a mix of youngsters and experienced bowlers. Sai Kishore who is having a great tournament loves to bowl in the powerplay. He is supported by the fellow left arm spinner R Alexander and the young fast bowler Ashwath Mukunthan.
Sathish opens the bowling for the Gillies and his experience is a value addition for the Chepauk side. Antony Dhas has been the revelation for the Chepauk side and has given crucial breakthroughs whenever the team has needed one.