The first of two quarter-finals being played on Monday sees hot favourite Tamil Nadu pitted against Punjab in Bengaluru. Tamil Nadu topped Elite Group C with a perfect record to its credit.
In contrast, Punjab entirely depends on its bowling unit with the trio of Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma and Karan Kaila doing most of the damage. Although it does have a couple of talented batsmen, none of them has crossed 200 runs in the tournament so far.
Ideally, Tamil Nadu will be the overwhelming favourite for this game although Punjab does have the experience and talent to upset it. In what should be a competitive battle between Tamil Nadu’s batting unit and Punjab’s bowling unit, both teams would have to deal with the threat of rain as well on Monday.
Punjab’s new-ball duo of Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul has lived up to the hype this season. With a whopping 33 wickets between them, wickets in the first ten overs are a given for Punjab.
Although Anmolpreet Singh has only amassed 185 runs, he is a very solid top-order batsman who is due for a big knock in the quarter-final. With 470 runs at an average of 78.33, Baba Aparajith has stood out for Tamil Nadu among the likes of Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik. With his added bowling ability, Baba Aparajith’s form can be banked upon for this game. Punjab has depended on its bowling unit to bail it out more often than not. Although both teams are strong on paper, Tamil Nadu’s strength in batting standouts making it the favourite against Punjab.