After an exhilarating super-over win against Ruby Trichy Warriors, the Madurai Panthers will now be locking horns with another mid-table side in the TNPL 2019, the Lyca Kovai Kings. Both teams have registered two wins and also lost two games. Madurai are currently placed at fourth while Kings are at fifth position on the points table.
With the teams on top of the ladder picking up pace, it is high time for both these teams to buck up. Lyca were humiliated in the hands of Chepauk and their net run rate, which was previously on the higher side, took a major blow. They still have the experience of Abhinav Mukund and Antony Das on their side which could rescue them from some critical situations.
The 18th match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2019 will be played between Lyca Kovai Kings and Madurai Panthers at the NPR College Ground, Dindigul.
The match starts at 3:15 PM local time (IST) (9:45 AM GMT).
This game will be live on Star Sports and live streaming is available on Hotstar.
Not a lot of runs are being scored on this ground in the last few games and the same pattern is expected to follow. Batting in the second innings could get a little trickier with the pitch slowing down.
Average first inns score (Last 5 TNPL games) – 151
Record of chasing teams – Won – 1, Lost – 2, Tie – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Lyca Kovai Kings:
Abhinav Mukund (c), Malolan Rangarajan, T Natarajan, Shahrukh Khan, Antony Dhas, S Ajith Ram, B Anirudh Sita Ram, Akkil Srinaath, Suresh Babu, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, Pradosh Ranjan Paul (wk)
Bench: Ashwin Venkataraman, Jaganath Sinivas, M Raja, S Manigandan, Muhammed Khan, Prasanth Rajesh, J Suresh Kumar, N Mohammed Ashik
Arun Karthik (wk), Rahil Shah, Jagatheesan Kousik, Abhishek Tanwar, Adhithya Giridhar, Kiran Akash, Shijit Chandran (c), SS Karnavar, R Mithun, A Sarath Raj, N Selva Kumaran
Bench: Thalaivan Sargunam, R Karthikeyan, Lokesh Raj, Nilesh Subramanian, Akash Sumra, Muruganantham, Varun Chakravarthy, J Jabez Moses, MS Promoth, Tushar Raheja, D Rohit, T Veeramani, Sudhan Kandepan
Will be updated if there is any injury or if a player is unavailable.
L Kiran Akash in TNPL 2019:
8 wickets from 4 matches at an average of 12.5
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Arun Karthik, Rahil Shah
Vice-Captain Options – Antony Das, Abhinav Mukund
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – P. Ranjan Paul
Batters – Arun Karthik (C), Abhinav Mukund, Akkil Srinaath, Shahrukh Khan, Shijit Chandran
All-Rounders – Antony Dhas (VC), Jagatheesan Kousik
Bowlers – K Akash, R Mithun, S Ajith Ram
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Nilesh Subramanian
Batters – Shijit Chandran, Abhinav Mukund (VC), B Anirudh, Akkil Srinaath
All-Rounders – Rahil Shah, N Selva Kumar, Antony Dhas (C)
Bowlers – K Akash, R Mithun, S Ajith Ram
Abhinav Mukund has all the experience in the world to make a stellar difference and can be a good option as a captain. One can also experiment with Arun Karthik as a captain or a vice-captain.
Madurai Panthers will win this game.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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