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Toss Winner - Karaikudi Kaalai won the toss and chose to bat first
Madurai Panthers beat Karaikudi Kaalai by 2 wickets
Defending Champions look for a top-two finish!
Our Prediction is Madurai Panthers to win!
Tournament: Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019 | Format: Twenty20 | Venue: India Cement Company Ground, Tirunelveli | Toss: WIN the toss, BOWL FirstBet Now
Defending Champions Madurai Panthers have made an excellent comeback this season after an early setback to win last their last three matches. They are almost assured of a playoff spot with 8 points from 6 matches. Arun Karthik is their top run-scorer this season too with 281 runs.
J Koushik, Skipper Shijit Chandran, and Nilesh Subramaniam have made some crucial contributions with the bat. Abhishek Tanwar and Kiran Akash tormented the Chepauk Super Gillies early in the match to reduce them to 14/3 in 3 overs. They both took 3 wickets each and had an economy rate of less than 6 RPO. Rahil Shah and N Selvakumaran too have chipped in with vital wickets and maintained the pressure on batsmen with good tight bowling. Bowling is their stronger suit and has contained the opposition to lesser scores in the last three matches.
Karaikudi Kaalai team is on a bad patch this season losing their last 5 matches on a trot. They would look to end the season on high with a win. Skipper Anirudha Srikanth is the only person to make a substantial score this season with two 50+ scores. No other batsmen have a total tally of 100 runs this season till now. Their bowling too has been not up to the mark with bowlers failing to make an impact in any match. Sunil Sam, R Rajkumar, and S Mohan Prasath have leaked runs at a higher economy rate of over 9 RPO and are inconsistent with their line and lengths. No bowler in their team finds a place in the top 15 wicket-takers this season.
A Srikkanth – Skipper Anirudha Srikanth will look to play an impactful knock to help their team to win their last league game. He has scored 197 runs with two half-centuries at a strike rate of nearly 150.
M Shahjahan – Shahjahan had an all-round performance last match with a quickfire 41* off 23 balls and a wicket in the only over he bowled. His performance was not enough to trouble the chase but will give him huge confidence going forward.
A Srikkanth – 197 runs, Strike rate -149, 50s-2, HS - 98
Sunil Sam – 7 wickets, Economy – 8.2 RPO, BB – 2/25
Yo Mahesh, Srikkanth Anirudha (c), Sunil Sam, Laxmesha Suryaprakash, M Shajahan, S Swaminathan, Rajhamany Srinivasan, R Rajkumar, Maan Bafna, RD Ashwin Kumar, S Ganesh (wk)
Yo Mahesh, Sunil Sam, Maan Bafna, Ashwin Balaji, V Aditya, M Shajahan, Ashwath Mukumthan, RD Ashwin Kumar, S Mohan Prasath, S Ganesh, S Anirudha
A Karthik– Madurai team depends heavily on Arun Karthik in the batting department. He has a fifty and century so far in the tournament and no other batsmen have a 50+ score for their team.
Rahil Shah – R Shah has been controlling the innings in the middle overs beautifully with his accurate bowling. He has taken 7 wickets at an economy rate of just 5.3 RPO in this season.
Arun Karthik – 281 runs, Strike rate -148,100s-1, 50s-1, HS - 106
Kiran Akash – 11 wickets, Economy – 6.9 RPO, BB – 3/16
Arun Karthik, Rahil Shah, R Karthikeyan, Jagatheesan Kousik, Abhishek Tanwar, Nilesh Subramanian (wk), Kiran Akash, Shijit Chandran (c), R Mithun, A Sarath Raj, N Selva Kumaran
Sarath Raj A, R Nilesh Subramanian, L Kiran Akash, Rahil Shah, Jagatheesan Kousik, Arun Karthik, N Selva Kumaran, Shijit Chandran, Abhishek Tanwar, MS Promoth, R Mithun
Tirunelveli Pitch is a good batting pitch where batsmen will find it easier to score runs. We can expect scores in the range of 160-180 runs here. The weather looks dark and cloudy but has just 20-30% chances of rain.
Teams batting second has won 3 out of the last 4 matches here. Any score of fewerDefending Champions look for a top-two finish than 160 runs is easily chased able here. We can expect teams to bowl first and restrict the opposition.
Madurai Panthers team is having an upper hand in form, momentum, and player’s strength on paper. Karaikudi Kaalai will have no pressure on them and will look to put a good show in their last match this season.
We expect Madurai Panthers to win this match!
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