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Toss Winner - VB Kanchi Veerans won the toss and chose to bat first
Madurai Panthers beat VB Kanchi Veerans by 5 wickets
Panthers and Veerans face-off in a knockout bout
Our prediction is Madurai Panthers to win the Eliminator match!
Tournament: Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019 | Format: Twenty20 | Venue: India Cement Company Ground, Tirunelveli | Toss: WIN the toss, BAT FirstBet Now
Defending Champions Madurai Panthers and VB Kanchi Veerans will meet in the eliminator match of the play-offs. The winner of this match will go to the Qualifiers 2 while the loser bows out of the tournament.
Madurai Panthers won their last 4 matches in a row and entered the playoffs with 10 points to their name. Arun Karthik is their highest run-scorer this season too with 281 runs so far. J Koushik, Shijit Chandran, and A Sarath Raj have played vital cameos to help their team build partnerships.
Their batting unit depends heavily on the performance of Arun Karthik and they struggle if he gets out early. Kiran Akash is the joint highest wicket-taker this season with 14 scalps. He played a memorable cameo and had brilliant match figures of 4-0-23-3 in the last match and was awarded the Man of the match too. Spinner Rahil Shah is bowling beautifully and is not giving away any easy runs in the middle overs. N Selvakumaran and R Mithun have chipped in good performances to help their bowling unit consistently.
VB Kanchi Veerans squeezed themselves into the top four after their win in their last league match. Skipper Baba Aparjith had a good all-round performance scoring a fifty and also bowling a good spell of 4-0-22-1. He is also their leading run-scorer this season. Suresh Lokeshwar, R Sathish, and Sanjay Yadav have played good knocks and are amongst the runs for their team.
Their batting has performed well this season. Bowling is their Achilles heel this season with no bowler in top 10 wicket-takers of this season. R Sathish has bowled well to take 7 wickets this season at an economy of below 6 RPO. R Silambarsan, R Suthesh, and NS Harish have bowled economical spells but need to take more wickets on a regular basis. They will look to improve their performance with the ball in this match.
Arun Karthik – Arun Karthik is the main batsmen of the Madurai team and his performance hugely tilts the match in their favor. He has scored 281 runs with one century and half-century to his name this season.
R Shah – Leggie Rahil Shah has taken 10 wickets so far this season at an economy of just 5 RPO. His ability to control the run flow puts huge pressure on the opposition batsmen. He is the most economical bowler this season.
Arun Karthik – 281 runs, Strike rate -146, 50s-1, 100s-1, HS – 106
Kiran Akash – 14 wickets, Economy – 6.7 RPO, BB – 3/16 – Leading wicket-taker
Arun Karthik, Rahil Shah, Jagatheesan Kousik, Abhishek Tanwar, Nilesh Subramanian (wk), Kiran Akash, Shijit Chandran (c), MS Promoth, R Mithun, A Sarath Raj, N Selva Kumaran
Sarath Raj A, Akash Surma, R Nilesh Subramanian, L Kiran Akash, Rahil Shah, Jagatheesan Kousik, Arun Karthik, N Selva Kumaran, Shijit Chandran, Abhishek Tanwar, R Mithun
R Sathish – R Sathish has come up good impactful performances with both bat and ball this season. He has scored 161 runs at a strike rate of 183 and has taken 7 wickets at an economy of below 6 RPO.
S Lokeshwar – Lokeshwar has played a good innings whenever he has batted. He has two fifties and a 40+ score in 5 times he batted so far. He will play the role of anchor for Madurai team.
B Aparjith – 229 runs, Strike rate -115, 50s-2, HS – 76*
G Thamarai – 8 wickets, Economy – 10 RPO, BB – 3/40
K Vishal Vaidhya, Suresh Lokeshwar (wk), Baba Aparajith (c), Sanjay Yadav, P Francis Rokins, Rajagopal Sathish, NS Harish, P Sugendhran, R Silambarasan, Rangaraj Suthesh, Aushik Srinivas
K Vishal Vaidhya, R Sanjay Yadav, B Aparajith, R Silambarasan, Rangaraj Suthesh, Rajagopal Sathish, S Lokeshwar, P Francis Rokins, RS Mokit Hariharan, Aushik Srinivas, NS Harish
Tirunelveli Pitch is getting slower and batsmen are struggling to score runs easily due to used pitch. The highest target set in the last four league matches here is 134 runs. And the teams batting second have crossed 100-run mark only once in four matches. The weather looks clear and sunny with just 10% chances of rain as per forecast.
Generally, teams will look to bat first and put a good score on board in big matches and the slower nature of pitch will further favor the team batting first.
Madurai Panthers looks stronger than VB Kanchi Veerans in terms of form, momentum and players experience, etc. But, this is a knockout match and the best team on that day will win the match. We expect Madurai Panthers to win this match and move ahead in their title defense.
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