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TNPL – ELIMINATOR – KARAIKUDI KAALAI VS LYCA KOVAI KINGS – FANTASY PREVIEW

Season II of Tamil Nadu Premier League reached the Play-off stage and hosts the eliminator match on Wednesday evening in Dindigul. The teams which finished at no. 3 and 4 in points table, Karaikudi Kaalai and Lyca Kovai Kings will fight to keep their chance alive in the knockout stage. Eliminator between Karaikudi Kaalai vs Lyca Kovai Kings is scheduled to start at 7:15 PM IST on Wednesday, 16th August 2017.

 

KARAIKUDI KAALAI :

Captain Subramaniam Badrinath and co. qualified for the play-offs by winning 4 out of 7 league matches and also with net run rate of +0.033. As Play-offs are knockout stage, Kaalai has to win all three knockout matches to win the title this year. For that, Kaalai should show complete team performances in this eliminator game against Lyca Kovai Kings, if they fails will go home with lot of disappointments. The best part of Karaikudi Kaalai is the opening partnership between Anirudha Srikkanth and Vishal Vaidhya. Both the openers are in good form throughout league stages. Srikkanth Anirudha missed out 2 matches in between but he batted so well in other 5 innings that he batted. He scored 208 runs with three half-centuries and he scores at good strike rate. Vishal Vaidhya also played good cricket this season and scored 177 runs in 6 innings. He scored 40 runs off just 19 balls against Trichy Warriors in the last league match. These two deserves a place in fantasy teams.

The most experienced player in the side, captain Badrinath’s failures with bat continues, he scored only 112 runs in 7 innings during the league stages. He may overcome with those failures and delivers for his team in this crucial knockout game tonight. The middle-order batsman M Shajahan is one of the best performers of Kaalai this year. He scored 184 runs in 7 innings, he is yet to score an half-century but played crucial knocks for Kaalai every time. Finally the out-of-form Rajhamany Srinivasan was dropped in the last game. V Adithya played last two games, he is yet to score big but will get his chance once again on Wednesday. The veteran all rounder Chandrasekar Ganapathy plays some good hands with bat in end overs. But he concedes so many runs with a bowl every time. Wicket keeper Lokeshwar bats in the lower middle-order to strengthen the batting in slog overs. The left-arm spinner Mohan Prasath plays huge role for Kaalai. He claimed 8 wickets in 7 matches, but bowls well quality spells all the time. He deserves a place in your fantasy teams. Rajkumar started the season so well, but he didn’t pick much of wickets in last few games. Hopefully, he will claim crucial breakthroughs in this game. Sunil Sam and Sonu Yadav bowled too expensive spells in the last game. Either one of them might make a way for Suresh Babu who bowls economical spells often.

 

LYCA KOVAI KINGS :

Back-to-back wins in end of league stage booked a seat in play-offs for Lyca Kovai Kings. The captain Murali Vijay was back in the side at the right time and that gives lots of positivity to the team. Two matches of Kovai Kings was abandoned due to rain and that almost shut Kings Playoff possibilities. But two crucial victories in the end brought them to knock out stage for second straight seasons. Murali Vijay who was sidelined last 5 months due to shoulder injuries, back in Kovai Kings side. He made a mark straight away with 69 runs off 44 balls against Veerans. He dismissed for 0 in the last game, but he remains key and impact player of the side in this crucial knock out game. Aniruth Sita Ram moved down to no. 3 in the batting order after the arrival of Vijay. Sita Ram has won two consecutive man of the match awards for his amazing knocks in last two matches. He is in stunning form right now, keep him in your teams. Another in-form opener L  Suryaprakash will play key role in this eliminator. He dismissed for single digit score in mid of the tournament, but he came back nicely and scored quick 30 runs in the last game. He also played match winning knocks early in the season, keep him in your fantasy lineups.

The middle-order batsman Akshay Srinivasan continues to bat well with his quick scoring techniques. He got an opportunities in last 3 matches and justified his selection with scores of 52, 38 and 34* respectively. He is expected to play another important knock in this clash against Kaalai. Wicket keeper Ravi Kumar Rohith is also in the side to strengthen the middle-order batting. All rounder Harish Kumar has huge role to play today. He struggled a lot with both bat and bowl, but somehow found his form back in the last game. He picked 4 for 24 in the last league match on Monday. He remains as an impact player. MK Sivakumar has played only 2 matches this year, he has some chances to be in the XI on Wednesday. Syed Mohammad not played last few matches, he also has a chance to be back in the side for this crucial encounter. Ajith Ram gone expensive in the last game. He claimed only 4 wickets in 5 innings, that may make him to sit out for this game. K Vignesh continues to shine with a ball, he picked 7 wickets in 5 matches and also bowled well economical spells. He deserves a place in all fantasy lineups. The off-spinner B Arun also contributed well for the team in last few matches with his economical cum wicket taking spells. He also has chances to turn the match on his team’s favor on Wednesday night.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

KARAIKUDI KAALAI :

  • Srikkanth Anirudha
  • S Badrinath
  • Vishal Vaidhya
  • M Shajahan
  • Rajkumar
  • Mohan Prasath
  • Sunil Sam

 

LYCA KOVAI KINGS :

  • Anirudh Sita Ram
  • Murali Vijay
  • L Suryaprakash
  • Akshay Srinivasan
  • Harish Kumar
  • K Vignesh
  • B Arun

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

KARAIKUDAI KAALAI :

1. Srikkanth Anirudha, 2. Vishal Vaidhya, 3. S Badrinath, 4. V Aditya, 5. M Shajahan, 6. S Lokeshwar, 7. Chandrasekar Ganapathy, 8. Rajkumar, 9. Sonu Yadav / Suresh Babu, 10. Mohan Prasath, 11. Sunil Sam.

 

LYCA KOVAI KINGS :

1. Murali Vijay, 2. L Suryaprakash, 3. A Sita Ram, 4. Ravi Kumar Rohith, 5. Akshay Srinivasan, 6. Harish Kumar, 7. Syed Mohammad / Ajith Ram, 8. MK Sivakumar / Thamarai Kannan, 9. M Mohammed, 10. K Vignesh, 11. B Arun.

 

 

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