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TNPL – MATCH 23 – LYCA KOVAI KINGS VS MADURAI SUPER GIANT – FANTASY PREVIEW

Lyca Kovai Kings meets Madurai Super Giant in 23rd league match of Tamil Nadu Premier League – Season II. Lyca Kovai Kings is at sixth in the points table after played 4 matches and their opponent in the game, Madurai Super Giant continue to be at bottom of the points table as they lost all 5 matches till now. Match 23 between Lyca Kovai Kings vs Madurai Super Giant scheduled to begin at 7:15 PM IST on Thursday, 10th August 2017.

 

LYCA KOVAI KINGS :

Kovai based franchise has 3 more matches to play and requires win in all of those matches to stay alive in the tournament. They were fourth team to qualify for semi-final last year, but struggles to come inside top 4 this year. Lyca Kovai Kings started the season with victory against Karaikudi Kaalai. Since that nothing were gone on their way. Kovai Kings lost 2 matches to Super Gillies and Tuti Patriots respectively and their match against Dindigul Dragons was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Batsmen provides some decent performances every time, but their bowling has to improve. The opening batsmen Suryaprakash and Sita Ram gives decent starts with useful knocks. Suryaprakash struck 113 runs in 3 innings with a highest score of 60. As Super Giant has weak bowling attack, chances are high for him to shine in this game. Sita Ram used to play well, but he has to show consistency in an upcoming fixtures. Pradosh Ranjan Paul wasted the opportunities which came in his way, that means he might misses out in the XI for this game. Manish Ravi has a chance to make his debut in TNPL by replacing Ranjan Paul.

The wicket keeping batsman Ravi Kumar Rohith was promoted to no. 4 in the last game and he responded with 22 runs off 19 balls. He played some useful knocks last year, hopefully would score more runs in this game. Captain of the team Syed Mohammad missed out in the last game. The bowling all-rounder played an useful hands with both bat and bowl. He claimed 4 wickets in 2 innings and also scored 43 runs. If he returns to the XI, he will replace out-of-form Deepan Lingesh. Akshay Srinivasan played his first match of the season against Patriots in the last game and he scored well made half-century straightaway. The middle-order batsman had poor season last year, but made an impression this time. He could possibly play another good knock in the game on Thursday. The power-hitting all rounder Harish Kumar finally scored runs for Kovai Kings in the last game. After dismissed for 2 ducks in a row, he scored 33 runs in just 16 balls in the last game. But, his bowling has to improve a lot. M Mohammed, the medium-pacer conceded lots of runs in first two games, but he bowled controlled spell in the last game. He is one of the impact player in the team and expecting him to play much better role in this game. The young K Vignesh also has to play key role in this fixture with his pace action. Left-arm spinner Ajith Ram struggles to bowl economical spells and picking wickets. He may make a way for Tarun Srinivas or MK Sivakumar. The off-spinner B Arun bowled well against Patriots and claimed 2 for 32 in 4 overs. He has chances to keep his place safe in the XI.

 

MADURAI SUPER GIANT :

Madurai Super Giant’s win less tally increased into 12 out of 12 matches in TNPL history. The team which lost all 7 league matches last year, lost another 5 consecutive matches in the on-going season. The win is still far away for Super Giant. They have improved their batting performances a lot in last 3 matches, but their poor bowling efforts makes their horrible losing record to continue. The most experienced batsman and the captain of the side, Arun Karthik found his form back and played as a back bone of Super Giant’s batting unit. Now he has three consecutive half-centuries under his belt in last 3 matches. He scored 79, 55 and 68* runs respectively and he scored those runs at an impressive strike rate. He deserves a place in each fantasy teams for this game. His opening partner Shijit Chandran scored 61 runs against Super Gillies few days ago. He dismissed for just 2 runs in the last game. He has ability to play big knock once again and that what expected from him on Thursday.

The wicket keeper Mani Bharathi was promoted at no. 3 on Wednesday night and he responded well with 67 runs off 36 balls. He smashed 6 fours and 5 sixes in that knock. That amazing innings will assure his place at no. 3. Shahrukh Khan’s awful batting run continued on Wednesday when he dismissed for golden duck. Chances are so high for Shahrukh to make a way for either Prashanth Prabhu or PS Sivaramakrishnan. The experienced all rounder Suresh Kumar is in a hurry to score runs in the middle-order. He manages to score only 84 runs in 4 innings that he batted. M Raja will play key role as a medium-pace bowler. He bowls useful spells in the power-play overs. DT Chandrasekar’s horrible spells continued in the last game when he gave away 33 runs in just 2.3 overs. He deserves to be sit out for this game by making a way for Muruganantham. Poiyamozhi also bowls expensive spells for Super Giant. Sivagnanam Senthilnathan has a chances to replace Poiyamozhi in the XI on Thursday.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

LYCA KOVAI KINGS :

  • L Suryaprakash
  • A Sita Ram
  • Akshay Srinivasan
  • Syed Mohammad
  • Harish Kumar
  • Ravi Kumar Rohith
  • K Vignesh

 

MADURAI SUPER GIANT :

  • Shijit Chandran
  • Arun Karthik
  • Mani Bharathi
  • Suresh Kumar
  • R Karthikeyan
  • M Raja
  • L Vignesh

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

LYCA KOVAI KINGS :

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

 

MADURAI SUPER GIANT :

1. Arun Karthik, 2. Shijit Chandran, 3. Mani Bharathi, 4. Shahrukh Khan / Prashanth Prabhu, 5. Suresh Kumar, 6. Murugan Ganesh, 7. L Vignesh, 8. M. Raja, 9. Poiyamozhi / Sivagnanam Senthilnathan, 10. R Karthikeyan, 11. DT Chandrasekar / Muruganantham.

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan
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