Karaikudi Kaalai vs Madurai Panthers, 26th Match Prediction2019-08-09
Indian Cement Company Ground, Tirunelveli
Man of the Match: Rahil Shah
?Karaikudi Kaalai won only 1 out of their 6 games. They are already knocked out of the ongoing season.
?Madurai Panthers won 4 out of their 6 games in the ongoing tournament. They are currently at third place in the point table with 8 points.
?Madurai Panthers are the defending champion.
?KB Arun Karthik, player of Madurai Panthers is in sensational form scored 281 runs from 6 innings.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: Madurai Panthers to win this match.
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Karaikudi Kaalai will face defending champions Siechem Madurai Panthers in the 26th match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019 at the Indian Cement Company Ground, Tirunelveli. The competition is getting quite intense as we head into the final few games of the league stages of TNPL 2019. While most of the teams are fighting out for one of the top-four spots, the Karaikudi Kaalai is already knocked out. The side has had a disastrous season this year and it has been an absolute nightmare for them. After winning the opening game in super over, the side has five defeat in a row. On a few occasions, it was the batting that let them down. The remaining times, the bowling performance didn’t help. Nevertheless, they would be aiming for the win to end their season four campaign on high.
On the contrary, the defending champion had a very successful season so far, won 4 out of their earlier 6 games. With 8 points and better NRR, they are practically for sure in the playoffs. However, they would be aiming for a win in their last league round game versus to hope for the place in the top two in the point table. in the previous game, Madurai Panthers defeated formidable Chepauk Super GIlies by 33 runs. It was collective batting effort in the first inning to put 172 on board. Later bowling unit did a remarkable job to defend the score. The 2018 TNPL champion, Madurai Panthers would be looking to put clinical performance versus the potentially weaker Karaikudi Kaalai side and win it by a big margin.
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Karaikudi Kaalai had a very disappointing fourth season of TNPL. They lost 5 games in a row. In the earlier few games, they had chances but they did not latch on to it and paid a heavy price.
In bating, Skipper Srikkanth Anirudha has been the lone warrior in the side. He scored 197 runs from 6 innings at an average of 32.83. But there was no support from other ends right through the season. with just 97 runs, M Shajan has been the second-best batsman in the team. It truly justifies the failure of the batting unit and indeed the main cause for the team’s failure this season. Nevertheless, Karaikudi Kaalai would look to put a clinical performance in the last game and get second win of the season.
Bowling unit consists of R Rajkumar, Sunil Sam and S Prasath were very ordinary so far this season. Not a single bowlers look in a good rhythm. Though S Sam picked 7 wickets, he went for 8+ runs per over. It will be the final opportunity for the bowling unit to put-up the clinical show and win the game for the side.
Yo Mahesh, Sunil Sam, Maan Bafna, Ashwin Balaji, V Aditya, M Shajahan, Ashwath Mukumthan, RD Ashwin Kumar, S Mohan Prasath, S Ganesh, S Anirudha
V Aditya, Srikkanth Anirudha (c), Rajhamany Srinivasan, Maan Bafna, Dinesh Karthik (wk), S Swaminathan, R Rajkumar, Velidi Lakshman, Sunil Sam, M Shajahan, S Mohan Prasath.
After losing a couple of initial games, Madurai Panthers did a remarkable job to back in the hunt. With 8 points, they would be very confident and positive about their playoffs birth.
In batting, Madurai Panther's success so far evolved around the senior member, KB Arun Karthik. Currently is the leading run-scorer for the side, scored 281 runs from 6 games which also include one 100+ knock. He has been the vital cog in the batting unit and a big match-winner for the side. He will be keen to replicate the similar performances like he did last year in the big games. However, other top-order batsmen AS Raj, A Giridhar and R Mitun also need to step up and contribute with some decent knock. The middle-order batsmen would like to get some big inning under their belt to get the confidence back before the playoffs.
On the bowling front, L Kiran Akash has been the standout bowler for the side, picked 11 wickets from 6 games. For his excellent spell in last game, he was awarded man of the match. AB Tanwar Kumaran was brilliant in last game, he picked three crucial wickets and helped the team to defend the score. Bowling unit would be keen to carry on the good form.
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
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
The track at Tirunelveli seems to be an extremely good one to bat on. The ball comes on nicely and the pitch assists stroke-makers. Average first inning score this season is 168
In the last three matches that have been played in Tirunelveli, all three were won by the team batting second. Also, in yesterdays match at the same venue, the chasing team won the score very comfortably. The recent records are in favor of chasing team. We anticipate the team winning toss will look to bowl first.
Unlikewise the opponent, Madurai Panthers will be coming to this game high on confidence following their three successive wins. The team got a good bunch of young talented and experienced player in the side. In Madurai Panthers batting unit, KB Arun Karthik is scoring heavily, he is currently the second-highest run-scorer this season. Hence, the last year TNPL champion Madurai Panthers is the outright favourite to win this game. We predict Madurai Panther will win this match.
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