LYC vs MAD Dream11 Team : Clubbed next to each other with the same number of wins and defeats, Kings and Madurai Panthers faceoff to decide fourth place
With us hitting the halfway mark in TNPL 4, the league table has started shaping up pretty nicely. The competition for the top 4 spots is clearly evident with teams partaking in arduous and sticky matches as they look to propel themselves into the coveted spots.
And two sides who find themselves on the brink of consolidating a top 4 spot in their favour are today’s opponents, Madurai Panthers and Lyca Kovai Kings. Currently placed right next to each other in the league standings after having tasted the same successes and failures, either side heads out to today’s afternoon encounter looking to record its third win of the season and put some much needed distance between themselves and the side below fourth place.
Madurai Panthers come into the match having won an intriguing super over against Ruby, a match which saw the score end at 142 each with both the sides needed the decider to separate each other. The win helped stem a horrid run of two straight defeats for Madura Panthers, a much needed win which will buoy them ahead of their pivotal match today.
Elsewhere the story was different for the Kings after they were stunningly bundled out for 155 by Gilles, a torrid batting performance which saw their winning spree be curtailed. It only goes onto add to the excitement of today’s encounter with both these sides having shown enough sings of both strength and weakness in their stay in the fourth edition of the league till now.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
If batting has been tricky in the evening encounters, it’s only going to go on and add get worse in the afternoon ones. With an average score of only 156 for the side batting first, this pitch is going to break down massively in the second part. Setting a total is the way to go on this surface with the side batting first having seen the majority of the encounters turn their way.
Probable Playing 11
Lyca Kovai Kings
Abhinav Mukund (c), Malolan Rangarajan, T Natarajan, Shahrukh Khan, Antony, S Ajith Ram, B Anirudh Sita Ram, Akkil Srinaath, Suresh Babu, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, Pradosh Ranjan Paul (wk)
Arun Karthik (wk), Rahil Shah, Jagatheesan Kousik, Abhishek Tanwar, Adhithya Giridhar, Kiran Akash, Shijit Chandran (c), SS Karnavar, R, A Sarath Raj, N Selva Kumaran
As far as picking out a winner for this encounter goes, we’ll be favouring the Kings for this one due to their batting heavy line-up. The unit is filled with some exceptional names, batsmen who can see off the new ball at the top of the order coupled with clean hitters of the ball lower down who can come out and capitalise in the death overs.
And with Madurai Panthers having struggled to put on big scores, the Kings hold a massive advantage here, one which should see them seal the two points on the day.
Tamil Nadu Premier League
Match: Lyca Kovai Kings vs Madurai Panthers
Date And Time: 2nd August, Friday- 3:15pm IST
Venue: NPR College Ground, Dindigul
Where To Watch: Star Sports 3/HD
Lyca Kovai Kings
- Abhinav Mukund , Shahrukh Khan, S Ajith Ram, B Anirudh Sita Ram, , Krishnamoorthy Vignesh
- Arun Karthik (wk), Rahil Shah, Jagatheesan Kousik, Abhishek Tanwar, Shijit Chandran (c), SS Karnavar, R Mithun, A Sarath Raj, N Selva Kumaran
Dream 11 Picks
Wicket-Keepers for LYC vs MAD Dream11 Team
He didn’t play in the previous encounter but given his innate skill set and Madurai Panthers’ need to put on a big score today, Tushar Raheja could make a way back into his side’s playing 11. If he does play, he’s someone who could make for an excellent pick and we are going to pick him up in our outfit.
Batsmen for LYC vs MAD Dream11 Team
The team’s top scorers in TNPL 2018 with 325 and 256 runs respectively, Abhinav Mukund and Shahrukh Khan in the opening slot ensured the side always came up with good runs. It became a quissential reason for the side winning their first ever title and the two players waning form this time around ahs cost the side massive runs.
However, they managed to score 70 and 40 respectively in the first match and we’ll be sticking by with them for this one. With scores of 32, 36 and 18 in his last three matches, lower middle-order bat, Akkil Srinaath is our pick over here in lieu of his ability to come out and hit the ball to the fence in the closing overs.
From Madurai Panthers we are getting in their top scorer, Arun Karthik for this match. He’s scored in the opening match and came up with a good innings the last time as well and if his side are to put on runs, he’ll need to contribute in the opening slot.
All-Rounders for LYC vs MAD Dream11 Team
He’s not had the best of campaigns, especially with the ball but his batting position and bowling role see us pick up Malolan Rangarajan. He can come out and score some quick runs along with bowling a brand of spin which can easily perturb the Kings’ batting order especially in these conditions.
On the other hand, we have two players come in from Madurai Panthers as we start compensating for the batting and bowling positions from the side. Both Rahil Shah and Jagatheesan Kousik have been selected by us with Kousik being someone who could give us good points today. He has scored 22 and 35 in his last two matches and gets good overs with the ball as well, making him an ideal player to pick up.
Bowling Order for LYC vs MAD Dream11 Team
With 8 wickets till now, Kiran Akash has been his side’s leading wicket taker. And he’ll need to pick up wickets at regular intervals today as well given how lower down till Madurai Panthers bat. Meanwhile we have the two players be opted for from the Kings given the dwindling nature of Madurai Panthers batting unit.
With 11 wickets in the last season, T Natarajan is one of the main pace bowlers for the Kings and he comes in for us along with Krishnamoorthy Vignesh.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We are going ahead with Karthik as our side’s captain for this match while Abhinav Mukund is our vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.