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TNPL 2019, Match18- LKK Vs MP, Preview: Panthers Ready To Take Down The Kings

In the first match of the exciting double-header Friday of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2019 edition, Lyca Kovai Kings (LKK) will be clashing against the Madurai Panthers (MP) at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results unfold in their respective previous outings. Defending champions Siechem Madurai Panthers got back on track last time out when they beat Ruby Trichy Warriors in a super over, after both teams posted 142/6.

Lyca Kovai Kings, who the Panthers beat in the final qualifier last season, have won two and lost two - they posted just 115/9 on their way to a heavy nine-wicket loss last time out. Wicket-keeper-batsman Arun Karthik was the Panthers’ hero in last year's win against the Kovai Kings and he top-scored last time out to return to form too.

Head to Head Battle

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Lyca Kovai Kings likely Playing XI

After bowling just one over in the previous game, S Manigandan missed out last time out – replaced by M Suresh Babu. He could return this time out, however, as Lyca Kovai Kings look to get back to winning ways. Abhinav Mukund, Lyca Kovai Kings had little to shout about last time out, but the captain – who has a high score of 70 not out, was one of few not to throw his wicket away as he hung around for a stubborn 22 at the top of the order.

Antony Dhas is Lyca Kovai Kings’ top run scorer so far, with 99 runs scored at a strike rate of 202.04. The all-rounder has also taken five wickets from the 12 overs he has bowled. Thangarasu Natarajan is the Kovai Kings’ leading wicket-taker with six from 14 overs, four of which came in the win against Ruby Trichy Warriors – their most recent triumph.

Probable XI: M Shahrukh Khan, Abhinav Mukund (c), Malolan Rangarajan, Anirudh Sita Ram, Ranjan Paul (wk), Antony Dhas, Akkil Srinaath, Ajith Ram, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, Thangarasu Natarajan, S Manigandan.

Madurai Panthers likely Playing XI

Panthers may stick with the team that beat Ruby Trichy Warriors, having been keen to tweak their options in previous games in a bid to get their first win. KB Arun Karthik was the hero the last time these teams met, he has scored 65*, 24, 1 and 46 so far and has also taken over wicket-keeping duties in the last two matches too.

L Kiran Akash now has eight wickets in his first four matches, having taken 2-33 last time out. Rahil Shah led the bowling last time out with 2-17 from four overs. He now has six wickets from four games and an economy rate of less than a run a ball too.

Probable XI: Arun Karthik (wk), Sarath Raj, Shijit Chandran (c), Jagatheesan Kousik, Adhitya Giridhar, SS Karnavar, Abhishek Tanwar, R Mithun, Kiran Akash, Selva Kumaran, Rahil Shah.

Match Timings- 3:15 pm IST and local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 3, Star Sports 3 HD.

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