Madurai Panthers enter the 2023 season with renewed vigor and zeal. They had a successful 2022 season, qualifying in the top four, but were unable to advance to the competition’s finals. They’ll want to do better this year and get their hands on the silverware.
Similarly, Nellai Royal Kings had a fantastic season in the 2022 TNPL, finishing as table toppers. They, too, failed to make the finals after losing both of their qualifier matches back to back, effectively ending their good run.
The 3rd Match between Siechem Madurai Panthers vs Nellai Royal Kings will take place on June 14th, 2023 at SNR College Cricket Ground, Coimbatore.
Match Details to Note
Match: Siechem Madurai Panthers vs Nellai Royal Kings, 3rd Match, Tamil Nadu Premier League 2023
Date: June 14, 2023 (Wednesday)
Time: 3:10 PM IST
Venue: SNR College Cricket Ground, Coimbatore
Siechem Madurai Panthers
Madurai Panthers finished their previous season by losing their eliminator match by 20 runs. In that match, they batted first and only needed 126 runs to win. Arun Karthik was the only batsman to score runs while everyone else failed. He was unbeaten after scoring 47 runs. In the end, the target of 127 proved to be too low.
The Madurai bowlers gave it their all, but the target was too low to defend. The opposition batsmen won the rain-affected match while the bowlers failed to take a single wicket. The Madurai Panthers are hoping to improve on their previous season and will leave no stone unturned.
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Players to watch out for:
The 28 year old is a match winner with both the bat and the ball. His batting has improved over the last 24 months.
The Indian international’s 2023 IPL season was cut short due to injury, but in his final appearance, he hit 24 not out and took 3-28.
In three games last year, the left-arm pace bowler took five wickets. Right-handed batters will always struggle with his bowling angle.
Possible Playing XI:
Washington Sundar, M Ashwin, C Hari Nishaanth, J Koushik, V Aaditya, Ajay Krishna, Shijit Chandran, Anton A Subikshan, D Sudhan, Balu Surya, V Gowtham
Nellai Royal Kings
Last year, Nellai Royal Kings lost back-to-back qualifier matches, capping off an otherwise successful season. In a nail-biting encounter, they lost their previous match by two wickets. They scored 208 runs while batting first. Many of the top order batsmen contributed, but the top batters were Baba Aparajith (44 runs) and Sanjay Yadav (55 runs).
As the opposition batsmen chased down the total in the final ball of the match, the bowlers went for runs. Karthick Manikandan was the team’s leading wicket taker, with three. Baba Aparajith and K Easwaran both took two wickets in the match.
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Players to watch out for:
The 20-year-old right-hander has been in superb form across all formats. In this match, he will look to take the attack to the Panthers.
The all-rounder has the ability to change the course of this game in either innings. Last year, however, it was his bowling that stood out the most.
The 18-year-old leg-spinner took six wickets in two tournament appearances last year and will be a threat in this match.
Possible Playing XI:
Arun Karthik (wk), Sandeep Warrier, Adithya Arun, Guruswamy Ajitesh, Sonu Yadav, Aswin Crist, Sri Neranjan, L Suryaprakash, J Rohan, Emmanuel Cherian, Karthick Manikandan, R Mithun
Siechem Madurai Panthers vs Nellai Royal Kings Batsmen Worth Watching
With the bat, we like Hari Nishaanth, S Karthik, and Jagatheesan Kousik for Madurai Panthers. Nishaanth has three half-centuries in this format, including a best of 92 not out. Karthik is a seasoned batter in all formats.
Nellai Royal Kings’ batsmen are Laxmesha Suryaprakash, Guruswamy Ajitesh, and Arun Karthik. Karthik, 37, has six half-centuries to his name in his T20 career. Suryaprakash scored in double figures in all but one of his eight games last year.
Siechem Madurai Panthers vs Nellai Royal Kings Bowlers Worth Watching
Our bowling recommendations for Madurai Panthers are Washington Sundar, V Aaditya, and V Gowtham. Aaditya, the off-spinner, will get turn from this pitch and cause problems for the batters. Sundar has 93 T20 wickets to his name.
S Mohan Prasath, NS Harish, and Karthik Manikandan are our picks with the ball for Nellai Royal Kings. Last year, Manikanda defeated some big names in his last T20 appearance at this venue. Mohan Prasath finished last year’s tournament with figures of 3-11, 2-15, and 2-19 in four games.
Siechem Madurai Panthers vs Nellai Royal Kings Head to Head
The Panthers have won just one of the last four meetings between the two teams. Last year, Nellai Royal Kings won by 26 runs in Match 10.
Siechem Madurai Panthers vs Nellai Royal Kings Head to Head Stats in T20s
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Siechem Madurai Panthers vs Nellai Royal Kings Toss Prediction
If one team wins the toss, it is logical to bat first. Anything between 160 and 170 runs could pose a significant challenge here.
Siechem Madurai Panthers vs Nellai Royal Kings Pitch Report
The match between Madurai Panthers and Nellai Royal Kings will take place at Coimbatore’s SNR college ground.
Spinners have always thrived on this pitch, making it difficult for batsmen to bat on. Batters will need to be patient and restrained before attempting big hits. During the match, temperatures will reach around 32 degrees Celsius. There is a 10% chance of rain during the match; otherwise, the skies will be clear for the duration.
Siechem Madurai Panthers vs Nellai Royal Kings Prediction
As this is the first match for both teams in this competition, predicting the winner will be difficult. However, we predict that Nellai Royal Kings will defeat Madurai in this match based on squad strength. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Nellai Royal Kings is the favourite to beat Siechem Madurai Panthers.
Siechem Madurai Panthers vs Nellai Royal Kings Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Guruswamy Ajitesh is a young right-handed batter who bats aggressively. He is our pick to be the Nellai Royal Kings’ leading run scorer on Wednesday.