We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Kovai vs Tiruppur Pitch Report
The average first and second innings scores this season at the SNR Cricket College in Coimbatore read 144 and 132 respectively. Three of five contests have been won by the teams chasing, often unfolding in an even battle between the bat and ball.
Kovai vs Tiruppur Probable XIs
Probable XI for Kovai: Ashwin Venkataraman, J Suresh Kumar (wk), Sai Sudharsan, Shijit Chandran, U Mukilesh, Shahrukh Khan (c), Abhishek Tanwar, Balu Surya, R Divakar, S Ajith Ram, N Selva Kumaran
Probable XI for Tiruppur: Srikkanth Anirudha (c), S Aravind, Subramanian Anand, Maan Bafna, P Francis Rokins, Tushar Raheja (wk), R Rajkumar, M Mohammed, Aswin Crist, S Mohan Prasath, S Manigandan
Power Players for the Match
With 194 runs at an average of 39, Suresh Kumar is the third-highest run-scorer of the series. He has collected a half-century bonus once and a 30-run bonus thrice in five games. To add more to his glory, his strike rate reads 159 this season.
Abhishek Tanwar is the highest wicket-taker in the competition. His 11 scalps have come at an incredible average of 9. He has picked three three-fors in four games. Talk about consistency!
Shahrukh Khan has been impactful with either bat or ball. When he could not contribute with the bat, he made amends with the ball and vice-versa. He has a fifty and a four-wicket haul to his name. Before this season, he had pouched only two wickets in T20 cricket.
Smart Picks for the Match
Sai Sudarshan, after the duck in the first game, has been on a rampage. His scores thereafter read 56*, 27, and 27, although the strike rate of 109 can be worked on.
Consistently losing wickets at the other end has restricted Maan Bafna from launching counterattacks. He has scored at a rate of a run of a ball, but the knocks of 21, 37, and 29* have been at least keeping the fantasy players in the hunt.
M Mohammad has taken the bulk of the wickets for Tiruppur: 6 wickets at 20. In addition to his wicket-taking ability, he has been busy in the field. He has provided fantasy points for grabbing four catches, the second-most in the team, only after the wicketkeeper Tushar Raheja who has taken six catches behind the wickets.
Aswin Crist has gone wicketless only once in four encounters, taking 5 scalps in 4 games. However, being used as a strike bowler, he is more likely to prove a touch expensive.
Mohan Prasath registered the best bowling figures for Tiruppur in the last game. He finished with 3 for 11 in 4 overs – of which 2 wickets came at the death.
Kovai vs Tiruppur Match Preview
Both teams have won two games each, but Kovai has played five games compared to Tiruppur’s four. As far as momentum is concerned, Kovai have won two of their last three games and seemed to have found the right combinations. Tiruppur, on the other hand, have failed to put up collective performances.
Time: July 16, 3:15 PM IST