We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Madurai vs Kovai, Eliminator Match at Salem
In the last three games at Salem, an average of 9.3 wickets have fallen in the second innings. Scoring runs becomes a tough task as the game progresses. The highest successful chase is 114 in seven matches.
Probable Teams for Madurai & Kovai
Probable XI for Madurai: Arun Karthik, V Aaditya, Balchander Anirudh, NS Chaturved (c), Rithik Easwaran (wk), Jagatheesan Kousik, Sunny Sandhu, P Saravanan, Kiran Akash, Varun Chakaravarthy, R Mithun
Probable XI for Kovai: Ganga Sridhar Raju, J Suresh Kumar (wk), Sai Sudharsan, Shahrukh Khan (c), Shijit Chandran, U Mukilesh, Abhishek Tanwar, Balu Surya, S Ajith Ram, R Divakar, Manish Ravi
Power Players for the Match
This season, Suresh Kumar has been so consistent that his six of seven scores are above 30 runs – of which three are fifties. His overall numbers read 352 runs at a strike rate of 164, hitting as many as 15 sixes.
With 246 runs at a strike rate of 137, Arun Karthik is the highest run-scorer for Madurai. He has produced bonus fantasy points for three thirties and a hundred.
Ever since his duck against Madurai, Sai Sudarshan’s scores read 56*, 27, 27, 68*, and 35. He has been phenomenal at No. 3 as he was for Gujarat in the Indian T20 League.
Smart Picks for the Match
The top two wicket-takers of the league will lock horns tonight: Abhishek Tanwar (13) and Kiran Akash (12). While Tanwar has taken three three-wicket hauls, Akash has gone wicketless only once in six games.
Shahrukh Khan has only one significant innings of 51*, but he has made amends with the ball. Interestingly, his best figures of 4 for 14 have come against Madurai. Overall, he has taken 10 wickets at a strike rate of 11.
In the league game between these teams, NS Chaturved singlehandedly took his team over the line. He smashed 75 off 45 including four fours and six sixes in a chase of 152 runs, in conditions challenging for the batters.
R Silambarasan is employed as a strike bowler, being used in the powerplay, middle overs, and death. The result of this strategy was the best figures of 3 for 28 (against Kovai) and 4 for 22. More importantly, despite bowling in different stages of the game, his economy reads 7 RPO.
U Mukilesh’s only fifty of the edition came against Madurai. Kovai’s top order has been so stunning that Mukilesh has not got enough chances to boast his batting skills.
Varun Chakravarthy has picked eight wickets in six games, including three two-wicket hauls. Barring the game against Nellai, he has been economical.
Madurai vs Kovai, Eliminator Match Preview
The previous game between these teams ended up in a last-over thriller. Madurai chased down 152 runs with one ball to spare and two wickets in hand. Both teams have a strong bowling setup, but Kovai’s batting keeps them ahead in the race.
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Time: July 26, 7:15 PM IST