SMS vs LKK Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Jun 27, 2023
In the 19th game of the TNPL tournament for the 2023 season, Salem Spartans will go up against LKK or Lyca Kovai Kings in Salem later today. Just before the match let's look at the betting tips, pitch and weather reports, and match prediction for this contest. This game will be played at the Salem Cricket Foundation Stadium. The Salem Spartans have won just a single match so far in the competition while Kovai Kings are sitting on top of the table having secured 4 wins from 5 games.
The Salem Spartans lost their last game easily to Siechem Madurai Panthers. The Panthers had not won any games in the competition before this victory. The opposition for Salem Spartans in this match is a lot stronger than SMP. The Lyca Kovai Kings have so far played the most consistent and top-quality cricket so far in the TNPL. This team is going into this match with the highest points in the points table and also the best net run rate in the competition. They will be keen to add another victory to their season's campaign this year.
Salem Spartans vs Lyca Kovai Kings Head-To-Head
The Salem Spartans have played 6 games against Lyca Kovai Kings in the Tamil Nadu Premier League competition. Surprisingly Salem Spartans have won 3 out of these 6 games and Lyca Kovai Kings have won 2. One of these games ended with no result. These two sides are colliding for the first time in the 2023 season. The last time these teams played against each other was back in July 2022. The Lyca Kovai Kings won that encounter by 8 wickets. This game was played at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul.
Salem Spartans vs Lyca Kovai Kings Live Streaming and Broadcast
Indian cricket enthusiasts can view this match between Salem and Lyca live on Star Sports Network if they intend to watch the game on TV. This contest will be available on Star Sports 1 Tamil and Star Sports 3 channels. Viewers can also see the live streaming of this game on the FanCode app.
SMS vs LKK Team Previews
This match is a do-or-die game for the Salem Spartans team led by Abhishek Tanwar. They are going into this game with a big 7-wicket loss against Siechem Madurai Panthers. The game saw a terrible batting performance for the Salem Spartans as they were bowled out for a small total of 98 runs in this match. Abhishek Tanwar will be expecting a much-improved performance from his players in this all-important match. The opening ball bowlers Akash Sumra and Amit Sathvik will have to deliver the goods with the new balls and place their team in an advantageous position.
Maan Bafna, S Abhishek, and Kaushik Gandhi are all good players but they have to contribute heavily to the Salem middle order. The team management will also be hoping for a good show from the Salem lower middle order from the likes of Adnan Khan, Gowri Sankar, and Tanwar himself. Tanwar is also an experienced bowler in the T20 format. He will be looking for early wickets together with Sunny Sandhu. Other bowlers such as Rajendran Karthikeyan and Akash Sumra have not done too well with the ball.
The Salem Spartans team will need a good performance from all their bowlers. Even bowlers such as M Ganesh Moorthi and Sachin Rathi will need to bowl well and to a plan. The wicket-keeper batsman for Salem is Amit Sathvik who bowled well in the game. He was able to make the highest number of runs for Salem Spartans in their last encounter. The all-rounder Sunny Sandhu will also have to contribute with the bat. He did look good for a while in the last game but failed to convert the start into a big score.
Salem Spartans Playing 11
Kaushik Gandhi, Abhishek Tanwar, Akash Sumra, Maan Bafna, Sunny Sandhu, S Abishiek, Muhammed Adnan Khan, V P Amith Sathvik, Sachin Rathi, M Ganesh Moorthi, Rajendran Karthikeyan.
Lyca Kovai Kings
The Lyca Kovai Kings team is going into this contest with 3 victories in a row earlier in the tournament. They beat Dindigul Dragons by a margin of 59 runs in their last encounter and as a result, are sitting pretty on top of the TNPL points table. A win here will get them close to a berth in the next round of the TNPL. The Lyca team will need a good start from players such as Suresh Kumar and S Sujay who did a good job in their last matches. The main man for<br /> Lyca Kocai Kings has been Sai Sudarshan though. He has been in a stupendous form of late.
Sai Sudarshan will take charge of the middle order with the likes of U Mukilesh and Ram Arvindh. Batters such as M Mohammed and Shahrukh Khan add more substance to the Lyca batting lineup. As a result, there is good depth to the Lyca batting order. The bowlers that did a good job for Lyca in their last match are Manimaran Siddharth and Thamarai Kannan. The Lyca team will be expecting quick wickets from these bowlers again as the Spartans batters struggle with movement. Other bowlers such as Valliappan Yudheeswaran gave away far too many runs in the middle overs.
Manimaran Siddharth made a slow start to the competition however, he has succeeded in picking up 5 wickets in his last two appearances for LKK. The 29-year-old medium-fast bowler Gowtham Thamarai Kannan just bowled 19 balls in the last match however, he proved to be the main threat to the opposition in this contest. The Lyca Kovai Kings team is in top form at the moment and win in the contest will take them to their 4th victory in the TNPL 2023. If Sai Sudarshan continues on his merry ways this possibility is very much on the cards.
Lyca Kovai Kings Playing 11
Suresh Kumar, S Sujay, Sai Sudharsan, Ram Arvindh, U Mukilesh, Shahrukh Khan, M Mohammed, Manimaran Siddharth, Valliappan Yudheeswaran, Atheeq Ur Rahman, Jhatavedh Subramanyan.
SMS vs LKK Toss Prediction
If you look at the past matches played on this track you will find that big scores have been chased at the venue. It is a good wicket to bat on and will remain true throughout the contest. Any team that wins the toss in this encounter will look to bowl first and look to dismiss the opposition for a below-par total. It might be a better idea to chase a target under lights at this venue.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The SCF Cricket Ground in Salem is a small part that has a quick outfield. The pitch on this ground is pretty flat. Most batters will enjoy the conditions and will find it easier to score runs here than on other surfaces. There are not many expectations from speedsters on this track. However, spinners might do better and have a good record on this track. Most spinners will get some assistance from the wicket.
It is expected that we will get clear skies in Salem later today. You can expect humid and warm conditions during the game. The pitch as described earlier is a flat one and will also remain hard as these are the early stages of the competition here. Batters will find it easy to play their shots on this track. Any side that bats first will be looking to achieve a score of 200 runs on this wicket.
SMS vs LKK Betting Tips
This is going to be a tough and high-pressure match for Salem Spartans. They will need to win the match to remain in contention for a place in the playoffs. Most of their top batters have failed to do well and the team is going to need a terrific showing from these batsmen. Kovai Kings are in top form at the moment and this makes them a strong favorite to win the match. We will bet with LKK to win this encounter.
Bonus Cricket Bets
Many people will argue that Sai Sudarshan is due for a failure but you cannot bet against him as he is in awesome form at the moment.
The Lyca batting lineup is in great nick at the moment. You can bet on them to get off to a flying start and score more than 78 runs in their first 10 overs.
This top-order batsman is in great form. You can expect him to score a half-century in this contest.