SMS vs MPS Match Preview
The Siecham Madurai Panthers outfit finished the last season in 3rd spot in the points table. They recorded 5 victories and had to endure a couple of losses in the process in their 7 matches. This year they are languishing near the bottom of the points table after having lost both their outings in the competition. In the couple of games, they have played so far, they have scored 126 and 123 runs from their quota of overs. These scores will not be sufficient as they had to award easy wins to their oppositions in both these matches.
Their opponent in this game is Salem Spartans who are currently ranked in 5th position in the points tally. They have also had to endure a couple of losses but they have succeeded in winning a match from their 3 outings. Salem has a good batting lineup with players that have done well in the competition. Kaushik Gandhi has led the batting charge for Salem Spartans with 126 runs from 3 games at an average of 63. The bowling charge for Salem is in hands of Abhishek Tanwar. He has picked up 6 scalps from 3 matches.
You can expect the SMP bowlers to try and dominate the Salem batters in this game. They are under considerable pressure and will look to win the match come what may. This extra pressure can also affect the team negatively. If you look at the recent head-to-head between the two teams in their last 5 encounters, you will find that SMP has won 3 matches while SS could manage just a couple of victories. But the SMP team has made a terrible start to the season losing their first couple of games. They are going to need a minor miracle to get back to winning ways.
Kaushik Gandhi is one of the most promising batters to have come out of Tamil Nadu. He has scored more than 1500 runs in the TNPL with an average of 33.19 and with a decent strike rate of 125.7. He has hit 11 fifties during this effort together with one century. Abhishek Tanwar is the main bowler for Salem and has already shown his colors in the tournament. Murugan Ashwin will be the top bowler for SMP in this game. He is bowling with a reasonable economy rate of 7.2 and he has also been among wickets.
The temperature during the match is likely to be close to 27 degrees during the match. It is also likely that we will get cloudy conditions during the game. The weather bureau has also predicted that we might get rainfall during the contest. But it is also expected that we will get the full match in.
The wicket on offer at the SCF Cricket Ground in Salem is more likely to be a batting-friendly one. There will be sufficient speed and bounce on offer here. All batters will be looking to play their shots on this ground. But there is a chance that the wicket might deteriorate as the game progresses to help the spinners from both sides.
Siechem Madurai Panthers lead the recent head-to-head in last 5 contests.
The Siechem Madurai Panthers lead the recent head-to-head between the two teams 3-2.
Kaushik Gandhi has a terrific average in his last 4 matches.
Kaushik Gandhi has scored his runs with an average of 57.33 in his last 4 appearances for Salem Spartans.
There do not appear to be any injury updates available at the moment. So, we can expect that the entire sides will be up for selection for this matchup.
SMS vs MPS Probable 11
SMS Playing 11
- Kaushik Gandhi
- Abhishek Tanwar (C)
- Sachin Rathi
- Sunny Sandhu
- Rajendran Karthikeyan
- Akash Sumra
- Maan Bafna
- R Kavin
- S Abishiek
- Muhammed Adnan Khan
- Amit Sathvik (Wk)
MPS Playing 11
- Murugan Ashwin
- Gurjapneet Singh
- Jagatheesan Kousik
- Dev Rahul
- Washington Sundar
- S Karthik (Wk)
- Hari Nishaanth (C)
- K Deeban Lingesh
- D Sudhan
- Balu Surya
- Swapnil Singh
These two teams are pretty evenly matched and the game as a result is likely to go right down the wire. Both Madurai and Salem are desperate for a win. Both these teams have good batting depth. But we expect Madurai Panther to edge out the Salem Spartans in this game. We will bet with Madurai Panther to win the contest.
Kaushik Gandhi: Kaushik Gandhi has scored 172 runs from his last 4 appearances for Salem Spartans. He is averaging 57.33 and has a strike rate of 122.85.
Abhishek Tanwar: Abhishek Tanwar has picked up 9 wickets in his last 4 contests of TNPL with a strike rate of 10.66 and economy rate of 7.62.
Hari Nishaanth: Hari Nishaanth has scored 112 runs from his 3 games so far with an average of 37.33 and a strike rate of 108.73.
Jagatheesan Koushik: Jagatheesan Koushik has picked up some vital wickets during the TNPL campaign of SMP this year.
SMS vs MPS Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: A Sathvik
Batters: K Gandhi (VC), C Hari Nisaanth, M Adnan Khan
All-rounders: W Sundar, S Sandhu (C), M Bafna
Bowlers: M Ashwin, A Tanwar, A Sumra, G Singh