The Eliminator of the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019 will be played between Madurai Panthers and VB Kanchi Veerans at the Indian Cement Company Ground in Tirunelveli.
Madurai Panthers made it to the Eliminator after a win against Karaikudi Kaalai in their last group stage match. Rahil Shah was their star bowler and picked up three wickets, while Kiran Akash also picked up three.
Madurai Panthers' chase did not start well with opener Arun Karthik departing on the very second ball of the match. There was then a partnership between Sarath Raj and skipper Shijit Chandran.
However, once they were dismissed, the Karaikudi Kaalai bowlers got wickets in clusters and Madurai Panthers looked tentative. Selva Kumaran and Kiran Akash gave them the much-required poise to chase down the small total.
In Kanchi Veerans' last league match, their bowling made it hard for Ruby Trichy Warriors to score. Aushik Srinivas stood out in particular and did not give away runs easily. Rangaraj Suthesh, Baba Aparajith and Sanjay Yadav also picked one wicket apiece.
In reply, wicketkeeper Suresh Lokeshwar scored 40 to shoulder the chase along with skipper Baba Aparajith. Aparajith remained unbeaten till the end with a half-century and played a calculated knock to take the team home by seven wickets.
Madurai Panthers and Kanchi Veerans have both gone through ups and downs in their TNPL 2019 campaign and the Eliminator is expected to be a tight one, but the Veerans are likely to prevail.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Madurai Panthers- Arun Karthik, A Sarath Raj, Shijit Chandran, Jagatheesan Kousik, Nilesh Subramanian, Abhishek Tanwar, MS Promoth, R Mithun, Kiran Akash, Rahil Shah, N Selva Kumaran
Kanchi Veerans- K Vishal Vaidhya, Suresh Lokeshwar, Baba Aparajith, Sanjay Yadav, P Francis Rokins, Rajagopal Sathish, NS Harish, P Sugendhran, R Silambarasan, Rangaraj Suthesh, Aushik Srinivas
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) –Rahil Shah (Madurai Panthers), Rajagopal Sathish(Kanchi Veerans)
Most Sixes – Abhishek Tanwar (Madurai Panthers), Baba Aparajith (Kanchi Veerans)
Man of the Match – Abhishek Tanwar
Team Scores Batting first –Madurai Panthers 150+, Kanchi Veerans 165+
Match HandicapKanchi Veerans
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.