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Tuskers XI need to beat Sharks XI to qualify for Pondicherry T20 2021 semis - get fantasy tips and prediction

Sharks XI (SHA) will lock horns with Tuskers XI (TUS) in match 29 of the Pondicherry T20 2021 at the Cricket Association Puducherry Siechem Ground on Saturday, August 21.

Led by Premraj Rajavelu, SHA are already in the Pondicherry T20 2021 semi-finals having won five of the eight matches played so far. With 20 points from eight matches, the Sharks XI are placed third on the points table.

Tuskers XI, on the other hand, have been inconsistent in the ongoing T20 tournament. The Parandaman Thamaraikannan-led side has won just three of their nine matches in the competition. TUS are currently placed fourth in the standings and need to beat Sharks XI in order to seal their place in the semi-finals.

SHA vs TUS Dream11 prediction

Earlier in the tournament, Sharks XI defeated Tuskers XI by 28 runs. However, TUS had thrashed SHA by 74 runs in the previous edition of the Pondicherry T20. That said, going by current form, Sharks XI will start as favourites against Tuskers XI on Saturday.

SHA vs TUS Dream11 team tips for Pondicherry T20

Top Tip: Best batsman

Tuskers XI’s Arvind K has been one of the standout batsmen in Pondicherry T20 this season. The 28-year-old has amassed 269 runs in nine matches at a strike rate of 125.70. Arvind has also hit two fifties in the T20 tournament this year. The right-handed batsman will look to continue his great form against Sharks XI in a must-win encounter.

Top Tip: Best bowler

Abeesh TA of Sharks XI will be the bowler to watch out for in the SHA vs TUS clash. The medium-pacer has picked 10 wickets in six matches at an economy of just seven. Abeesh will look to add a few more wickets to his name on Saturday.

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, picking Tuskers XI’s Parandaman Thamaraikannan in your fantasy cricket team is a no-brainer. The 28-year-old has been a revelation in the Pondicherry T20 this season, scoring 210 runs and also claiming eight wickets in nine matches so far.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Yash Yadav of Tuskers XI will be the preferred choice over Sharks XI’s Nipun Gaikwad. Yadav contributed heavily with the bat along with fulfilling his wicket-keeping responsibilities. The 22-year-old has amassed 213 runs in nine matches as compared to Gaikwad’s 73 runs in five matches.

SHA vs TUS probable playing XI

SHA playing XI (probable): Nipun Gaikwad (wicket-keeper), Logesh P, Thivagar G, Anand Subramanian, Mohit Mittan, Premraj Rajavelu (captain), Akshay Jain S, Vishal Khokhar, S Sabari, Vijith A, Rajasekar M

TUS playing XI (probable): Kumar P, Ankit Agarwal, Akash Kargave, Yash Jadhav (wicket-keeper), Aravind K, Parandaman Thamaraikannan (captain), Sabari Rajasekar, Palani R, Malladi Subrahmanyam, Sowrrow Singh, Sharadh Kishan A

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