Nellai Royal Kings (NRK) will lock horns with Siechem Madurai Panthers (SMP) in the Eliminator of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2023 at SCF Cricket Ground in Salem, Tamil Nadu on Saturday, July 8. The match will start at 7:15 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).

Led by captain Arun Karthik, Nellai Royal Kings qualified for the TNPL 2023 playoffs after finishing third in the standings. NRK registered five wins and two losses to end the league phase with 10 points.

On the other hand, Siechem Madurai Panthers defeated IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans by four runs in their last league match to secure the final spot in the TNPL 2023 playoffs. With four victories and three defeats, the Hari Nishanth-led SMP finished fourth in the standings with eight points.

NRK vs SMP Dream11 prediction for TNPL 2023 Eliminator

Nellai Royal Kings beat Siechem Madurai Panthers by six wickets in their league match in the ongoing TNPL.

NRK also secured a 26-run win over SMP in their meeting last year.

Going by their recent head-to-head record, NRK will start as favourites against SMP to book their place in Qualifier 2.

NRK vs SMP Dream11 team tips for TNPL 2023

Top Tip: Best batter 

Nellai Royal Kings’ Ajitesh Guruswamy has been one of the standout batters in TNPL 2023. The 20-year-old has already scored 261 runs in seven matches at an impressive average of 65.25 and a strike rate of 163.12. Ajitesh has accumulated 419 fantasy points and will be a smart pick at 8 credits.

Top Tip: Best bowler

Among the bowlers, picking Gurjapneet Singh of Siechem Madurai Panthers in any fantasy cricket team is a no-brainer. The left-arm pacer has been the joint leading wicket-taker in the ongoing T20 tournament, having bagged 13 wickets in seven matches at an average of 13. Having accrued 425 fantasy points, Gurjapneet Singh could be a quality investment at 9 credits.

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, Nellai Royal Kings’ Sonu Yadav will be the overwhelming choice for TNPL 2023 Eliminator. The 23-year-old has scored 98 runs in seven matches at a strike rate of 124.05. Sonu has also picked up six wickets at an economy of 7.52. The NRK all-rounder has already racked up 364 fantasy points and will be a great pick at 9 credits.

For the wicketkeeper spot, NRK captain Arun Karthik will be the preferred choice over Suresh Lokeshwar of SMP. Apart from fulfilling his wicket-keeping and captaincy responsibilities, Arun Karthik has amassed 192 runs in seven matches at an excellent strike rate of 162.71. At just 7.5 credits, Karthik could be a valuable asset to any fantasy team for this match.

NRK vs SMP TNPL 2023 playing XI (probable)

Nellai Royal Kings playing XI (probable): Arun Karthik (captain), Laxmesha Suryaprakash, Ajitesh Guruswamy, Nidhish Rajagopal, Lakshay Jain S,  Rithik Easwaran (wicketkeeper), Sonu Yadav, NS Harish, M Poiyamozhi, S Mohan Prasath, Sandeep Warrier

Siechem Madurai Panthers playing XI (probable): Suresh Lokeshwar (wicketkeeper), Hari Nishanth, V Aaditya, Swapnil Singh, Jagatheesan Kousik, S Sri Abisek, P Saravanan, Murugan Ashwin, Gurjapneet Singh, Ajay Krishna, Balu Surya 

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