Nellai Royal Kings (NRK) will lock horns with Salem Spartans (SS) in match 13 of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2023 at NPR College Ground in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu on Thursday, June 22. The match will start at 7:15 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).

Led by captain  Arun Karthik, Nellai Royal Kings will look to bounce back after suffering a seven-wicket defeat against IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans in their previous fixture. 

Earlier, NRK defeated Siechem Madurai Panthers and Lyca Kovai Kings in their opening two matches. With four points from three matches, NRK are currently placed fourth in TNPL 2023 standings.

On the other hand, the Abhishek Tanwar-led Salem Spartans will aim to continue their winning momentum after beating Ba11sy Trichy by five wickets in their last match.

Previously, Salem Spartans lost their opening match of the tournament by 52 runs and are placed fifth in the standings with two points on the board.

NRK vs SS Dream11 prediction for TNPL 2023

Nellai Royal Kings and Salem Spartans have faced each other six times in TNPL history, winning three games apiece. 

However, the Royal Kings have won their last two fixtures against the Spartans and will start as favourites in Thursday’s clash.

NRK vs SS Dream11 team tips for TNPL 2023

Top Tip: Best batter 

Nellai Royal Kings’ Ajitesh Guruswamy has been one of the standout batters in the ongoing TNPL. The 20-year-old has scored 146 runs in three matches, including smashing a scintillating hundred (112 off 60) against Lyca Kovai Kings. The swashbuckling batter has slammed 11 fours and nine maximums so far. Having accrued 227 fantasy points, Guruswamy will be a great pick at 7.5 credits. 

Top Tip: Best bowler

In the bowling department, M Poiyamozhi of NRK will be a smart pick at just 7 credits. The right-arm pacer has already bagged five wickets in three matches at an average of 12.40. Known for his wicket-taking capabilities,Poiyamozhi has already accumulated 171 fantasy points and will look to add to his tally against Salem Spartans.

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. The 23-year-old all-rounder has picked up five wickets in three matches with his pace bowling. Furthermore, Sonu has scored 68 runs with the bat. Having already amassed 243 fantasy points, Sony Yadav is a must-pick in any fantasy team.

NRK captain Arun Karthik pips Amit Sathvik of SS for the fantasy recommendation for the wicket-keeper spot. Arun Karthik has scored over 1,200 runs in T20 format, apart from fulfilling his wicket-keeping responsibilities. He will be a quality asset to any fantasy team at 9 credits.

NRK vs SS TNPL 2023 playing XI (probable)

Nellai Royal Kings playing XI (probable): Sri Neranjan, Laxmesha Suryaprakash, SJ Arun Kumar, Arun Karthik (captain), Lakshay Jain S, Sonu Yadav, Rithik Easwaran (wicketkeeper), Ajitesh Guruswamy, Lakshminarayanan Vignesh, M Poiyamozhi, Sandeep Warrier

Salem Spartans playing XI (probable): Amit Sathvik (wicketkeeper), Akash Sumra, Maan Bafna, Kaushik Gandhi, RS Mokit Hariharan, S Abishiek, Muhammed Adnan Khan, Sachin Rathi, M Ganesh Moorthi, Sunny Sandhu, Abhishek Tanwar (captain)

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