Panthers XI (PAN) take on Tuskers XI (TUS) in the first semi-final of Pondicherry T20 2021 on Sunday, August 22 at the Cricket Association Puducherry Siechem Ground.

Panthers XI finished on the top of the table after group stage games, winning eight of their 10 matches. Tuskers XI, on the other hand, finished fourth with just three wins in 10 games. 

PAN vs TUS Dream11 prediction

The two teams have already met twice in the season, winning a match each. Their first meeting came in match 14 where PAN rode on the back of Ameer Zeeshan’s half-century to win the match by three wickets. The second meeting came a mere three days back, August 19, where Sowrrow Singh’s four-wicket haul guided TUS to a five-wicket win.

As for the semi-final, Panthers find themselves as favourites considering the form they have enjoyed throughout the season.

PAN vs TUS Dream11 team tips for Pondicherry T20

Top tip: Best batsman

PAN’s Priyam Ashish has scored 224 runs in eight innings this season and remains an ideal choice for a batsman. The opener has hit at a strike rate of 137.42 and his hard-hitting prowess might churn out better points.

Top tip: Best bowler

Bharat Bhushan Sharma of PAN is an outright choice for a bowler. He has picked 14 wickets in 10 matches and his economy of 5.76 is up there with the very best. He has more than 500 fantasy points to his name.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Ameer Zeeshan N is not only a quality all-rounder but is the best player in the category. He has scored 312 runs at an average of more than 44 and has also taken four wickets at a strike rate of 4.50.

Yash Jadhav of TUS has to be your wicket-keeper for this match. The opening batsman has scored 213 runs this season at an excellent strike rate of 138.31. He easily pips his counterpart George Samuel of PAN.

PAN vs TUS probable playing XI

PAN playing XI (probable): Ameer Zeeshan N, Rohit Damodaran (captain), Vignesh E, George Samuel A (wicket-keeper), Bharat Bhushan Sharma, S Santhosh Kumaran, Priyam Ashish, Shivam Singh S, Abin Mathew, Aravindaraj A, Iqlas Naha

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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