As far as head-to-head is concerned, this is the 10th time SMP and NRK will face off against each other with four wins each in the past. Nellai Royal Kings won the last encounter between the sides by 26 runs in TNPL 2022.
In a big boost for the side, their star player Washington Sundar is available for the tournament after the all-rounder was injured midway through the IPL 2023. Hari Nishaanth has been a key buy during the auction as the side tried to strengthen their batting line-up. S Abisheik is expected to play a bigger role after the batter played decent knocks with Salem Spartans last season.
Swapnil Singh and Murugan Ashwin are expected to provide the experience in the bowling line-up while spinner Balu Surya has been an important inclusion as he took 10 wickets in TNPL 2022.
For NRK, Arun Karthik has been roped in to fill in for Baba Aparajith as the skipper while the likes of S Niranjan, L Suryaprakash, and N Rajagopal provide further strength to the batting. P Sugendhiran will hope to put on a better show after being retained by the franchise.
Their bowling has some impressive names too as the likes of Sonu Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, and Ashwin Crist were in the run for top wicket-takers last season. Kartick Manikandan and M Poiyamozhi were taking wickets in TNPL 2022 as well.
SMP vs NRK predicted playing 11
NRK predicted playing 11 G Ajitesh, L Suryaprakash, N Rajagopalan, Sri Neranjan, Arun Karthik ( C & WK), Aswin Crist, N Harish, R Mithun, Sandeep Warrier, Sonu Yadav, M Poiyamozhi
SMP predicted playing 11 V Aaditya, Hari Nishaanth, S Abiseik, Shijith Chandran, Ajay Krishna, V Gowtham, Jagatheesan Kousik, Washington Sundar (C), Balu Surya/Murugan Ashwin, S Karthik (wk), Swapnil Singh/Gurjapneet Singh
Siechem Madurai Panthers vs Nellai Royal Kings squads
Siechem Madurai Panthers Hari Nishanth (c), S Karthik (wk), Shijit Chandran, Jagatheesan Kousik, Krish Jain, Washington Sundar, P Saravanan, Balu Surya, Murugan Ashwin, Swapnil Singh, V Gowtham, V Aaditya, Anton A Subikshan, K Deeban Lingesh, Dev Rahul, Sudhan Kandepan, Gurjapneet Singh, Ajay Krishna, M Ayush, S Sri Abisek
Nellai Royal Kings Arun Karthik (c & wk), Nidhish Rajagopal, Laxmesha Suryaprakash, Rithik Easwaran, P Sugendhiran, Sri Neranjan, SJ Arun Kumar, Karthick Manikandan, Sandeep Warrier, NS Harish, Sonu Yadav, Aswin Crist, S Mohan Prasath, Adithya Arun, M Poiyamozhi, R Mithun, Ajitesh Guruswamy, Emmanuel Cherian, N Kabilan
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