2023 TNPL Final: LKK vs NRK-Head to Head, Predicted XI, and Winning Prediction

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We are just one sleep away from the 2023 TNPL Final. The two finalists are Lyca Kovai Kings, who has been on the top throughout the tournament. They comfortably won the qualifier 1 through their dominance to get a spot in the final.

On the other hand, Nellai Royal Kings have been exceptional in the playoffs. First, they had a nail-biting win over Siechem Madurai Panthers in the eliminator. And then, in qualifier 2, they completely outplayed Dindigul Dragons to reach the 2023 TNPL Final.

After a month of hard work and effort, these two teams have reached the finals. If Lyca manages to win the 2023 TNPL final, then it will be their second title in a row, as they were the joint winners in the last season, along with Chepauk Super Gillies. While, Nellai Royal Kings have reached the final for the first time, and if they manage to win this game, they will have their maiden TNPL title.

Even though Sai Sudharsan is not available due to his commitments to the India A team, Lyca Kovai Kings have looked comfortable. On the other hand, Nellai Royal Kings will play to their full strength in this 2023 TNPL final.

The stage is all set for the biggest game of the TNPL 2023 season. Both teams have looked great and are deserving candidates for the final. Undoubtedly, this is going to be a thriller.

Pitch Report

The match is going to be held at the Indian Cement Company Ground. The pitch here gives an edge to the batters as they feel comfortable smashing boundaries, and the average first innings score is 163. This ground has maintained a balance, as out of eight games, the teams chasing or batting first have won four each. Also, this ground has seen high-scoring matches, and we expect this final to be the same. The captains would look to bowl first and have the total in front of them.

Weather Report

The weather seems to be perfect for the 2023 TNPL final. Not very humid, nor rainy. The temperature in Tirunelveli will range from 27 degrees to 38 degrees.

What to expect?

The conditions seem to be good for batters which eventually allows the spectators to have a high scoring final. Both teams are coming off scoring high scores in their previous games. It will be interesting to see how captains use their bowlers effectively. With the pressure of the final, the batters would look to start a bit slow and positively. Another banger of a game is on the cards between these two giants.

Head to Head

These two teams have met on four occasions. Out of these four games, Lyca Kovai Kings have emerged as winners on three of the occasions. Until this season, Lyca was yet to be defeated by the Nellai Royal Kings. However, Nellai defeated Lyca for the first time in the league stage. Also, LKK has lost just one game this season, and it was against none other than the NRK. Let’s see where this big encounter goes.

Probable Best Performers

1. Ajitesh Guruswamy:

The consistent performer of the Nellai Royal Kings will be eager to score some runs in the final game. Ajitesh has been in top form throughout the tournament. The 20-year-old smashed 73 in qualifier 2 against the Dindigul Dragons and helped Nellai reach the TNPL final. With 384 runs in just nine games, Ajitesh has surpassed Sai Sudharsan to become the highest run-scorer of the tournament. In the last game against Lyca, he smashed a century. He is our top performer for the 2023 TNPL final.

2. Shahrukh Khan:

Undoubtedly, the captain has led from the front. Whether with the ball or with the bat, Shahrukh has been a tremendous contributor to Lyca’s success this season. Also, he is one of the highest wicket-takers of the season, with 14 wickets in just eight games. He is just one wicket away from becoming the leading wicket-taker of the TNPL 2023. The last time these two teams faced each other, Shahrukh played a quick cameo of 17 runs off just eight deliveries and picked up a wicket.

Probable Playing XI’s

Lyca Kovai Kings:

S Sujay, J Suresh Kumar(w), B Sachin, Ram Arvindh, Atheeq Ur Rahman, U Mukilesh, Shahrukh Khan(c), M Mohammed, Manimaran Siddharth, Jhatavedh Subramanyan, Valliappan Yudheeswaran

Nellai Royal Kings:

Arun Karthik(c), Laxmesha Suryaprakash, Ajitesh Guruswamy, Rithik Easwaran(w), Nidhish Rajagopal, Sonu Yadav, NS Harish, M Poiyamozhi, S Mohan Prasath, Sandeep Warrier, Lakshay Jain S

Match Prediction

Shahrukh and the company are high on confidence with the way they are performing this season. They have won seven out of the eight games they have played. But Nellai Royal Kings are no way behind, as they won the eliminator and qualifier 2 as well to reach the final. Lyca Kovai Kings seems to be having an upper hand due to their consistent performance and are likely to lift the TNPL 2023 trophy.

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