A Tight Race for Playoff Spot In TNPL Among 4 Top Teams

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The Tamil Nadu Premier League has reached its business leg of the season 2023. With the league spanning for a month, we will soon have the champions of the seventh season of this prestigious league. We already have three qualified teams; Lyca Kovai Kings, Dindigul Dragons, and Nellai Royals Kings. Lyca Kovai Kings have been exceptional throughout the tournament with six wins out of seven games. DD and NRK are on the second and third spots of the points table with five and four wins respectively. But both of these teams have one more game to play in the league stage.

Qualifying Scenarios for Playoff Spot

With only a single spot left to qualify for the playoffs. Still, there are three teams in the race for the same spot. Any one of Chepauk Super Gillies, Siechem Madurai Panthers, and IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans will qualify for the playoff spot in TNPL. Let’s look at their qualifying scenarios:

Chepauk Super Gillies

Baba Aparajith-led Chepauk Super Gillies are currently at the fourth spot with three wins out of seven games. They have the best net run rate among the three teams who can still make it to the playoffs. If Siechem Madurai Panthers lose their last game, then Chepauk Super Gillies will qualify and attain the playoff spot in TNPL as they have the best net run rate.

With a win last night against Ba11sy Trichy, Chepauk Super Gillies have solidified their chances of getting into the playoffs. It might be difficult for them to survive in playoffs as they don’t have Jagadeesan now.

Siechem Madurai Panthers

Hari Nishaanth led Siechem Madurai Panther, started the tournament on the low with three losses in the first three games. But they have been playing amazingly, as they have won three consecutive games. With three wins out of six games, Siechem Madurai Panthers is in the fifth spot in the points table.

The scenario for Siechem Madurai Panthers is simple and straight. They just need to win their next game to qualify for the next stage of the league. By winning one more game, they will move to the fourth position with four wins and seal a playoff spot in TNPL. SMP will do everything to win their next game against IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans.

IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans

Tamizhans have a very slight chance of getting into the playoffs, as they have won only two games out of six. But they do have a chance to qualify if they win their last game by a big margin. Their next game is against their competitors i.e., Siechem Madurai Panthers.

ITT’s net run rate is one of the worst, and to make it better than Chepauk Super Gillies. They will have to win their last game by a margin of over 80 runs. Even though everything is possible in cricket, it seems a little tough for the ITT to make it to the playoff spot in the TNPL season.

Salem Spartans

The Spartans is another team who can still qualify for the next round. They are currently placed at the seventh spot with just two wins out of six games. Their last match of the league stage is against Dindigul Dragons, who already have a playoff spot in TNPL.

It’s nearly impossible for the Salem Spartans to seal a spot and feature in the playoffs, as they have the worst net run rate among other teams. They will have to win by a huge margin tonight to make their net run rate better than Chepauk Super Gillies.

Key Matches

The next two games will be a deciding factor for the fourth spot and the only spot left for the playoffs. We will have our Super Four teams by the end of Tuesday’s game. The next two games are:

Salem Spartans vs Dindigul Dragons

It is a crucial game for the Spartans, as they still have a chance to qualify by defeating Dindigul Dragons by a huge margin tonight. It is an important game for Dindigul Dragons as well. They need to win and maintain their second position on the points table. This will give them an edge in the playoffs.

Siechem Madurai Panthers vs IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans

It may be just a league-stage game for other teams but not for these two teams. As they are on the verge of qualifying for the next round of the TNPL. If Siechem Madurai Panthers manages to win this game, then they will automatically qualify for the business leg of the tournament. But if they lose, then whosoever will have the best net run rate among CSG and ITT, will go for the next round.

Nellai Royal Kings vs Ba11sy Trichy

Nellai has a great chance to get to the second spot by winning this game by a huge margin. This will allow them extra room for error in the playoffs.

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