LKK vs IDTT Match Preview

Six members of the side that played in the no-result game of the Lyca Kovai Kings in the 2022 final of TNPL are not playing this year for them. You can expect several changes to their bowling attack. There are no injury worries reported so far ahead of the first game of TNPL 2023. One of the key members of the LKK side is Sai Sudarshan. This young left-hander managed to score a 96 in the recently concluded IPL. He is going into this game with a reputation of being a top player and there will be a lot of expectations from him to deliver the good in this game.

The 28-year-old skipper of LKK is M Shahrukh Khan. He is in good form at the moment after hitting a not-out 41 for the Punjab Kings against RR in his last innings of IPL. A left-arm spinner Manimaran Siddharth has already picked up 3 4-wicket hauls in his young T20 career. You can expect him to find these conditions to his liking on the pitch. The Lyca Kovai Kings succeeded in winning their last 7 games in the 2022 version of TNPL. They will be looking to continue their good work forward with a win in this game.

It might be interesting to see what combination is fielded by the Tamizhans for this game. They have also made a lot of changes to their squad ahead of their campaign in this year's TNPL. They still have some players in the squad that did well last year and also in the IPL 2023. However, the side will have to come together as a single unit in this match. One of the key members of the ITT team is K Vishal Vaidhya. This left-handed top-order batter scored several good contributions in the last season and is a genuine talent at this level.

Another significant player playing in the competition is Vijay Shankar. This former international did a good job for Gujrat Titans. His team made it to the finals where they lost a close game to CSK. He is a batting all-rounder and you can expect him to do well in this competition as well. A 26-year-old all-rounder playing in this squad Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore was in good touch in his recent matches and can get some turn from this track. Tiruppur lost their last 2 out of 3 matches in their TNPL campaign last year.

Weather Report

It is expected that we will get clear skies for this game in Coimbatore and everyone can enjoy a good game of cricket. 

Pitch Report

The surface will offer some help to the quicker bowlers and the batters will find it tough to negotiate bowling on this track. Any score close to 170 runs will be a great score in this high-pressure match. The venue for this match is SNR College Cricket Ground in Coimbatore. It is a smallish ground with shorter boundaries. But the ball will come onto the bat nicely as it is a flat surface. Fast bowlers have performed well on this track and you can expect the trend to continue. Spinners might get turn on the track but they will have little or no margin for error due to the small ground.

Notable stats

Kovai Kings have a much better recent record than Tiruppur.

The Kovai Kings team is entering this contest with 7 wins in a row. The Tiruppur side has lost 3 out of their last 5 games in the competition.

Suresh Kumar has a terrific average/strike rate combination.

Suresh Kumar is going into this game 398 runs from 10 games with an average of 49.75 and a strike rate of 157.93.

Team News

There have been several alterations to the teams that played in the 2022 season for both sides. Many new faces will be on display in this game.

LKK vs IDTT Probable 11

LKK Playing 11

  • Suresh Kumar (Wk)
  • Sai Sudharsan
  • U Mukilesh
  • S Sujay
  • Ram Arvindh
  • M Shahrukh Khan (C)
  • P Hemcharan
  • M Mohammed
  • Manimaran Siddharth
  • K Gowtham
  • R Divakar

IDTT Playing 11

  • Balchander Anirudh
  • NS Chaturved
  • K Vishal Vaidhya
  • Rajendran Vivek
  • Alliraj Karuppusamy
  • Radhakrishnan
  • Vijay Shankar (C)
  • Tushar Raheja (Wk)
  • Ganeshan Periyaswamy
  • H Trilok Nag
  • Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

The IDream Tiruppur side does not have a very good record against the Kings. This side will look at the top and middle order of their batting line-up to deliver the goods for them and win the match. Lyca Kovai Kings are going into this game with a lot of confidence as they have great depth in both their batting and bowling lineups. So, we reckon Lyca Kovai Kings will win this game.

Top Picks

Sai Sudarshan: Sai Sudarshan has scored 336 runs in his last 10 appearances for the LKK side. He has scored these runs with a strike rate of 140.58 and an average of 48.

Suresh Kumar: Suresh Kumar has scored 398 runs in his last ten games with a strike rate of 157.93 and an average of 49.75.

M Shahrukh Khan: M Shahrukh Khan has picked up 11 wickets from his last 10 outings for LKK with a strike rate of 11.90.

K Vishal Vaidhya: Vaidhya scored 84 runs in his only outing for TT last year. You can bet on him to score more runs in this game.

LKK vs IDTT Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: J Suresh Kumar

Batters: S Khan (VC), B Anirudha , K Vishal Vaidhya, S Sudharsan (C)

All-rounders: V Shankar, R Vivek, K Akash

Bowlers: M Mohammed, R Sai Kishore, M Siddharth

LKK vs IDTT Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction