The Maharashtra Premier League 2023 is heading towards the business end. The second qualifier between the Kolhapur Tuskers and the Puneri Bappa is all set to take place on Wednesday, June 28 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. The winner will play against Ratnagiri Jets in the final of the inaugural edition of the Maharashtra Premier League.
Kolhapur Tuskers missed out on a direct entry to the finals as they lost to the Ratnagiri Jets in the first qualifier. In the ran-curtailed game, Ratnagiri Jets scored 136 runs in 15 overs. In response, Kolhapur Tuskers fell short by six runs. Kedar Jadhav was the top-scorer for the team with 55 runs. The rest of the top-order couldn’t manage to get going in the innings.
Meanwhile, the Puneri Bappa defeated Eagle Nashik Titans in the Eliminator by three wickets. They restricted the Eagle Nashik Titans to 131/8 in 18 overs. Sachin Bhosale, Rohan Damle and Sohan Jamale took two wickets each. Valuable contributions from Pawan Shah, Advay Shidhaye and Yash Kshirsagar powered them to a win.
✈️Ratnagiri Jets are already through to the finals after winning Qualifier 1 while the winner of Qualifier 2 will go through to the finals and face the Jets on 29th June.
Who will win today?
🤩Kolhapur Tuskers or Puner Bappa?
— MPLT20Tournament (@mpltournament) June 28, 2023
Puneri Bappa will be keen to continue the winning momentum in the second qualifier, while Kolhapur Tuskers will be eyeing a comeback. With a spot in the finals at stake, we are in for an interesting contest at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Ground in Pune.
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Live Streaming: Fancode
Heavy rains are predicted in Pune on Wednesday, June 28, which is likely to have an impact on the match. There are expected to ve several rain interruptions in the game.
Top Player Picks
Ankit Bawane: Ankit Bawane is the Orange Cap holder in the Maharashtra Premier League currently. He has scored 357 runs in six matches, at an average of 89.25, including a century. He has been at the fore for the Kolhapur Tuskers in the tournament.
Piyush Salvi: Piyush Salvi is the leading wicket-taker in the Maharashtra Premier League so far. He has taken 12 wickets in six matches, at an average of 13.42. He has conceded runs at a decent economy rate of 7.67.
Kedar Jadhav: Kedar Jadhav has led the Kolhapur Tuskers well in the Maharashtra Premier League. His experience has come in handy for them. In six matches, he has scored 193 runs at an average of 32.17.
Captain and Vice-Captain Choices
Ankit Bawane: Veteran batter Ankit Bawane has showcased his consistency in the Maharashtra Premier League. He will be the perfect captain in the fantasy team, given his great run in the tournament.
Piyush Salvi: Piyush Salvi has been very impressive in the Maharashtra Premier League so far. He has taken wickets regularly, proving to be an asset for the Puneri Bappa.
Predicted Playing XIs
Kolhapur Tuskers: Kedar Jadhav (C), Ankit Bawne, Naushad Shaikh, Sahil Autade, Nihal Tusamad, Akshay Darekar, Taranjitsingh Dhillon, Shreyash Chavan, Atman Pore, Manoj Yadav, Siddharth Mhatre
Puneri Bappa: Rohan Damle (c), Pawan Shah, Shubham Taiswal, Yash Kshirsagar, Suraj Shinde, Shripad Nimbalkar, Vaibhav Chougalle, Piyush Salvi, Sachin Bhosale, Advay Shidhaye, Aditya Daware
Wicket-keeper(s) – Kedar Jadhav, Sanjay Shinde
Batters – Ankit Bawane, Yash Kshirsagar, Pawan Shah
All-around- Akshay Darekar, Manoj Yadav, Rohan Damle
Bowlers – Sachin Bhosale, Shreyash Chavan, Piyush Salvi