In the fifth match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2019 edition, the Dindigul Dragons (DDD) registered a splendid 30-run victory over the Madurai Panthers (MP) at the Indian Cement Company Ground in Tirunelveli on Tuesday. The Dragons-led by a sensational opening partnership posted an imposing first innings total on the board and then bowled really well to restrict the opposition. With this win, Dindigul Dragons have reached on top of the points table.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the Dindigul Dragons got off to a remarkable start at the top as their openers, Hari Nishanth and N Jagadeeshan provided a solid opening foundation. The duo batted amazingly well to compile an excellent opening stand of 104 runs. Nishanth got out in the 14th over after playing a fine innings of 57 runs off 47 balls that included of six fours and three sixes, off medium pacer Jagatheesan Kousik’s bowling.
However, Jagadeesan kept his focus at the other end and started to steady the things along with the rest of the batters. He stitched small partnerships with the middle-order batters, however, the Panthers’ bowlers kept picking wickets at regular intervals at the other end. Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin once again came to bat at three but failed to contribute much.
Jagadeesan composed a brilliant unbeaten knock of 87 runs off 51 balls that consisted of 12 fours and 1 six, to power his team towards a daunting total of 182 runs. For the Panthers, Rahil Shah picked up three scalps, while Kiran Akash took two wickets.
Silambarasan’s four-fer deflates the Panthers
Chasing a target of 183 runs, the Panthers also got off to a fine start with their openers, Arun Karthik and A Sarath Raj came out in a pretty positive approach. The duo stitched a vital opening partnership of 50 runs. However, both the openers got out after that half-century stand and failed to convert their respective starts into big scores.
The duo of Jagatheesan Kousik and Nilesh Subramanian also got dismissed pretty soon leaving the Panthers in a spot of bother at 83 for 4 in 12.1 overs. Dindigul’s left-arm spinner M Silambarasan, who did the damage in the last game as well, continued his brilliant form, picking four crucial wickets and gave away just 20 runs in his four overs.
After losing wickets at regular intervals, Abhishek Tanwar urged the hopes with a cameo of 24 runs off 12 balls that included three amazing sixes, however, with his wicket, those hopes also came down as the Panthers managed to score 152 for 9 in 20 overs. While Silambarasan picked up four wickets, Ravi Ashwin finished with three scalps.
Dindigul Dragons: 182/6 in 20 overs (N Jagadeesan-87, Hari Nishanth-57; Rahil Shah 3/21, Kiran Akash 2/33)
Madurai Panthers: 152/9 in 20 overs (A Sarath Raj-26, Abhishek Tanwar-24; M Silambarasan 4/20, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/16)
Result: Dindigul Dragons won the match by 30 runs.