In the 15th match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2019, VB Kanchi Veerans (VBKV) recorded a convincing 58-run victory over the TUTI Patriots (TP) at the Indian Cement Company Ground in Tirunelveli. The Kanchi Veerans played some remarkable cricket throughout the duration of the game both with the bat and ball. With this win, the Veerans have moved to the second spot on the points tally.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the Kanchi Veerans got off to a poor start losing the wicket of opening batsman K Vishal Vaidhya in just the second over of the game. The duo of S Siddharth and Baba Aparajith then got together to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. They stitched an excellent partnership of 71 runs before Siddharth got out in the 11th over scoring 50 runs off 38 balls.
Sanjay Yadav came out to bat at four but could only manage to score 14 runs off 12 balls. However, skipper Aparajith kept things in control from the other end and played a brilliant unbeaten innings of 76 runs off 48 balls that included of eight fours and two sixes.
He compiled an impressive 77-run stand along with Rajagopal Sathish to help Kanchi Veerans finish with 193 runs on the board. Sathish remained unbeaten at 47 off 19 balls and for the Patriots, A Venkatesh picked up two wickets.
Gowtham’s three-fer restricts the Patriots
Chasing a big target of 194 runs in the second innings, the TUTI Patriots got off to a decent start with the two openers, Akshay Srinivasan and Murugesan Kamlesh, adding 34 runs for the opening wicket. However, Kamlesh fell first in the third over and with his dismissal a big batting collapse occurred. Within a matter of 21 runs, the Patriots lost a total of five wickets, crumbling in deep trouble at 69 for 6.
After this early damage, they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and on the other side, the required run-rate reached the impossible barriers. S Senthilnathan got out in the 18th over after scoring 25 runs off 17 balls, while SP Nathan remained unbeaten at 19 off 25 balls, as the TUTI Patriots managed to get just 135 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. For the Veerans, Gowtham Thamarai took three vital scalps, while the rest of the bowlers finished with a wicket each.
VB Kanchi Veerans: 193/3 in 20 overs (Baba Aparajith-76*, S Siddharth-50, Rajagopal Sathish-47*; A Venkatesh 2/18)
TUTI Patriots: 133/8 in 20 overs (S Senthilnathan-25; Gowtham Thamarai 3/40, NS Harish 1/10)
Result: VB Kanchi Veerans won the match by 58 runs.
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