In the 17th match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2019, the TUTI Patriots (TP) registered a comprehensive 57-run victory over the Karaikudi Kaalai (KK) at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul. The Patriots played some remarkable cricket throughout the duration of the game both with the bat and ball. This is the second win in the tournament for the Subramania Siva-led team.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, TUTI Patriots got off to a disappointing start as they lost both their openers, Akshay Srinivasan and Murugesan Kamlesh with just 16 runs on the board. S Abhishiek also got out pretty soon leaving his team in more trouble at 38 for 3. After this dismissal, the pair of Nidish Rajagopal and A Venkatesh added 24 runs for the fourth wicket before the former got out in the 11th over after scoring 34 runs off 28 balls.
The duo comprising of Venkatesh and Subramania Siva then combined together to lead the Patriots’ progress further in the innings. They showed remarkable composure and temperament to stitch a brilliant unbeaten partnership of 113 runs for the fifth wicket, which stretched the Patriots to an imposing total of 175 runs on the board.
Subramania played a captain’s knock, scoring 87 runs off 40 balls that included of 10 fours and 5 sixes. Venkatesh remained unbeaten at 30 off 26 balls. For the Kaalais, Mukumthan, Kishan Kumar and Rajkumar took a wicket each.
Bowlers collective performance restricts the Kaalais
Chasing a target of 176 runs in the second innings, the Kaalais also didn’t get off to the best of starts, losing the wickets of skipper Srikkanth Anirudha and V Aditya within the first five overs. The pair of Laxmesha Suryaprakash and Rajhamany Srinivasan then added 40 runs for the third wicket to settle down things for a short while.
However, after this partnership, the Kaalai lost three wickets in a flurry and the required too reached the impossible lines. Eventually, Karaikudi Kaalai just managed to get 118 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. For the Patriots, Kumaran, Senthilnathan and Venkatesh picked up two wickets each.
TUTI Patriots: 175/4 in 20 overs (Subramania Siva-87*, Nidish Gopal-34, A Venkatesh-30*; S Kishan Kumar 1/15)
Karaikudi Kaalai: 118/8 in 20 overs (Laxmesha Suryaprakash-31, Ashwin Kumar-30*; Sivagnanan Senthilnathan 2/20, A Venkatesh 2/29)
Result: TUTI Patriots won the match by 57 runs.
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