Defending champions of Tamil Nadu Premier League, Chepauk Super Gillies tasted their first victory of the season. They ended their five-match losing streak by defeating VB Kanchi Veerans by 13 runs at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul.
Chepauk Super Gillies while batting first put a formidable total of 181 for the loss of five wickets on the board.
On the back of 76 from wicketkeeper S Karthik and cameos from captain Gopinath and Murugan Ashwin, Gillies was able to touch the mark of 180. They lost their first wicket on 28 in the form of Ganga Sridhar Raju.
Karthik made 76 whereas his skipper Gopinath scored 31 off 22. Murugan Ashwin played a beautiful cameo of 34 off 17 at the end.
A summary of chase
VB Kanchi Veerans got off with a flier. Their opening batsmen put a partnership of 53 runs. Gillies got their first breakthrough in the form of Vishal Vaidhaya who scored 24 off 18.
Soon after the first wicket, Kanchi lost Mokit Hariharshan who scored a nought.
After getting a fine start, none of the batsmen from Veerans could capitalise their innings. S Arun was the top scorer with a figure of 27 from 19. They lost their wickets on regular intervals and eventually fell short of the target by 13 runs.
Who said what:
“We pulled the game back really well. We dropped a couple of chances and missed a run-out chance. That was the difference. If we had taken those chances, it would have been closer. The second innings was even more important than the dropped catches. 18 players have played so far; only one player hasn’t played. Hopefully, he gets a chance.” – Baba Aparjith, the losing skipper.
“The much needed win for us, fans and the team management who have been backing us. Winning is a pattern. We’ll have to make this a pattern. The team has been well-balanced. We have only one game left, and we’ll look to win it. S Karthik batted really well.” – Gopinath, the winning skipper.