The 14th match of the season third of the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) was played between Dindigul Dragons and Tuti Patriots at NPR college ground in Natham.
However, Dragons once again held their nerves as they managed to provide another thriller. Subsequently, they maintained the top position on the points table after pulled off the game with an over to spare.
On the other hand, Tuti Patriots would be having a mixed kind of feelings. Except for a few occasions, they came back to give a fierce competition as was expected between the two competitive teams.
Summary of the match:
TNPL franchise Patriots while batting first put a competitive score of 177 for the loss of eight wickets on the board.
It was a clinical performance from the late-order batsman Rajagopal Sathish, who scored 74 off 41 balls. Apart from him, Malolan Rangarajan registered an excellent cameo of 24-ball 37.
Picture of the clinical chase:
In reply to the 178, Dindigul Dragons lost their opener Hari Nishant at the score of 14.
However, it was skipper, N Jagadeesan once again who held the nerve. He scored a knock of 31 off 24 balls.
In TNPL fixture, R Vivek was the top scorer from Dindigul Dragons as he scored much-needed score of 62 off 32 balls against Tuti Patriots.
Who said what:
“Looking back I feel, we didn’t grasp the key areas of the game. So, yeah they are worthy winners of the game. I thought we did well after the position we were in. Sathish and Malolan stitched in a good partnership,” Kaushik Gandhi, the losing skipper said.
“We did have plans for the bowling; we need to improve ourselves and come back harder. I thought we fought back while batting. To challenge teams with such a score on this wickets, it’s a positive we can take from this,” he added.
“I think it’s been the best part of us. I think when it comes to Vivek’s batting, he has a go. He didn’t plan much. We were looking at another bowler as a bowler got injured. We need to work on our death bowling. The confidence is really good, and it’s important to carry on the momentum,”- N Jagadeesan, the winning skipper maintained.