It will be the first occasion in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL 2018) when both Tuti Patriots and Chepauk Super Gillies miss the playoffs contest during the third edition of the Twenty20 league. Patriots required to chase down the target in 18.4 overs – to pip Karaikudi Kalaai on Net Run-Rate, but they couldn’t make it count
A summary of the match:
While batting first, Kalaai set a target of 165 after losing six wickets on the board.
V Aditya along with skipper Anirudha Srikkanth put an opening partnership of 66. They lost the plot after their skipper departs on 28 off 23. Kalaai lost their first three wickets in quick succession.
Rajhamany Srinivasan steadied the ship of Kalaai with his handy knock of 46 off just 29 deliveries.
While chasing, the Patriots attained the target with four balls to spare. The opening batsmen of Patriots put an opening partnership of 45 in just four overs courtesy S Dinesh and Kaushik Gandhi.
Patriots wasted this flying start as S Swaminathan provide the first breakthrough to Kalaai.
Rajagopal Sathish scored his unbeaten fifty that powered Patriots to chase the total convincingly.
TNPL 2018: Tuti Patriots vs Chepauk Super Gillies; who said what:
“We would have liked to win and go to the top two, but you got to take what comes your way. They played better than us today. We could be a little better in a few areas, middle-order is something we need to address. Sathish played an amazing knock. The best way to approach a knockout game is to play fearless cricket.” – Srikkanth Anirudha, the losing skipper.
“We were hoping to get it in 18.4 overs. We should have made it to the top four. We were not seizing the key areas, and that’s something we need to work on before the next season.” – Kaushik Gandhi, the winning skipper.