(TNPL Photo)CHENNAI: The sixth edition of Tamil Nadu Premier League was shared by Chepauk Super Gillies and Kovai Kings after the encounter was cut short by rain. The start was delayed by over two hours which saw the contest being a 17-overs-a-side affair.
Kovai scored 138-9 thanks to Sai Sudharsan’s 42-ball 65. For Chepauk, medium-pacer Sandeep Warrier stood out with figures of 4 for 29.
In reply, Chepauk were 14 for 2 in 4 overs when rains once again stopped play. With no sign of rain relenting, the title was shared by both the teams.
Just before the rains arrived, Chepauk lost their openers Kaushik Gandhi (1) and N Jagadeesan (2) cheaply. Left-arm spinner Ajith Ram (0-1) got rid of Kaushik while medium-pacer Yudheeswaran (1-3) dismissed Jagadeesan.
Earlier, Sai Sudharsan (65, 8×4, 1×6) shone with the bat for Kovai as his 42-ball knock helped the side finish on 138-9. The total would have been much more had Chepauk’s bowlers not tightened things in the final overs.
Sai Sudharsan arrived at the crease when his side were 10 for 1. He kicked off proceedings with a 27-ball 41-run second wicket partnership with Ganga Sridhar Raju (27).
Once Ganga departed, Sai Sudharsan added 33 for the third wicket with U Mukilesh. Sai Sudharsan kept Kovai’s scoreboard moving by mixing caution with aggression.
Sai Sudharsan and skipper M Shahrukh Khan (22) added 45 for the fifth wicket to take Kovai past the 100-run mark.
However, left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore (3-26) started Kovai’s slide by getting rid of Shahrukh in the 15th over.
Medium-pacer Sandeep Warrier (4-29) then accounted for Abhishek Tanwar (1), Sai Sudharsan and B Surya (0) and put brakes on Kovai’s scoring.
Chepauk took five wickets in the last three overs and gave just 11 runs. Apart from Sai Kishore and Sandeep Warrier, medium-pacer Sonu Yadav (2-29) too was among the wickets.
Brief scores: Lyca Kovai Kings 138-9 in 17 overs (Sai Sudharsan 65; Sandeep Warrier 4-29, Sai Kishore 3-26). Chepauk Super Gillies 14-2 in 4 overs (Ajith Ram 0-1, Yudheeswaran 1-3).