Madurai Super Giants’ agony in the TNPL came to an end as a seven-wicket loss to Ruby Kanchi Warriors on Friday, at the NPR College Ground, Natham, knocked them out of contention for a play-off spot. With this loss, Giants, who are still winless, have no chance of qualifying for the play-offs.
Giants, who won the toss and opted to bat first, were off to a shaky start as Arun Karthik went for a golden duck. S Thiyagarajan (23), who was lucky to have been dropped twice by the Kanchi fielders, couldn’t capitalize was finally caught by J
That triggered off a batting collapse – a recurring theme for Giants in the tournament so far. A
Bharath Shankar (37) gave Warriors a super start as he accelerated and cut loose as and when required. He looked fearless and punished the loose balls for boundaries and sixes with leg-spinner Muruganantham bearing the brunt. Despite Shankar’s dismissal, Warriors were well on course to chase down the target.
Giants later applied the brakes as Nilesh Subramanium (24) tried to consolidate with a run-a-ball knock. With 44 required off 41 deliveries, Nilesh soon fell, but
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