In what was another thrilling contest of the India Cements TN Premier League, VB Thiruvallur Veerans beat Lyca Kovai Kings by two runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. Veerans' skipper Baba Aparajith scored a superb 39-ball 74 to help his team set a stiff 171-run target.
Brief scores: VB Thiruvallur
Aparajith, who initially took the time to settle, build valuable partnerships and launched a late attack towards the death overs. He cleared the fence six times and also hit two boundaries. His seventh-wicket partnership with R Rohit was an absolute run-fest, as Kings conceded 59 runs in their last three overs. Aparajith’s is now the tournament’s leading run-scorer with 283.
Though M Mohammed, MK Siva Kumar, and Harish Kumar were smashed for runs, still Arun B, who conceded only 11 runs in his three overs, fared a little better amidst that carnage.
On to Kings, and they began their run-chase in exciting fashion - clearing the ropes a few times - before losing the wicket of Suryaprakash L to Rahil Shah. Anirudh Sita Ram later held the innings together as he built vital partnerships with both Tarun Srinivas and Harish Kumar S.
*Report courtesy TNPL Media