Lyca Kovai Kings cantered to a nine-wicket win over the Albert Tuti Patriots in their India Cements TN Premier League game on Wednesday at the Chepauk Stadium. Kings’ medium-pacer, MK Sivakumar, took the first hat-trick of the tournament and finished with excellent figures of 3 for 10 in 3.5 overs.
Brief scores:Albert TUTI Patriots 95 in 19.5 overs (Washington Sundar 43, 48b, 2x4,1x6; MK Sivakumar 3/10) lost to
Patriots, who won the toss and elected to bat, got off to a
MK Sivakumar picked up the first hat-trick of the tournament thanks to some brilliant bowling. His wickets included that of Maaruthi Raghav, Washington Sundar and Akash
On to the Kings run-chase and they scored at will and attacked right from the word go. The opening pair of Surya Prakash L (43) and Anirudh Sita Ram B (48) smashed the Patriot bowlers to all parts of the ground. The dominance was such that Kings at one point only needed less than six runs in an over to win!
Anirudh, who replaced Murali Vijay, grabbed the opportunity and showcased his class. The run-rate was never out of control as Kings cruised along at a brisk pace with a flurry of fours and sixes. They managed to win in just 12.5 overs and only lost the wicket of Suryaprakash. It was a comprehensive win for Kings which will do well to help them forget their tough loss in the opener.