TNPL | Patriots thump Warriors and live to fight another day!
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Albert Tuti Patriots kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the India Cements TN Premier League thanks to a thumping nine-wicket win over Ruby Kanchi Warriors at the NPR College Ground, Natham, on Sunday.
Brief scores: Ruby Kanchi Warriors 145 for 8 (J
It was all too easy for the Patriots as they cantered home and chased down the 146-run target with 21 balls to spare. In what was a must-win game, Patriots got off to a good start as U Sushil (36) - promoted up the order- and Kaushik Gandhi (80) smashed Warriors’ bowlers all around the park and never let the required run-rate dip.
Sushil, who was dropped on 17 by Nilesh Subramanian, put on a 76-run partnership with Gandhi in ten overs. By the time he was dismissed by AC
Earlier, Warriors, who batted first after winning the toss, had a sticky start as they lost a couple of early wickets before the power-play. Bharath Shankar (13) holed out to SP Nathan at third-man while Aswin Crist (3 for 19) sent S Siddharth’s (7) leg-stump for a walk. Later, skipper Baba Indrajith (28) joined forces with Nilesh Subramanium as they stitched a brief partnership. But Subramanium was soon trapped leg-before by Aushik Srinivas, with Washington Sundar, Aushik and Crist stemming Warriors’ run-flow with some tight bowling.
The fall of Indrajith’s wicket saw Warriors accelerate as the in-form player played the sheet-anchors role to perfection. He saw off the slower bowlers, particularly Crist, but soon gave a simple catch to Kaushik Gandhi at long-on. A late blitz by J
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