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28 Jul 2019, 11:30 IST

Team Lyca Kovai Kings after their victory against Ruby Trichy Warriors
Crew Lyca Kovai Kings after their victory in opposition to Ruby Trichy Warriors

Tirunelveli, July 27: Lyca Kovai Kings batted and bowled with goal to upstage Ruby Trichy Warriors by 26 runs within the 4th Sankar Cement Tamil Nadu Twenty20 Premier League (TNPL) on the India Cements Restricted- Sankar Nagar Floor, Tirunelveli right here on Saturday.

It was LKK’s second victory of the season from three matches, placing them within the race for a playoff spot. That they had received the primary match, in opposition to VB Kanchi Veerans, by eight wickets earlier than dropping to Tuti Patriots by six runs in a rain-affected match on Thursday.

Batting first after successful the toss, LKK did properly to put up a combating 161-6 in 20 overs. Their bowlers led by quick bowler Krishnamoorthy Vignesh (2-12), who accounted for each RTW openers S Aravind (21 off 15 balls) and debutant Ok Mukunth (2 off 5 balls), didn’t enable the rival batsmen to settle in and finally bowled them out for 135 in 19 overs. 

Left-arm pacer Thangarasu Natarajan enhanced his repute as a death-over specialist by claiming 4 wickets in his second spell (3-0-20-4) after conceding 13 runs in his first over.

When Natarajan got here to bowl his second spell, RTW weren’t far off at 105-4, needing one other 57 runs from 36 balls. The 28-year-old quick bowler from Salem made a right away influence with a double strike, dismissing Saravana Kumar P (2) and Lakshminarayan Vignesh (0) off successive deliveries. He completed the sport similarly by claiming two wickets in successive balls, claiming RTW wicketkeeper Mani Bharathy (17) and tailender M Poiyamozhi (9).

Earlier, a late cost by all-rounders Antony Dhas (32 off 13 balls, 2 fours, Three sixes) and Akkil Srinaath (36 not out off 22 balls, Four fours, 1 six) powered LKK to a aggressive complete. The eighth-wicket partnership of 52 runs off 28 balls between Dhas and Srinaath was central to the rearguard motion as they collected 60 runs from the final 5 overs.

Dhas, who almost pulled off a surprising victory for LKK in opposition to Tuti Patriots by blasting a 26-ball 63, laden with 7 sixes and a couple of fours at NPR Faculty Floor, Natham, Dindigul, continued from the place he had left within the final recreation. Within the firm of left-handed Srinaath, they collectively clobbered 6 fours and Four sixes within the final quarter of the innings.

Left-arm spinner Kannan Vignesh was on the receiving finish, conceding 50 runs in his 4 overs for the costliest evaluation of the season.

Earlier, his namesake and quick bowler Lakshminarayanan Vignesh bowled a superb spell conceding simply 12 runs in 4 overs, dismissing opener Shahrukh Khan (11). With captain Abhinav Mukund mistiming a pull and providing a tame catch to mind-on, off medium-pacer P Saravana Kumar, LKK have been in bother at 18-2 within the fourth over.

However wicketkeeper Pradosh Ranjan Paul (34 off 36 balls, Three fours, 1 six) and Malolan Rajagopal (22 off 16 balls, Three sixes) defied the RTW bowlers by placing on 45 runs off 34 balls for the third wicket. Although each have been again within the pavilion by the 14thover, that they had managed to set it up properly for Dhas and Srinaath.

Dhas capped a very good day for LKK by claiming a wicket in his three overs (1-15).

The winners won’t have a lot time to have fun their success as they are going to be enjoying once more on Sunday night in opposition to an in-form Chepauk Tremendous Gillies. Ruby Trichy Warriors will journey to NPR Faculty floor, Natham, Dindigul for his or her subsequent match, in opposition to Siechem Madurai Panthers, on Wednesday (July 31).

Temporary scores: Lyca Kovai Kings 161-6 in 20 overs(Pradosh Ranjan Paul 34, Malolan Rangarajan 22, Anthony Dhas 32, Akkil Srinaath 36 not out; Lakshminarayanan Vignesh 1-12, M Poiyamozhi 2-22, Kannan Vignesh 2-50) beatRuby Trichy Warriors 135 all out in 19 overs (S Aravind 21, Aditya Barooah 27, Adithya Ganesh 24; Krishnamoorthy Vignesh 2-12, Thangarasu Natarajan 4-33) by 26 runs.

Toss: LKK, choose to bat

Factors:Lyca Kovai Kings; Ruby Trichy Warriors

Umpires:R Rajesh Kannan, M Kuppuraj. TV umpire:M Ashwin Kumar.

Match referee:S Sharath.

MATCH AWARDS

Sankar Cement Man of the Match:Antony Dhas (LKK)

Sankar Cement Most 6s:Malolan Rangarajan, Antony Dhas (each LKK)

TCM-Nippon Paint Atom Finest All-rounder:Pradosh Ranjan Paul (LKK)

SNJ VSOP Adhiradhi 4:Akkil Srinaath (LKK), Aditya Barooah (RTW).

BKT Tyres Commander of the Match:Antony Das (LKK)

Sprite Juicy+ Refreshing Participant:Krishnamoorthy Vignesh (LKK), Lakshminarayanan Vignesh (RTW)

TVS Most Priceless Participant of the Match:Malolan Rangarajan (LKK)

Sharon Ply Sturdy Performer of the Match:Thangarasu Natarajan (LKK)

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