TNPL: Another big win for Dindigul

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 19, 2018 03:16 PM IST

Dindigul: Dindigul Dragons recorded their second consecutive win in the 2018 Sankar Cement-TNPL as they defeated Lyca Kovai Kings by eight wickets at the NPR College Ground, Natham, here on Wednesday.

Chasing a target of 186, Dindigul made light work and managed to complete the chase with eight wickets in hand with 14 balls remaining.

The Dragons displayed their batting might once again as they never allowed the Kovai Kings bowlers to dictate the terms. The hero of the night for Dindigul Dragons was NS Chaturved.

The 22-year-old right-handed batsman blasted 72 runs from 36 balls with five boundaries and six sixes. Narayan Jagadeesan continuing his fine form, scored an unbeaten 66(50b,5x4,2x6).

Dindigul Dragons have now won two of their three matches while Lyca Kovai Kings suffered their first defeat. Earlier, Lyca Kovai Kings opener Shahrukh Khan played a stroke-studded 86 (54b,7x4,4x6) while his partner Abhinav Mukund was run-out early in the innings.

Wicket-keeper batsman R Rohith was batting dangerously until the bowling captain R Ashwin brought himself on in the attack to castle him.

Batting at No 5, Akkil Srinaath stepped up with the bat and raised a smashing partnership of 107 from 64 balls for the fourth wicket with Shahrukh Khan. Srinaath remained unbeaten on 54(40b,4x4,3x6) as Kovai Kings posted 185/5 in 20 overs.

"There are a few positives to take from the game. We batted really well tonight, Akkil Srinaath's knock was a boost for the team. We did make a few mistakes in our bowling but we will definitely work on them and come back stronger in the next game," said Shahrukh Khan.

About his knock, he said "I was seeing the ball really well tonight. I had my full concentration, and I was connecting the ball well. I am happy with how I played."

He also said that his team would be aiming for a total of 200 in the upcoming games.

Dindigul's M Mohammed said it was a difficult wicket to bowl on, "The ball came nicely on to the bat, and accuracy is very important otherwise you will be hit for boundaries and sixes. We had clear plans in our mind and we executed them well."

"Our captain Ashwin has been guiding us well, and we are putting the ideas into practice. We all recognise our roles, and we are performing well as per them. It is all about continuing the winning momentum from here on," he said.