TNPL: Kanchi Veerans register first win

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 30, 2018 01:44 PM IST

Tirunelveli: VB Kanchi Veerans pulled off a sensational 14-run win over Lyca Kovai Kings for their first points in the 2018 Sankar Cement-TNPL in a low-scoring encounter at the ICL Sankar Nagar ground in Tirunelveli on Sunday.

Both sides struggled on what proved to be a difficult wicket to bat on. In the end, it was superior fielding and bowling efforts from the Veerans that saw them clinch their first win of the tournament after suffering four successive losses.

The defeat makes  Kovai Kings\92 spot in the Playoffs doubtful.

Kovai Kings had a disastrous start while chasing a target of 117 runs after losing their openers early.

The turning point of the match was when Veerans\92 left-arm spinner Aushik Srinivas removed a well-set Ashwin Venkataraman 35 (37b,3x4) stumped to leave Kovai Kings them struggling at 91/6.

At that point, Kovai Kings required 26 from 13 balls with the tail remaining. R Divakar  conceded only two runs in the penultimate over.  K Deeban, bowling the last over, ensured a 14-run victory.

Aushik Srinivas was the hero of the match for Veerans with a  spell of 3-12 in four overs.

Earlier, Veerans batting struggled against a high-class  Kovai Kings bowling attack.

Veerans  made three changes to the team from the last outing and one of them was opener S Arun who scored 29 (30b,3x4,1x6).

Captain Baba Aparajith remained unbeaten on  41(32b,2x4,2x6) to lift the side to 116/8 in 20 overs. Left-arm spinner S Ajith Ram was the leading wicket-taker for Kovai Kings with 3-16 while left-arm  pacer T Natarajan bowled an extraordinary spell of 4-1-9-1.

"It is very satisfying, a win always feels good, in fact other than the first two games I thought we played good cricket but the results didn\92t go our way.  Like I said earlier, this is a really young team.  But that\92s no excuse. The objective is to win, said coach of the Kanchi Veerans, S Vidyut.

"It was a poor performance. We were never able to get off the blocks. I think the key here on this track - we shouldn't lose too many wickets in the powerplay. Aushik bowled brilliantly. We did a lot of basic mistakes. We could have won this game if we had played with a bit of sense," said the losing captain, Abhinav Mukund.