TNPL: Sasidev stars in Super Gillies' chase

Chasing 146, U. Sasidev and W. Antony Dhas put up a 69-run fourth-wicket partnership to take the Chepauk Super Gillies home with five wickets to spare.

U. Sasidev struck a crucial 45 to lead the Chepauk Super Gillies to a five-wicket victory.   -  V. Ganesan

Chepauk Super Gillies scripted a five-wicket win over Dindigul Dragons in the India Cements Tamil Nadu Premier League at the NPR CET grounds in Natham on Sunday.

Gillies finished second in the table, with six wins and one loss in the league phase, while the Dragons side is out of the tournament.

Chasing 146, Gillies scored 38 for one in the Powerplay. Bowling tight lines and picking up wickets at regular intervals, Dragons’ bowlers put the opposition batsmen under pressure as Gillies managed 63 for three after 10 overs.

However, a fourth-wicket partnership (69 off 42 balls) between U. Sasidev and W. Antony Dhas turned the tide in Gillies’ favour.

Needing, six off three balls, B. Rahul hit a six and sealed the match.

Earlier, opting to bat, Dragons’ openers N. Jagadeesan (53, 42b, 6x4, 2x6) and V. Ganga Sridhar Raju provided a decent start, putting on 33 before W. Antony Dhas took a fine catch off V. Yo Mahesh to dismiss Raju.

Dragons was reduced to 59 for three after R. Alexander castled V. Subramania Siva and Ashwin Venkatraman. Jagadeesan, who kept up the scoring rate with some good strokes, was joined by Wilkins Victor (45, 40b, 3x4, 1x6) in the middle and the duo added 42 off 40 balls to take score past 100.

After Jagadeesan, who reached his half-century off 41 balls, was dismissed in the 14th over, Victor played sensibly to help his team post 145 on the board.

The scores:
Dindigul Dragons 145 for eight in 20 overs (N. Jagadeesan 53, Wilkins Victor 45) lost to  Chepauk Super Gillies 146 for five in 19.4 overs (U. Sasidev 45, W. Antony Dhas 38).