TNPL: Super Gillies has it easy against Veerans

Chepauk Super Gillies scripted a comfortable six-wicket win over VB Thiruvallur Veerans in the India Cements Tamil Nadu Premier League at the ICL ground on Monday.

Chepauk Super Gillies’ K. H. Gopinath after reaching his half-century in Tirunelveli on Monday.   -  B. Jothi Ramalingam

Chepauk Super Gillies scripted a comfortable six-wicket win over VB Thiruvallur Veerans in the India Cements Tamil Nadu Premier League at the ICL ground here on Monday.

Chasing 127, Gillies lost Thalaivan Sargunam early. But, K.H. Gopinath (54 not out, 55b, 4x4, 1x6), the other opener, and S. Karthik (42, 35b, 7x4) kept the scoreboard ticking without taking too much risk as Gillies scored 41 for one in the PowerPlay.

Both the batsmen continued to play in a similar fashion as Gillies got closer to its target. Their 74-run partnership off 60 balls was broken when Abhishek Tanwar dismissed Karthik in the 13th over. Gopinath, who notched-up his half-century off 49 balls, kept up the good show as Gillies knocked off the required runs with nine balls to spare.

Earlier, Veerans electing to bat, lost C. Hari Nishaanth in the very first over when R. Sathish took a fine catch off his own bowling. N.S. Chaturved (35, 22b, 4x4, 1x6) and skipper B. Aparajith, who came in at No. 3, ensured a steady flow of runs adding 40 off 27 balls before wicketkeeper S. Karthik took a sharp catch off Sathish to dismiss Aparajith. After Veerans made 48 for two in the PowerPlay, Sathish had Chaturved caught and bowled in the next over. S. Siddharth and R. Sanjay Yadav fell in quick succession as Veerans was reduced to 55 for five at the end of nine overs. Malolan Rangarajan (27, 28b, 2x4, 1x6) and R. Rajan steadied the ship putting on a 36-run stand for the sixth-wicket. R. Sai Kishore put paid to Veerans’ hopes of a late acceleration by accounting for both the batsmen. Nevertheless, Abhishek Tanwar’s lusty blows in the final overs helped Veerans post 126 on the board.

Raghav, Hukku ruled out

Albert Tuti Patriots’ Maruthi Raghav and Karaikudi Kaalai’s Shikar Hukku have been ruled out of the India Cements Ltd TNPL 2017 due to injury. All-rounder Santosh Shiv has replaced Maruthi. S Swaminathan has come in place of Shikar.

Brief scores:

VB Thiruvallur Veerans 126-7 in 20 oves (N.S. Chaturved 35, Malolan Rangarajan 27, Abhishek Tanwar 25 not out, R. Sathish 3-17) lost to Chepauk Super Gillies 129-4 in 18.3 overs (K.H. Gopinath 54 not out, S. Karthik 42).

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