Karaikudi loses but secures playoffs berth

Patriots needed to chase the target of 165 in 18.4 overs to get its net run rate past Lyca Kovai Kings and seal its berth in the playoffs but could only manage to do it in 19.2 overs.

R. Srinivasan plays a shot en route to his unbeaten 46.   -  R. Ragu

In a game that saw wild swings in momentum between both sides, Karaikudi Kaalai managed to win the crucial moments even though it lost to Tuti Patriots in the final league game of the TNPL to secure its place in the playoffs.

Patriots needed to chase the target of 165 in 18.4 overs to get its net run rate past Lyca Kovai Kings and seal its berth in the playoffs but could only manage to do it in 19.2 overs.

Openers Kaushik Gandhi and S. Dinesh wasted no time in getting the chase off in style as they added 45 in the first four overs.

Dinesh delivered some blows straight down the ground of left-arm spinner Mohan Prasath while Gandhi went across on the leg-side picking few sixes.

However, Kaalai struck back in the fifth over with off-spinner Swaminathan picking both the openers.

Patriots was pegged back to 75 for three by the tenth over before the experienced R. Satish and Anand Subramaniam started a rescue act.

The duo added 48-runs for the fourth wicket off just 30 balls but once Anand was dismissed the target went beyond their reach.

Satish remained unbeaten on 57 off 34 balls with six boundaries and two sixes.

Earlier, put into bat Kaalai’s top order set the foundation for a big score with openers S. Aniurdha and V. Aaditya putting up a 66-run partnership.

The openers played sensibly and raced to 50 for no loss at the end of power play without taking much risks as Aaditya dealt in boundaries.

Patriots came back post the power play with Sai Kishore bowling Anirudha and Jesuraj accounting for Aaditya caught and bowled.

Between the seventh and 15th over, Kaalai managed only 61 runs losing four wickets.

However, R. Srinivasan turned the tide back towards his side as he sent the Patriots on a leather hunt.

Srinivasan first sent pacer Jesuraj over long on for a six and before sending spinner Sai Kishore over the same place.

Srinivasan finished unbeaten on 46 off just 29 balls to help Kaalai post a competitive score of 164.

Brief Scores:

iDream Karaikudi Kaalai 164 for six in 20 overs (R. Srinivasan 46 n.o., V Aaditya 37, Anirudha Srikkanth 28, Athisayaraj Davidson 2/ 35) lost to Jones Tuti Patriots 165 for six in 19.2 overs (R Satish 57 n.o., Anand Subramanian 32, S Swaminathan 3/ 22).