TNPL: Madurai Panthers beats Dindigul Dragons

Siechem Madurai Panthers coasted to a seven­-wicket victory over Dindigul Dragons at the NPR College grounds in Natham on Thursday.

Mokit Hariharan of Dindigul Dragons plays a shot during the Match 13 of Dindigul Dragons and Siechem Madurai Panthers of the sixth edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League, 2022 at the NPR College Ground, Dindigul on 07th July 2022.

Mokit Hariharan of Dindigul Dragons plays a shot during the Match 13 of Dindigul Dragons and Siechem Madurai Panthers of the sixth edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League, 2022 at the NPR College Ground, Dindigul on 07th July 2022. | Photo Credit: TNPL

Siechem Madurai Panthers coasted to a seven­-wicket victory over Dindigul Dragons at the NPR College grounds in Natham on Thursday.

Siechem Madurai Panthers coasted to a seven­-wicket victory over Dindigul Dragons in the Shriram Capital- Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) at the NPR College grounds in Natham (Dindigul district) on Thursday.

Opting to bowl, Panthers’ seamer Sunny Sandhu started off with a wicket maiden. K. Vishal Vaidhya top­-edged a pull and was caught by wicket-­keeper S. Rithik Easwaran, making his debut.

With the PowerPlay yielding just 24, Dragons’ batters began to free their arms. K. Mani Bharathy struck a four and a six off B. Rocky in the seventh over before skipper C. Hari Nishaanth hit a maximum off J. Kousik in the next over.

However, their 51-­run partnership ended when ’keeper Easwara produced a smart piece of work to run out Mani Bharathy. Hari Nishaanth, too, was run out off a direct hit from K.B. Arun Karthick four balls later.

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Sandhu, who picked up the wickets of A.G. Pradeep and R. Vivek to reduce the Dindigul side to 66 for five, finished with impressive fi­gures of 4-­1-­11-­3.

No. 5 R.S. Mokit Hariharan (43 n.o., 31b, 4x4, 1x6) was the lone-­ranger, but Panthers’ bowlers chipped away at the other end.

Thirty came off the final two overs, with Mokit scoring the bulk of the runs and taking Dragons to 122 for nine.

In reply, opener Arun Karthick (41, 31b, 7x4) and B. Anirudh (51 n.o., 34b, 9x4) were partners in progress, their 55-­run alliance for the second wicket powering Panthers to victory with plenty to spare.

After a two-­day break, the TNPL caravan moves to Coimbatore.

The scores:

Dindigul Dragons 122/9 in 20 overs (R.S. Mokit Hariharan 43 n.o., Sunny Sandhu 3/11, Varun Chakravarthy 2/14)  lost to Siechem Madurai Panthers 126/3 in 15.3 overs (K.B. Arun Karthick 41, B. Anirudh 51 n.o.); MoM: Anirudh.

At Coimbatore:

July 10: Nellai Royal Kings vs. iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans (3.15 p.m.); Ruby Trichy Warriors vs. Lyca Kovai Kings (7.15 p.m.).

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