About the Match
After an exhilarating win against Madurai Super Giants by a whopping 137 runs in the last match, TUTI Patriots have finished as table-toppers this season with 14 points and will take on second-place holder Chepauk Super Gillies, who have 12 points, in the 1st Qualifier match of TNPL on 15th August at Chennai. The Patriots have been unbeaten so far, winning all the seven league games and are on a high morale; the Super Gillies defeated Dindigul Dragons in the last match and have been on a winning spree too. It will be an evenly fought contest and whichever team can keep a cool head above its shoulders will emerge victorious on Tuesday.
Top-order batsman SP Nathan posted a heroic 77 off 33 while batting first against Super Giant; although others like Washington Sundar, Kaushik Gandhi, Umashankar Sushil and S Aravind failed to impress with the bat, the Patriots clambered to 196 runs in the end with help from captain Subramanian Anand, Akash Sumra and Aswin Crist. Later, the bowlers led by spinners Ganesh Moorthi, who took 3-20, and Aushik Srinivas, who dismissed 2 opponents, squashed the Super Giants’ chase and steered the team towards a big win by 137 runs.
Speedsters like Aswin Crist, Davidson and spinner S Aravind too contributed well to stifle the opponents and they bring depth to the attack. Against Veerans too, the bowlers succeeded to keep the target low and the batsmen chased down 166 with 5 balls to spare. Kaushik Gandhi posted an unbeaten 52 while Washington Sundar, Dinesh Karthik and S Aravind pitched in wonderfully to keep the tempo up.
They are a strong, undefeated team and have done well all-round; they would like to reserve their berth in the finals with a win here on Tuesday.
Chepauk Super Gillies
Against Dindigul Dragons, spinner R Alexander and medium-pacer Anthony Dhas took 2 wickets apiece to stifle the opponents; along with help from Yo Mahesh, Kumaran and Sai Kishore, they restricted Dragons to 145 runs. Later, batsmen like Uthirasamy Sasidev and Anthony Dhas kept the scoreboard ticking by scoring 45 and 38 runs respectively, and took the team to a comfortable win. Gowjith Subhash and Thalaivan Sargunam did well to start the innings on a positive note and they bring stability to the batting line-up along with others like S Karthik, Bhaskaran Rahul and Yo Mahesh.
In the match against Ruby Trichy Warriors, bowling all-rounder Yo Mahesh struck with 3-21 while medium-pacer Kumaran took 2-27. Spinners Sai Kishore and Alexander dismissed one opponent each and they restricted the Warriors to 132. Openers Thalaivan Sargunam then posted a superb 42 while Gopinath partnered well to post 28 off 22 during the chase. Middle-order batsmen Anthony Dhas and Sasidev anchored the innings and scored 39 and 24 runs respectively to steer the team towards a comfortable win by 6 wickets.
The Gillies have done well to keep the winning momentum going and reach the second spot on the table; they will be determined to make it through to the next stage with another win on Tuesday.
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