TNPL 2024: B. Sachin's stellar performance helps Lyca Kovai Kings beat Chepauk Super Gillies in the first match

B. Sachin's top-scoring 63 helped Lyca Kovai Kings post 141 for seven and beat Chepauk Super Gillies by 13 runs in the opening match of the eighth season of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) at the Salem Cricket Foundation (SCF) ground here on Friday.

Chasing a target of 142, the Chepauk side looked set to win comfortably with a 56-run stand for the second wicket between captain Baba Aparajith (38, 29 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) and N. Jagadeesan (18).

But medium pacer M. Mohammed allowed Jagadeesan to miss a pull on a slower delivery, after which Kovai captain M. Shahrukh Khan bowled himself, allowing Aparajith to miss a chance to slog sweep Sachin at long on. Aparajith had earlier smashed a Mohammed delivery for a six over the deep midwicket boundary.

Though Pradosh Ranjan Paul tried his best by scoring 40 runs (4×4) in 32 balls, he could not make a big innings in the end and retired out on the last ball of the 19th over. Mohammad successfully defended 18 runs in the last over.

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Earlier, after Aparajith elected to bowl, medium pacer Tanwar (4/26) dismissed Kovai openers J. Suresh Kumar and S. Sujay in his first two overs, caught at slip and then by the wicketkeeper.

Pradosh Ranjan Paul's throw running from midwicket ran out M. Shahrukh Khan at the non-striker's end, ending Lyca Kovai Kings' powerplay at 34 for three.

Left-handed batsmen B. Sachin (63, 53 balls, 8 fours) and U. Mukesh (31, 25 balls, 3 fours) added 64 runs for the fourth wicket to help the team bounce back.

Sachin swept left-arm spinner Rahil Shah's delivery over short fine leg for a boundary. He also lofted a yorker off Tanwar in the 20th over between short fine leg and the keeper and inside-out swept it over cover for a boundary.

Score: Lyca Kovai Kings 141/7 in 20 overs (B. Sachin 63, U. Mukilesh 31, Abhishek Tanwar 4/26) beat Chepauk Super Gillies 128/6 (Baba Aparajith 38, Pradosh Ranjan Paul 40).

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