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17 Dec 2020
It was a match that moved like a seesaw in the second innings with Rybu Trichy Warriors gaining control at one point and Chepauk Super Gillies being in control at the other. However, Chepauk’s experienced hand Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore kept his cool to deliver a phenomenal final over to deny P Sarvana Kumar and Ruby Trichy Warriors a shot at their maiden Tamil Nadu Premier League title.
Courtesy of Kishore’s tight over, the Warriors couldn’t chase down 13 runs in the last over and fell short by 8 runs in the end to lose the match.
Sarvana Kumar, who played a blinder of an innings to take his team from 108-6 in the 14th over while chasing an imposing target of 184, to a striking distance of 171 in the 19th over, wasn’t able to finish the task. His 25 ball 45 unbeaten in which he hit three fours and three sixes and scored at a strike rate of more than 180, went in vain eventually.
Trichy Warriors, who had eaten Super Gullies twice before this game in the TNPL 2021, once during the league stage and once in the Qualifier started off well adding 40 for the first wicket in the first three overs itself. They were going well even till the 9th over having crossed the 80 run mark while losing only two wickets.
However, the downfall started with Antony Dhas’ wicket in the 10th over and in a span of just 20 runs and four overs, Trichy lost its four wickets. That is when Sarvana Kumar’s rescue act began in partnership with M Mathivanan. The two added 50 runs in just 26 balls before Mathivanan was dismissed and M Poiyamozhi took his place.
Along with Sai Kishore, R Sonu Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for the Gillies, finishing with figures of 2/32 in his four overs.
Earlier in the day, after winning the toss Trichy Warriors invited Super Gillies to bat. The opportunity was utilised well by the likes of Narayan Jagadeesan and Kaushik Gandhi who put on 58 for the first wicket. While Gandhi got out, Jagadeesan continued to plunder and eventually ended up with 90 from 58 balls to guide his team to a mammoth total of 183.
With this win, the Chepauk Super Gilles have now won three out of the five TNPL titles so far.