Chennai, August 8: Ruby Trichy Warriors trounced defending champions Chepauk Super Gillies by seven wickets to top the Shriram Capital Tamil Nadu Premier League standings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.
Nidhish Rajagopal was the architect of Trichy’s run chase as he struck a fluent 66 not out off 58 balls (8 fours, 2 sixes) to help his side win with five balls to spare. Chasing 133, Trichy scored 136-3 to notch their fifth victory of the season. They finished with 10 points from 7 matches, ahead of Chepauk who ended on the second spot with 9 points. Dindigul Dragons (8 points) and Lyca Kovai Kings (7 points) completed the top four.
This match was a dress rehearsal to Qualifier 1 to be held on Tuesday evening (August 10) when both teams will lock horns again for a spot in the final. Dindigul will meet Kovai on the next day (August 11) in the Eliminator. Monday (August 9) is a rest day.
The 21-year-old Rajagopal anchored the chase to perfection, first putting 39 runs off 32 balls for the second wicket with opener Santosh Shiv (25 off 21 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) and then a strong 75-run alliance off 61 balls with Adithya Ganesh (24 off 25 balls, 1 four, 1 six).
The left-hander Rajagopal, who registered his maiden fifty in the tournament, was elated that Trichy defeated the defending champions. “It’s an amazing feeling to have scored my maiden fifty but it’s even better knowing that people say that Chepauk is the favorites and the best team in the league and beating them so comfortably gives us a lot of satisfaction,” he said.
Left-arm spinner Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore maintained his stature as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament with another miserly spell of 4-0-13-1.
Earlier, young Sunderaraman Radhakrishnan stood tall among the ruins to ensure Chepauk put up a competitive total on board. The 22-year-old from Coimbatore struck a defiant 55 off 50 balls (6 fours, 1 six) to keep the Trichy attack at bay. Their innings eventually folded up on the final ball of the innings for 132.
Only three other batsmen could reach double figures, which indicates how difficult it was for Chepauk to get going. It is against this backdrop that Radhakrishnan carved out a fifty in just his second TNPL game.
The young lad, however, was not quite enthused at the way things turned out for his team. “There’s not much relevance to my 50 because the team winning is of utmost importance. I would have definitely been happy if we had won. We tried giving our best on the field but unfortunately it was not our day,” he said.
The Trichy bowlers were unrelenting with pacer P Saravana Kumar leading the way by picking three wickets for 24 runs. All-rounder Anthony Dhas (2-23), left-arm spinner M Mathivanan (1-24) and captain Rahil Shah (1-23) gave little away to restrict the Chepauk innings.
Brief scores: Chepauk Super Gillies 132 in 20 overs (S Radhakrishnan 55, M Siddharth 14, Jaganath Sinivas 14; Saravana Kumar 3-24, Antony Dhas 2-23, Rahil Shah 1-23) lost to Ruby Trichy Warriors 136-3 in 19.1 overs (Nidhish Rajagopal 66*, Santhosh Shiv 25, Adithya Ganesh 24; Sai Kishore 1-13, Kaushik Gandhi 1-6, Alexandar 1-35) by 7 wickets.
Toss: Chepauk Super Gillies, chose to bat. Debutants: None
Points: Ruby Trichy Warriors – 2, Chepauk Super Gillies – 0
Umpires: J R Madanagopal, M Mohammed Rafi
Third umpire: K Raghuram
Match Referee: SridharanSharath
Koo App Most Number of 6s: Nidhish Rajagopal (RTW)
Shriram Most Number of 4s: Nidhish Rajagopal (RTW)
Dream 11 Game Changer of the Match: Saravana Kumar (RTW)
Upstox Most Valuable Player of the Match: Saravana Kumar (RTW)
BKT Tires– Commander of the Match: Nidhish Rajagopal (RTW)
Shriram Capital Player of the Match: Nidhish Rajagopal (RTW)
Ruby Trichy Warriors v Chepauk Super Gillies (Qualifier-1) at 7:30 pm.
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POINTS TABLE (after 28th Match):
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