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Salem Spartans Scored 120-9 In 20 Overs In 1st Inning TNPL 23rd Match

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Chennai, August 5: Nellai Royal Kings bowlers kept the Salem Spartans on a tight leash and restricted them to 120-8 in their Shriram Capital Tamil Nadu Premier League match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Thursday.

Spinners NS Harish (2-12), Sanjay Yadav (1-18), and captain Baba Aparajith (2-23) shared the bowling honors.

Barring the third-wicket partnership of 64 runs off 51 balls between star all-rounder Vijay Shankar (41 off 35 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes) and Abishiek Selvakumar (25 off 21 balls, 2 fours) there was nothing to shout about in the Salem batting. The Salem innings just gave away once this partnership was broken in the 12th over when Abishiek was bowled

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by Yadav. From 69-2 after 11 overs, they could add just 51 runs in nine overs for the loss of six wickets.

Salem suffered a blow before the game when their captain Daryl Ferrario was ruled out due to a twisted ankle. KH Gopinath stepped in his place and made a good start by winning the toss but the batsmen failed to back that call.

It was a big occasion for the tournament as this was the 150th  match, an indication of an impressive journey that began in 2016.

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Brief scores: Salem Spartans 120-8 in 20 overs (Vijay Shankar 41, Abishiek S 25, Lokesh Raj 15; NS Harish 2-12, B Aparajith 2-23, Athisayaraj D 2-24) vs Nellai Royal Kings

Toss: Salem Spartans, chose to bat. Debutants: T Veeramani (NRK)

Points: Salem Spartans, Nellai Royal Kings

Umpires: M G Saidharshan Kumar, Rakesh Raghavan

Third umpire: M Madhu  

Match Referee: Vijeylaxmi  

Tomorrow’s match:

Chepauk Super Gillies vs Lyca Kovai Kings at 7:30 pm.

Live on: Star Sports Tamil, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2HD, Disney+ Hotstar from 7:30 pm.

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