TNPL 2024 | Sonu Yadav sizzles with the ball as Royal Kings rule the day

TNPL 2024 | Sonu Yadav sizzles with the ball as Royal Kings rule the day

Fiery spell: Sonu’s five-for reduced the Spartans to just 141.
| Photo Credit: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

The curtains came down on the first leg of the eighth edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League with a photo finish at the picturesque Salem Cricket Foundation Ground as Nellai Royal Kings pipped SKM Salem Spartans by three wickets here on Thursday.

Chasing a modest target of 142, Royal Kings threw caution to the wind and it almost came back to haunt them in the end.

With wickets falling at one end, it took Impact Player L. Suryapprakash’s (43 n.o., 35b, 5×4) sensible batting to take the Nellai side across the line with seven balls to spare.

Nellai Royal Kings’ Suryapprakash plays a shot against SKM Salem Spartans

Nellai Royal Kings’ Suryapprakash plays a shot against SKM Salem Spartans
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E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

Despite losing a couple of wickets, G. Ajitesh (45, 36b, 6×4, 1×6) kept on playing his shots. However, Yazh Arun Mozhi (three for 17) had Ajitesh caught behind and removed Nidhish Rajagopal. The off-spinner trapped Rithik Easwaran in front to throw the cat among the pigeons.

After being asked to bat, Spartans fell meekly in front of Sonu Yadav’s terrific five-wicket haul (five for 30).

B. Emmanuel Cherian caught S. Abishiek off his own bowling before Sonu removed R. Kavin and clipped R. Vivek’s off-stump to peg back the home side.

Robin Bist, Vishal Vaidhya and P. Shijit Chandran, too, departed cheaply before the lower-order batters found some timely boundaries.

However, Sonu & Co. finished what they started and dismissed the Spartans for 141.

The scores:

SKM Salem Spartans 141 in 19.2 overs (Sonu Yadav 5/30, R. Silambarasan 2/32) lost to Nellai Royal Kings 144/7 in 18.5 overs (G. Ajitesh 45, L. Suryapprakash 43 n.o., S. Harish Kumar 2/24, Yazh Arun Mozhi 3/17); Toss: Royal Kings.

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