TNPL 2022: Madurai Panthers registered their second consecutive win after beating Lyca Kovai Kings by 2 wickets on Thursday. With that win, they have moved to the number 2 position on the points table. The Panthers restricted Lyca Kovai Kings to 151 runs in the first innings. Opener Suresh Kumar played a handy knock of 46 runs in 22 balls, however, his partner, Ganga Sridhar Raju got out for a duck. Coming in at number three, Sai Sudharshan also got out on a duck.
Shijit Chandran, unfortunately, got run-out for just 9 runs in 16 balls. At one stage, the Kings had lost 5 wickets for 87 runs on the board. However, skipper Shahrukh Khan then arrived and did some recovery.
He went on to score a fifty off just 38 balls, including 5 fours and 2 sixes. However, once he got out, they lost the plot and couldn’t get the finish that they would have liked. For Panthers, Silambarasan was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 3 for 28 in 4 overs. Besides, the likes of Sunny Sandhu and Kiran Akash also picked 2 wickets each.
In reply, Madurai Panthers chased down the score in 19.5 overs. V Aaditya and Balchander Anirudh also got out on ducks before Arun Karthik and NS Chaturved revived the innings. Arun Karthik played a handy knock of 38 runs in 33 balls but it was NS Chaturved who made the difference with a sensational knock of 75 runs in 45 balls.
Once he got out in the 16th over, wickets fell in quick succession but they managed to chase down the score eventually with one ball left in the game.