The end was explosive. And the Dindigul Dragons breathed fireplace.
Its onslaught in direction of the top of the innings, blasting 73 runs in 5 overs, was the decisive part of the competition.
The up-beat Dragons, defending 175, outplayed Siechem Madurai Panthers by 45 runs on the NPR Faculty floor to enter the ultimate of Sankar Cement-TNPL right here on Tuesday.
The aspect, with out its captain R. Ashwin and led by N. Jagadeesan, received one other factor proper. The vital facet of defending totals is choosing wickets and the Dragons did simply that underneath floodlights.
Dangerman Ok.B. Arun Karthick, achieved in by change of tempo, was held within the deep off paceman R. Rohit. This was an enormous second.
Opener Sarath Raj was touchdown some hefty blows however was foxed and bowled by a fizzy googly from leg-spinner M. Abhinav.
With the asking price climbing, the battling J. Kousik, a giant hitter, was picked up at long-on off left-arm spinner M. Silambarasan, who diverse his trajectory cleverly.
Even the influential Abhishek Tanwar discovered the going powerful — the pitch too slowed down — and performed on to paceman Adithya Arun.
Earlier the Panthers bowlers, unable to execute plans and getting key deliveries fallacious, misplaced the plot ultimately overs after Dragons gained the toss.
Identified for his organised batting rooted in sound defence, N.S. Chaturved confirmed a outstanding transformation in his strategy, blitzing a 13-ball 35.
He swung seamer Kiran Akash for six after which smoked the bowler down the bottom for the utmost.
M. Mohammed, a paceman who can also be a compelling striker of the ball, launched a brutal onslaught on the Panthers assault, slashing and clubbing Tanwar over long-on for sixes.
His nine-ball unbeaten 32 left the Panthers gasping for breath. Akash, now the very best wicket-taker on this TNPL with 17, additionally took a pounding,
Effectively begun is half achieved they are saying and the opening pair has been Dragons’ power. The appropriate-left mixture of Jagadeesan (50, 46b, 3×4, 2×6) and Hari Nishaanth (51, 46b, 3×4, 2×6) fed off one another, disrupting bowlers’ line and mixing solidity with enterprise.
On Tuesday, the pair strung collectively its third century partnership of this TNPL, first constructing a platform after which launching into the bowling.
The floor on the NPR Faculty floor had one thing for the seamers early on however the two openers batted nicely on this interval earlier than launching into extra expansive strokes.
Skipper within the absence of R. Ashwin, Jagadeesan continued to gather runs along with his bat-speed, capability to select size after which discover the gaps.
The grace and circulation in southpaw Nishaanth is difficult to overlook. So is the free and wonderful swing of the willow though he doesn’t floor the bat in his stance. A straight six off seamer Lokesh Raj was a high shot. He was named Man of the Match.
The scores: Dindigul Dragons 175 for six in 20 overs (N. Jagadeesan 50, Hari Nishaanth 51, N.S. Chaturved 35, M. Mohammed 32 not out, Kiran Akash two for 44) bt Siechem Madurai Panthers 130 in 19.5 overs (Sarath Raj 32, J. Kousik 40, R. Rohit three for 20, M. Silambarasan three for 18, M. Abhinav two for 18).