Outstanding bowling performance by Mohan Prasath saw Karaikudi Kaalai defeat Dindigul Dragons by 7 runs at the ICL Ground, Sankarnagar, and helped them stay in contention in the India Cements Ltd TNPL 2017.
In a crucial match, Karaikudi Kaalai won the toss and elected to bat. Karaikudi were missing the services of S Anirudha who had still not fully recovered from his groin injury. This prompted Karaikudi to promote R Rajkumar up to order to open along with Vishal Vaidhya. Rajkumar’s stay at the center though was short lived as he fell for a duck as T Natarajan’s nagging line saw him mistime a ball to mid-on in the third over. Natarajan could have had another scalp in the same over but a spilled chance saw R Srinivas get a second life.
On a slow track, the batsman found scoring runs as a challenge. Srinivas and Vaidhya had the highest partnership for their side scoring 34 runs of 31 balls.
At the half way stage Karaikudi were 68/2 as Vaidhya and skipper Badrinath then anchored the innings in the middle stage. Wilkins Victor got the break through removing Vaidhya for a well-made 41.
Shajahan came and hit some huge hits to up the run-rate. A slew of wickets saw the run-rate dip before some big hits saw them post a competitive 150.
Victor and MS Sanjay picked up a pair of wickets each. Dindigul conceded 19 extras which didn’t help their cause either. Subramania Siva and Ganga Sridhar Raju got Dindigul off to a good start as they had an opening partnership of 34 runs. C Ganapathy finally got Siva holed out to short fine leg.
N Jagadeesan came in and seemed to have found his range as he hit a few boundaries before he was trapped plumb by Suresh Babu. Left arm spinner Mohan Prasath changed the complexion of the game as he took Wilkins Victor and Sunny Kumar of successive deliveries.
R Vivek waged a lone battle as he tried to get his side within touching distance. His innings of 32 of 21 balls consisted of one boundary and three sixes. R Vivek also hit the 200th sixth of the tournament. The seventh wicket partnership between Vivek and Kishan Kumar was the best for the side as they scored 48 runs before Vivek nicked one to the keeper.
Mohan Prasath was the stand-out bowler as he picked up four crucial wickets and was at his economical best.
Brief scores: Karaikudi Kaalai 150/7 in 20 overs (Vishal Vaidhya 41, 37b, 2x4, 2x6, S Badrinath 26, 28b, 2x4; Wilkins Victor 2/29, MS Sanjay 2/32) beat Dindigul Dragons 143 all in 20 overs (R Vivek 32, 21b, 1x4, 3x6, Ganga Sridhar Raju 27, 34b, 2x4, 1x6; Mohan Prasath 4/23, C Ganapathy 2/39) by 7 runs