TNPL 2023: Sai Sudharsan sizzles as Kovai Kings rule the roost

Golden run: Sai Sudharsan has hardly put a foot unsuitable today. 
| Picture Credit score: M. PERIASAMY

The seventh version of the Tamil Nadu Premier League couldn’t have had a greater begin as Sai Sudharsan produced an exhibition of high-quality batsmanship. His sensational knock of 86 (45b, 8×4, 4×6) arrange a 70-run win for Lyca Kovai Kings towards iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans on the Sri Ramakrishna School floor right here on Monday.

Requested to bat, Kovai Kings had been decreased to 14 for 3 within the third over earlier than Sai Sudharsan took cost and guided his facet to an enormous whole of 179 for seven. He discovered assist from U. Mukilesh (33), the duo including 82 for the fourth wicket.

In reply, Tiruppur Tamizhans’ chase started nicely as Tushar Raheja (33) and Okay. Vishal Vaidya scored fast runs within the PowerPlay earlier than Shahrukh Khan trapped the latter in entrance.

Mohammed struck twice within the seventh over, eradicating Vijay Shankar and Sai Kishore, as Tiruppur Tamizhans slumped from 42 for one to 47 for 4. The innings fell aside and the Tiruppur facet was bundled out for 109.

Earlier, Sai Sudharsan continued from the place he left off within the IPL, piercing the sector with precision. He began by whipping a rising supply from Vijay Shankar large of mid-wicket earlier than enjoying some elegant drives off the pacers. The 21-year-old then went after left-arm spinner Sai Kishore, hitting him for 3 boundaries within the sixteenth over. The primary of these fours took him to his half-century. Within the closing over, Sai Sudharsan smashed pacer G. Periyaswamy for 3 sixes on the leg-side, his robust wrists coming to the fore in every of these pictures.

His knock deflated Tiruppur Tamizhans they usually by no means recovered.

The scores:

Lyca Kovai Kings 179/7 in 20 overs (Sai Sudharsan 86, U. Mukilesh 33, Shahrukh Khan 25, Vijay Shankar 3/26, Sai Kishore 2/24) bt iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans 109 in 20 overs (Tushar Raheja 33, Shahrukh 3/20, Mohammed 2/11).

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