At 10-3 in the third over, Trichy were well served by Adnan’s dash and Adithya’s calm approach and together they put the rival attack to the sword.

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Adnan Khan. (Photo by: R. Parthibhan/Focus Sports/ TNPL)

Chennai, July 25: Ruby Trichy Warriors batsmen held their nerve in a tense finish to upstage Siechem Madurai Panthers by three wickets in their Shriram Capital Tamil Nadu Premier League match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.

The architects of Trichy’s victory were Adithya Ganesh (41 off 44 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) and Muhammed Adnan Khan (53 off 38 balls, 4 fours, 3 sixes) whose defiant partnership of 84 runs off 71 balls turned the tables on Madurai. Although both Adnan and Adithya were dismissed, Trichy’s lower order ensured they ended on the winning side, with one over to spare.

P Saravana Kumar spared the blushes for Trichy with a breezy 15 not out off 9 balls to see the side through. It was the second win for Trichy from three matches and it will be particularly heartening for the side as it came on the back of an eight-wicket loss to Lyca Kovai Kings in their previous match.

Adnan and Adithya helps their team recover

Trichy’s chase began on a disastrous note when they lost opener Amith Sathvik and No.3, Nidhish Rajagopal, off the first three balls without a run on the board, with pacer Rohit Ramalingam doing the damage. Further trouble was in store when the other opener Sumant Jain (4) was trapped leg before wicket by pacer Kiran Akash.

At 10-3 in the third over, Trichy were well served by Adnan’s dash and Adithya’s calm approach and together they put the rival attack to the sword.

“It’s a fantastic win for us,” exclaimed the 30-year-old Adithya. “The most important thing is we have 5 games in 10 days so we can’t let the momentum go. This was one of the most important games because Madurai is a very good side,” he added.

Adithya was effusive in his praise of the 21-year-old Adnan. “He’s a brilliant prospect for Tamil Nadu and I think he’s a very talented cricketer- a terrific fielder and a fearless batsman. I hope he puts his head down and continues the way he played today,” he said.

Rohit Ramalingam, who provided a terrific start to Madurai by claiming two wickets in the first over, felt his batsmen should have scored more runs on the board. “On this wicket, I feel like we were 20 runs short,” he said.

It was disappointing to see Madurai’s Jagatheesan Kousik (2-17) finish on the losing side despite coming up with a brilliant all-round display. He first top-scored for his side and then bowled his heart out to make life difficult for the rivals at the finish, even plucking a brilliant catch at long-on to send back the dangerous Anthony Dhas (2).

Mathivanan steps up

Earlier, Trichy bowlers spearheaded by young left-arm spinner M Mathivanan (2-18) did a commendable job of restricting Madurai to 137-6 in 20 overs.

Madurai openers KB Arun Karthick (17 off 16 balls) and K Rajkumar (18 off 22 balls) appeared to negate Trichy’s decision when they raised 35 runs in 4.4 overs. But once Mathivanan took a brilliant catch diving forward to send back Karthick, Madurai were on the backfoot. The 21-year-old Mathivanan took centre-stage again with a double strike in his second over by dismissing Rajkumar and Rohit Ramalingam (5).

When pacer Sunil Sam claimed Madurai captain NS Chaturved for a first-ball duck in the next over, they were in dire straits. But B Anirudh Sitaram (36 not out off 35 balls, 3 fours) and Kousik (44 off 32 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes) staged a rescue act by stringing a 79-run partnership off 62 balls.

The Trichy bowlers came to haunt Madurai at the finish with pacer P Saravana Kumar (2-31) dismissing Kousik in the 19thover and then M Poiymozhi (1-25) dishing out a superb final over by conceding just three runs and claiming a wicket of M Shajahan (0).

Brief scores: Siechem Madurai Panthers 137-6 in 20 overs (Kousik J 44, Anirudh B 36*, Rajkumar K 18, Arun Karthik 17; Mathivanan M 2-18, Saravana Kumar 2-31, Poiyamozhi 1-25, Sunil Sam 1-31) lost to Ruby Trichy Warriors 138-7 in 19 overs (Adnan Khan 53, Adithya Ganesh 41, Saravana Kumar 15*, Poiyamozhi 10*; Kousik J 2-17, Rohit R 2-32, Kiran Akash L 2-19, Silambarasan R 1-22) by 3 wickets.


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