In a nail-biting encounter at the Salem Cricket Foundation Stadium on Saturday, the Nellai Royal Kings emerged victorious over the Siechem Madurai Panthers by a mere four runs in the Eliminator match of the TNPL. The high-stakes clash kept fans on the edge of their seats until the final ball.
Chasing a daunting target of 212 runs, the Panthers needed six runs off the last delivery to secure a dramatic win. However, left-arm spinner Mohan Prasath displayed nerves of steel as he held his composure against P. Saravanan, allowing just a single run and denying the Panthers a miraculous victory, despite being hit for a maximum off the penultimate delivery.
With this hard-fought win, the Nellai Royal Kings have earned the opportunity to face off against the Dindigul Dragons in Qualifier 2, scheduled for Monday, July 10, at the Indian Cement Company Ground in Tirunelveli.
NRK vs SMP: Eliminator Match Report
The Eliminator match saw the Siechem Madurai Panthers fighting gallantly until the last three overs. V Aaditya and Swapnil Singh played crucial roles in resurrecting their innings after the early dismissal of their openers, skipper Hari Nishanth and Suresh Lokeshwar.
The duo partnered a formidable 98-run partnership, propelling their team past the 170-run mark. However, Sonu Yadav and M Poiyamozhi of the Nellai Royal Kings turned the tide in their favour, ultimately securing an important victory.
In the first innings, after winning the toss, the Nellai Royal Kings unleashed a barrage of aggressive batting, amassing a commanding total of 211 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Nidhish Rajagopal, Rithik Easwaran, and Ajitesh Guruswamy showcased their batting prowess, driving their team’s innings.
Rajagopal, in particular, delivered a career-best performance, smashing 76 runs off just 50 deliveries. Easwaran’s blistering knock of 29 runs off 10 balls played a crucial role in propelling the Kings past the 200-run mark.
When is TNPL 2023 Qualifier 2 between DD and NRK? – Date
Qualifier 2 will pit Dindigul Dragons and Nellai Royal Kings on Monday, July 10.
When will TNPL 2023 Qualifier 2 between DD and NRK start? – Time
The Dindigul Dragons vs Nellai Royal Kings Qualifier 2 clash will begin at 7:15 IST.
What is the TNPL 2023 Qualifier 2 venue for DD vs NRK clash?
The DD vs NRK clash of TNPL 2023 Qualifier 2 will be held at the Indian Cement Company Ground in Tirunelveli.
TNPL 2023 Qualifier 2: DD vs NRK Full Squads
Adithya Ganesh (wk), R Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy, Baba Indrajith, Subodh Bhati, Advaith Sharma, Vimal Khumar, P Vignesh, ME Tamil Dhileepan, Affan Khader, S Arun, Rohan Bhutra, VP Diran, Hemanth Kumar, Kishoor, Boopathi Kumar, P Saravana Kumar, C Sarath Kumar
Nellai Royal Kings
Arun Karthik (wk), Sandeep Warrier, Adithya Arun, Guruswamy Ajitesh, Sonu Yadav, Aswin Crist, M Poiyamozhi, P Sugendhiran, Sri Neranjan, L Suryaprakash, J Rohan, Emmanuel Cherian, NS Harish, N Kabilan, Karthick Manikandan, R Mithun, S Mohan Prasath, SJ Arun Kumar, Ritwik Easwaran, Nidhish Rajagopal
DD vs NRK Probable Playing XI
Dindigul Dragons: Vimal Khumar, Shivam Singh, Baba Indrajith (c & wk), Adithya Ganesh, Boopathi Kumar, Suboth Bhati, P Saravana Kumar, M Mathivannan, Varun Chakaravarthy, Aushik Srinivas, G Kishoor
Nellai Royal Kings: Arun Karthik (c), Laxmesha Suryaprakash, Ajitesh Guruswamy, Rithik Easwaran (wk), Nidhish Rajagopal, Sonu Yadav, P Sugendhiran, NS Harish, M Poiyamozhi, S Mohan Prasath, Sandeep Warrier
TNPL 2023 Qualifier 2: How to watch DD vs NRK clash?
The TNPL 2023 Qualifier 2 will be broadcast on Star Sports Network networks. On the other hand, fans can use the Fancode App to watch the match online.