Arun Karthik's ton powers Madurai Panthers to 23-run win over Lyca Kovai Kings
Lyca Kovai Kings' skipper Abhinav Mukund demoted himself to the middle order and scored a half-century, but that did not come at a clip quick enough to keep the Kings in the race.
Madurai Panthers 195-5
Lyca Kovai Kings 172-9
Madurai Panthers won by 23 runs
Madurai Panthers got off to a blinder with them crossing 40 runs in the first four overs. After opener Sarath Raj was dismissed, Arun Karthik further put his foot on the pedal and started finding the boundary on a consistent basis.
A few wickets fell in the middle order but nothing could stop Arun Karthik from going hard at the bowlers. He finally found support in Jagatheesan Kousik who matched him shot for shot as the duo took the Panthers to 195 from their five overs.
Amid all the Vikings' bowlers going for runs, Ajith Ram stood out as he conceded just 17 runs from four overs, while picking up two wickets.
Lyca Kovai Kings' skipper Abhinav Mukund demoted himself to the middle order and scored a half-century but that did not come at a clip quick enough to keep the Kings in the race.
Ultimately, the target proved too much for them, which was made even stiffer by Selva Kumaran's four-wicket haul.
Lyca Kovai Kings- Abhinav Mukund, Shahrukh Khan, B Anirudh Sita Ram, Antony Dhas, Akkil Srinaath, N Mohammed Ashik, S Ajith Ram, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, T Natarajan, Jaganath Sinivas, Muhammed Khan
Madurai Panthers- Arun Karthik, A Sarath Raj, Shijit Chandran, Adhithya Giridhar, Nilesh Subramanian, Jagatheesan Kousik, Abhishek Tanwar, R Mithun, Kiran Akash, Rahil Shah, N Selva Kumaran
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