Defending Champions Madurai Panthers hold nerves to win Eliminator on last ball against Kanchi Veerans

Arun Karthik scored a half-century for Madurai Panthers
Arun Karthik scored a half-century for Madurai Panthers
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The Panthers ultimately required 14 off the last over which looked an uphill task but Jagatheesan Kousik hit a six and a four off consecutive deliveries to help Madurai Panthers win by five wickets and move to Qualifier 2.


Match Summary 

VB Kanchi Veerans 151-6

Madurai Panthers 152-5

Madurai Panthers won by 5 wickets 



Kanchi Veerans got off to horrible start with both openers getting dismissed quite early on. With the score reading 6-2 after just nine balls, Sanjay Yadav stepped up to the plate and had partnerships with Baba Aparajith, RS Mokit Hariharan and Rajagopal Sathish.

Yadav remained unbeaten for 77 from 52 deliveries, going at a strike rate of close to 150 and ensured that Kanchi Veerans have a fighting total on the board. Despite two wickets each from Abhishek Tanwar and Rahil Shah, Kanchi Veerans reached 151 which was a decent total.

Arun Karthik then started off very well for Madurai Panthers. However, he did not receive great support from the other end. Things were looking good for the Panthers when skipper Shijit Chandran was at the crease.



The runout of Arun Karthik and then of Akash Sumra changed things. The Panthers ultimately required 14 off the last over which looked an uphill task but Jagatheesan Kousik hit a six and a four off consecutive deliveries.

Abhishek Tanwar then scored the all-important single on the last match to help Madurai Panthers win by five wickets and move to Qualifier 2. 

Madurai Panthers- Arun Karthik, A Sarath Raj, Nilesh Subramanian, Shijit Chandran, Jagatheesan Kousik, Abhishek Tanwar, Akash Sumra, R Mithun, Kiran Akash, N Selva Kumaran, Rahil Shah

VB Kanchi Veerans- K Vishal Vaidhya, Suresh Lokeshwar, Baba Aparajith, P Francis Rokins, RS Mokit Hariharan, R Silambarasan, Sanjay Yadav, Rajagopal Sathish, NS Harish, Rangaraj Suthesh, Aushik Srinivas

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