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TNPL-5: Sathish Shines in a Rain-Hit Clash

CHENNAI: Rain had the ultimate say in the fifth edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League for the second time in as many days. Following the cancellation of the season opener between Lyca Kovai Kings and Salem Spartans at the MA Chidambaram Stadium due to rain, the Chepauk Super Gillies vs. iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans encounter was also canceled.

However, allrounder Rajagopal Sathish(4-0-10-5) took center stage for Chepauk in the 16.2 available overs, as they had Tiruppur in difficulty at 64 for 7.

Sathish was getting Started

Chepauk elected to take the field after winning the toss-a choice that paid off right away. In the second ball of the innings, Sathish had Tiruppur opener S Dinesh(0) caught by keeper N Jagadeesan. In the second over of the day, given by D Rahul, Sathish took a superb catch at slip diving to his left, dismissing S Siddharth (1). (1-13).

On a wicket that favored medium-pacers, the 40-year-old kept it tight. He kept the batters guessing by changing his pace. Sathish finished with a five-wicket haul after dismissing S Aravind(7), P Francis Rokins(0), Tushar Raheja(6), and R Rajkumar (0). While Francis and Rajkumar were caught leg-before, Aravind and Tushar have dismissed thanks to Jagadeesan’s superb catches behind the wickets.

After colleague Ramadoss Alexandar’s 5-9 versus Ruby Trichy Warriors in Tirunelveli in2019, Sathish’s bowling numbers were the second-best in the event. By the time Sathish finished his four-over quota, the game was already over. Tiruppur’s score was 30 for 6 in 7 overs. Tiruppur was in a terrible position at half-time, with a score of 43 for 7.

Brief scores:

Dream Tiruppur Tamizhans 64 or 7 in 16.2 overs (R Sathish 5-10) vs Chepauk Super Gillies. Match abandoned due to rain.


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