Siechem Madurai Panthers registered their first win in the history of this competition with a victory over Chepauk Super Gillies by a margin of 26 runs on Monday. .
Winning the toss, the side from Chennai elected to field first. Chepauk made one change after going down to Trichy in a narrow defeat, while for the Panthers, Nilesh Subramanian was drafted in to strengthen their batting lineup.
The Gillies started the game really well, thanks to Sunny Kumar Singh and Murugan Ashwin who were able to dismiss Rohit Damodaren and Arun Karthick early on. M Siddarth put the opponents in much deeper trouble by knocking Thalaivan Sargunam out for a measly score of 5. However, Shijit Chandran and Nilesh Subramanian batted together and kept the scorecard ticking with some extravagant shots. It was Chepauk’s strike bowler yet again coming away with Nilesh’s wicket. Shijit looked in good touch, but he headed back to the pavilion for a score of 37. Kousik Jagatheesan and Abhishek added 49 runs towards the end. That put a feasible total of 153 on board. Murugan Ashwin and Sunny Kumar Singh were the star turners for us with 3 wickets each.
Chepauk were off to a moderate start with stumbling run rate. Skipper Gopinath was dismissed by Abhishek Tanwar in the fourth over for a score of 8. Ganga Sridhar Raju and Karthik were slowly building a partnership, but Thalaivan Sargunam’s direct hit reduced Ganga Sridhar’s innings to 24. Rahil Shah picked his first wicket, when Sasidev was bowled. Karthik was the next to follow him when he chose to heave the ball, but he ended up finding Abhishek Tanwar’s hand. Wickets kept on piling at one end of the field, whereas at the another side, Murugan Ashwin was slowly compiling runs to bring the momentum back. But, the spinner along with Sivakumar and Sunny Kumar Singh were beaten by the spinner Varun Chakravarthy and Rahil Shah. Subsequently, dismissal of Vishal and Alexander meant Madurai winning their first game. Stand out performers for Madurai were their spinners Varun Chakravarthy and Rahil Shah.
With back to back defeats, the defending Champions will be looking to put things back to place when they face Karaikudi Kaalai on July 21. Hemang Badani and Co are determined to fight hard and bag the available two points.