Lyca Kovai Kings vs Nellai Royal Kings match ended with the former edging past the latter to qualify for the playoffs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday. In a nail-biting finish to one of the most awaited TNPL 2021 Matches, Lyca captain, Musa Shahrukh Khan played brilliantly and brought up the team’s total to 169. However, the Nellai batsmen proved too heavy for the Lyca bowlers, until Abhishek Tanwar came to pick the crucial wickets. Finally, Nellai was stopped at 162-8 in twenty overs.
In one of the most intense TNPL 2021 Matches, the following are the moments that stood out.
Nellai openers Laxmesha Surya and Baba Aparajith started the innings with a strong alliance that fetched 37 runs to the team. However, the joy was short-lived since VAidheeswaran soon claimed three wickets. Even U Mukilesh (2-6) and S Ajith Ram played well and picked up some crucial wickets at the right moment.
In a battle between Aparajith and Shahrukh Khan, the latter usually has a better control over the match. However, Aparajith changed the game for this Lyca Kovai Kings vs Nellai Royal Kings match with exceptional off-spin bowling. The 27-year-old skipper took three wickets, i.e., Raju, Bhardwaj Sai Sudharsan, and MA Atheeq Ur Rahman. His bowling spell ended with a superb figure of 4-0-13-3. But it was clearly not his team’s day on the 27th match of TNPL.
After all the TNPL 2021 Matches, both Lyca and Nellai had the same points in points table, but the former won due to a better run rate. When the former had the net run rate of -0.088, the latter fell short at -0.485.