Salem downs Madurai, eliminates Panthers from playoffs

The Salem Spartans played the Seichem Madurai Panthers in a tough TNPL 2021 game that ended with the latter getting eliminated from the competition. 

The Spartans won the game by 11 runs after they came into the match guns blazing hoping to qualify for the playoffs. The Panthers, who were also looking to secure a playoff spot, lost early wickets such as Arun Katrthik’s one, which gave the Spartans the opening they needed to take the match. 

Sita Ram and Chaturved put on a great showing at the beginning of the match that posed a real danger to their opponents’ efforts. However Ashwin soon delivered two-game changing blows. First he eliminated Chaturvedi, which also lead to Kousik’s removal. This completely changed the course of the game, allowing Sita to toil his way to 50 runs. However, he couldn’t get the big hits just like Shahjahan, who played poor innings with very little aim. 

The Spartan bowlers were on point and focused in this game. At the beginning of the innings, they kept the Panthers at bay, with Periaswamy and Murugan Ashwin picking 2 wickets apiece. However it was Ganesh who showcased the most skill as a bowler, conceding less than 4 runs per over. 

The Madurai Panthers had accumulated 5 points and were position 5 in the league tables with only 2 wins out of the 6 games they had played. The Salem Spartans vs. Madurai Panthers match, however, dashed any hopes Madurai had of making the playoffs this year.

The TNPL 2021 playoffs continue Aug. 13 with Qualifier 2 at 7:30 p.m. The finals are set for Aug. 15. Keep it here for more TNPL updates. Read all the latest sports news here just follow Pure Win News for further updates. 

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