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TNPL 2018: IDREAM Karaikudi Kaalai Vs VB Kanchi Veerans: Live Score, Commentary & Live Updates

VB Kanchi Veerans 145/8 (20 overs) lost to Karaikudi Kaalai 146/2 (16.3 overs)
Updated: 19 July 2018 22:25 IST - Published: 19 July 2018 15:42 IST
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Kaalai register first win of TNPL 2018

A captain's knock from Anirudha Srikkanth, who ends unbeaten on 93 from just 49 balls helps the Kaalai claim their first win of TNPL 2018. Despite losing an early wicket, thanks to the skipper's exploits, the result was never really in doubt. Towards the end, it was just a question of how much the margin will be and the Veerans didn't help their own cause by dropping catches and making errors in the field.
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SIX! What a way to finish the match as Kaalai skipper ends the game with a six and the Karaikudi Kaalai win by eight wickets with 21 balls to spare.
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Just six singles off that over and the number of runs required is in single digits now.

Kaalai 138/2 after 16 overs
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19 runs came off that over and while the last four and a six was good clean hitting from Srikkanth, the first two boundaries was the result of a dropped catch and a misfield.

Kaalai are on the verge now, with just 15 needed off the last five overs
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If the Veerans go on to lose this one, they only have themselves to blame. Dropped catches and misfields aren't the way to go when you are only defending 146. Poor lines with the ball hasn't done their cause any favor either. Three consecutive fours followed by a six for Srikkanth.

Kaalai 132/2 after 15 overs
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DROPPED! The Kaalai skipper would have had his heart in his mouth there. That went a mile in the air and the breeze was taking the ball away from the fielder, who eventually shells that.

Kaalai 118/2 after 14.3 overs
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Silambarasan back into the attack. Can he provide the Veerans with a much-needed breakthrough?
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Kaalai are doing this comfortably now. Eight runs came off that over and all they have to do is now just be calm and don't throw away their wickets.

Kaalai 113/2 after 14 overs
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41 needed off 42 balls now and the required rate has finally gone down below six. Can the Kaalai see this home?
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After a couple of tight overs, a six and a couple of wides would have been the last thing that the Veerans would have wanted off the 13th over but that is what transpired as Sanjay Yadav's over went for 13 runs.

Kaalai 105/2 after 13 overs
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SIX! R Srinivasan relieves some pressure off the Kaalai skipper with a slog sweep that comfortably clears the mid-wicket boundary. And that also brings up the 100 for his side.
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Just when the Veerans thought they were tightening the screws, Kaalai skipper gets a boundary and gets to his fifty as well. Eight came off that over but Kaalai will want their captain to finish the job.

Kaalai 92/2 after 12 overs
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Another tight over. This time from Sanjay Yadav. Just three runs came off this one and just five have come off the last two overs.

Kaalai 84/2 after 11 overs
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At the halfway stage, Kaalai need 65 more to win and have a well-set Srikkanth closing in on a fifty.
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Successful over for the Veerans but they are still a long way away from winning this game despite a two-run over that produced a wicket. They need to get rid of the Kaalai skipper if they are to have any chance. 

Kaalai 81/2 after 10 overs
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OUT! Maan Bafna has to depart and the Veerans finally pick up a wicket.

Maan Bafna c Lokeshwar b Sunil Sam 24(24)
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Much better over for the Veerans but that still went for seven and didn't produce a wicket.

Kaalai 79/1 after 9 overs
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The bowlers change, the batsmen hitting it have changed but the sixes keep on coming for the Kaalai. And if the Veerans are to have any chance of picking up a win in this one, they need to get rid of the Kaalai skipper soon.

Kaalai 72/1 after 8 overs
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SIX! Bafna isn't content with just watching his captain hit sixes from the other end as he gets in on the act by walking down the track and smoking one into the stands.
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With the skipper on song, Kaalai are scoring sixes at will and cruising along to the target. Even the introduction of Silambarasan does nothing to stem the flow of runs as that over goes for 9.

Kaalai 61/1 after 7 overs
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SIX! Now it is Srikanth who holds the record for most sixes in TNPL with 32. On the pads and that is effortlessly flicked into the stands. He seems to be in a hurry.
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The first four overs were just what the Veerans would have wanted while the last two overs of the powerplay belonged to the Kaalai skipper who hit 29 runs in the eight balls he faced in that period. And just like that the chasing side is in the driver's seat to come out with a win.
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SIX! And he gets there in style as he clears his front leg and hits a flat six over long to go level with Baba Aparajith for most sixes in TNPL history. That also brought up the fifty for the Kaalai inside the powerplay.

Kaalai 52/1 after 6 overs
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Before the start of the fifth over, the Kaalai captain's strike rate was in the 80s and one over was all it took for that to go up over 180. That also brings him just one six away from equaling the record for most sixes (31) in TNPL history.
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After two huge sixes, Anirudha Srikkanth decides to just punch one past cover and then finishes the over with a six that releases any pressure the Karaikudi side might have had. 22 came off that over and just like that the asking rate has come down to under 7.

Kaalai 43/1 after 5 overs
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