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TNPL 2018 Eliminator: Lyca Kovai Kings vs iDream Karaikudi Kaalai Live Score, Commentary & Live Updates

Follow all the live updates from Dindigul as Kovai Kings take on Karaikudi Kaalai.
Updated: 09 August 2018 23:02 IST - Published: 09 August 2018 16:01 IST
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Lyca Kovai Kings will now face the Siechem Madurai Panthers in the second qualifier at Dindigul tomorrow at 7.15 PM.
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Lyca Kovai Kings beat iDream Karaikudi Kaalai by 24 runs.
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OUT! Nattu doesn't get the hat-trick but he finishes with a four-fer courtesy of a brilliant catch from MP Rajesh.

Karaikudi Kaalai 113/10 after 19.4 overs
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26 needed off the last five balls. Kovai Kings now just a wicket away from victory. HAT-TRICK ball from Natarajan.
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OUT! Nattu brings out a yorker first ball and the off stumps is uprooted. Kishan Kumar has to go. S Kishan Kumar b T Natarajan 25(21)

Karaikudi 112/9 after 19.1 overs
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T Natarajan to bowl the final over of the innings and he has 26 runs to play with. If he nails his yorkers, it becomes a question about the quantum of loss.
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Antony Dhas concedes seven off his third over and Kaalai now need 26 off the final over.

Karaikudi 112/8 after 19 overs
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33 needed off the last two overs with just two wickets in hand.
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OUT! Natarajan gets his man. Maan Bafna is trapped in front and that surely should be the chase as well. Maan Bafna lbw b T Natarajan 40(38)

Karaikudi 105/8 after 18 overs
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Maan Bafna helps his side cross 100 with a six over long off. They aren't going to chase this now are they?

Karaikudi 103/7 after 17.2 overs
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Just eight came off Antony Dhas' second over and the required rate has jumped up to 14.

Karaikudi 96/7 after 16 overs
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Expensive end to Mithun's spell. 17 runs came off his final over and the required run rate is down to 12.5. The only problem for Karaikudi is the lack of batting to come.

Karaikudi 88/7 after 16 overs
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The 15th over ends with an almost unbelievable catch at backward point by Ajith Ram, who flung himself to his right and just couldn't hold on. Just four came off that over from Antony Dhas.

Karaikudi 71/7 after 15 overs
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This is a slow death for Karaikudi. They aren't racing towards the target but slowly but surely slipping further and further.

Karaikudi 67/7 after 14 overs
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With Shajahan's wicket, it looks like this will be a matter of when and not if Kovai win this game.

Karaikudi 63/7 after 13 overs
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OUT! Shajahan picks out Abhinav Mukund at cover and T Natarajan has a wicket. And that looks like it will be that. M Shajahan c Abhinav Mukund b T Natarajan 8(8)

Karaikudi 62/7 after 12.4 overs
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Another good over of spin and Karaikudi are struggling to find the boundaries.

Karaikudi 55/6 after 12 overs
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An excellent spell of fast bowling from K Vignesh ends with the Tamil Nadu pacer having figures of 3/19 in what is certain to be a match-winning performance.

Karaikudi Kaalai 53/6 after 11 overs
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OUT! R Mithun picks up a wicket. Rajkumar tries to slog but only ends up picking up K Vignesh at short third man. And at the halfway stage, Karaikudi have a mountain to climb. Rajkumar c K Vignesh b Mithun R 14(15)

Karaikudi 50/6 after 10 overs
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Kovai Kings' spinners are tightening their grip on this game. Just two off Rajesh MP's second over.

Karaikudi 42/1 after 9 overs
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Just five off Ajith Ram's third over and he has bowled brilliantly so far.

Karaikudi 40/5 after 8 overs
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Despite conceding a boundary off the last ball that was an excellent start for Rajesh MP. Karaikudi have lost half their side even before crossing 50.

Karaikudi 35/5 after 7 overs
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OUT!  Yo Mahesh is caught behind trying to cut and Kovai are on a rampage. Yo Mahesh c Rohith b Prasanth Rajesh 2(6)

Karaikudi 31/5 after 6.3 overs
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T Natarajan doesn't get a wicket off his first over but ensures that Karaikudi manage just 29 in the power play.

Karaikudi 29/4 after 6 overs
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What an over from K Vignesh that has changed the game on its head. Two runs and two wickets from that over.

Karaikudi 23/4 after 5 overs
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KV on fire!!!! He gets his second of the over and third of the match. Kavin mistimes a pull and offers R Mithun an easy catch at square-leg.

R Kavin c R Mithun b K Vignesh 1(3)
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KV gets his second! Vignesh bowls a slower one and R Srnivasan tried to loft one over mid-off just to offer the mid-off fielder Antony Dhas a simple catch.

Rajhamany Srinivasan c Antony Dhas b K Vignesh 3(4)
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V Aditya tried to sweep one over the short fine-leg fielder, guides one straight into the hands of R Mithun in that position. A wicket and four runs off the fourth over bowled by Ajith Ram. 

KK 21/2 after 4 overs.
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A successful over for Kovai in spite of conceding 11 runs. The wicket of Anirudha gives Kovai a slight chance  to make a come abck. 

KK 17/1 after 3 overs
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After starting the over with two boundaries off the first two balls, Anirudha departs after hitting one straight to Antony Dhas at mid-off. 

Anirudha Srikanth c Antony Dhas b K Vignesh 11 (10)
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S Ajith Ram starts from the other end and does a brilliant job. He gave nothing away for the batsmen and conceded just three runs off his over. 

KK 6/0 after 2 overs
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A decent start by K Vignesh as he concedes just three runs off the first over. 

KK 3/0 after 1 over
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Anirudha Srikanth and V Aditya are out to open the batting. K Vignesh to bowl the first over for Lyca Kovai Kings.
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Can Karaikudi Kaalai chase this down? Join us in 15 minutes to find out.
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This was an innings devoid of any momentum. Their leading run-getter in TNPL 2018 got out early and although Abhinav Mukund hit a fifty, he never really looked in control. On a pitch that hasn't had any demons, Kovai will be kicking themselves for finishing with just 137/8. But they have arguably the best bowling attack in the competition and they will feel that they are still in with a chance. 
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An excellent cameo from Ajith Ram towards the end and Kovai Kings finish with 137/8.
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Rajkumar finishes a splendid spell of fast bowling with figures of 4/30. Just another to over go. It will be bowled by the experienced Yo Mahesh and two bowlers are currently at the crease. What can they do?

Kovai Kings 126/8 after 19 overs
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OUT! Rajkumar picks up another. Mithun clips one onto his stumps and he has to go. Can Kovai play out their overs? R Mithun b R Rajkumar 10(6)

Kovai Kings 125/8 after 18.5 overs
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OUT! Rajesh MP tries to go for the big shot but all he does is pick out R Srinivasan. Another wicket for Kaalai and Kovai continue to struggle. Rajesh MP c R Srinivasan b Rajkumar 10(11)

Kovai Kings 121/7 after 18.3 overs
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Two boundaries in that over and that on drive from Mithun will give Kovai some much-needed confidence. Two overs to go. How much more can they get?

Kovai Kings 119/6 after 17 overs
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11 came off that over from Rajkumar but it also came with the crucial wicket of Ashwin. How crucial will that prove to be?

Kovai Kings 107/6 after 17 overs
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OUT! After back-to-back boundaries from Ashwin Venkataraman, he tries to be too cute, slips and he loses his off-stump. That was the last thing that Kovai would have wanted just as they were gaining some momentum. Ashwin Venkataraman b Rajkumar 15(11)

Kovai Kings 105/6 after 16.4 overs
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Six off Mohan Prasath's final over as he finishes with figures of 0/17. He almost got a wicket off the first ball of the over but the batsman got back in time before the keeper whipped off the bails.

Kovai Kings 96/5 after 16 overs
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With five overs to go, Kovai are slowly losing momentum as they inch closer to 100. Kishan Kumar finishes his spell with figures of 2/27

Kovai Kings 90/5 after 15 overs
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RUN-OUT! They say you never run off a misfield and that is why. Mukund goes for two after a wild throw from the deep and he can't complete the second. Excellent throw from Mohan Prasath and Mukund is gone immediately after his fifty.  Abhinav Mukund run-out (Mohan Prasath/ R Kavin) 51(46)

Kovai Kings 88/5 after 14.4 overs
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FIFTY! Abhinav Mukund gets to his fifty with just lofted drive over long off. His fifty came off 43 balls and came courtesy of excellent movement of his feet.

Kovai Kings 87/4 after 14.1 overs
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Mohan Prasath continues his impressive spell as he concedes just five off his penultimate over, all of which came in singles.

Kovai Kings 80/4 after 14 overs
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Eight runs came off that over from Rajkumar which also produced the crucial wicket of Akkil Srinath. Kovai just can't seem to gain any momentum.

Kovai Kings 75/4 after 13 overs
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OUT! Akkil goes big but slices that to deep point where another excellent catch is taken. This time by Aaditya, who doesn't have to move too much but has to judge the height perfectly to complete the catch. Akkil Srinaath c Aaditya b Rajkumar 5(8)

Kovai Kings 72/4 after 12.4 overs
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After 27 balls, Kovai hit their first boundary. And it comes off the blade of their captain Mukund, who needs to see this through till the end.