The sixth edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) began on Thursday night with a dramatic game between defending champions Chennai Super Gillies (CSG) and the Nellai Royal Kings (NRK). The match was tied and the Royal Kings won in the Super Over, with the side chasing a 10-run target with a ball to spare. Earlier, defending champions Chennai were given a 185-run target, and with five required to win on the final ball, S Harish Kumar smashed a four against V Athisayaraj Davidson to force a tie.
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However, the Super Over was not the only dramatic aspect from last night’s game at Tirunelveli. During the run-chase, tempers flared after CSG wicketkeeper-batter and senior Tamil Nadu player Narayan Jagadeesan was ‘Mankaded’ by Baba Aparajith. Jagadeesan had made a strong start to his innings and the sudden dismissal did not sit well with the batter, as he made obscene middle-finger gestures, seemingly towards the NRK players while walking towards the dugout.
Jagadeesan has represented Tamil Nadu in 26 first-class, 36 List A, and 45 T20 matches, and it is likely that action will be taken against him for making the gesture. Additionally, the wicketkeeper-batter is also a part of the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings since 2018, and played in 2 matches in the recently-concluded edition of the tournament.
Earlier in the game, NRK opener Laxmesha Suryaprakash (62) and Sanjay Yadav (87 *) shined with the bat to take the Royal Kings to a strong score of 184/4 in 20 overs.
Super Gillies captain Kaushik Gandhi (64) top-scored for the side, and even as S Harish Kumar (26 * off 12 balls) produced a strong performance in the final overs, the side could only level the score before eventually going down in the Super Over.
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