Live Updates

  • 11:03 PM IST

    Ruby Kanchi Warriors hold on to their nerves and win the Super Over and with this win the match as well. Lyca Kovai Kings needed 5 off the final delivery and they failed to get it. It was a well fought low-scoring match indeed!

  • 10:48 PM IST

    The Warriors have managed to score 13 in their innings in the Super Over. The Kovai Kings need 14 to win the match. Can they do it?

  • 10:45 PM IST

    Live: Lyca Kovai Kings (126/7) vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors 76/3 in 14 overs| Batting: Baba Indrajith 31 (25), Rajamani Jesuraj 0 (1): What an unbelievable finish to the match. The Warriors needed 9 off the final over, but managed to get just 8 and as a result we have the first ever super over of the TNPL. We had the first century yesterday and now the first super over. This tournament has taken off!

  • 9:48 PM IST

    Live: Lyca Kovai Kings (126/7) vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors 76/3 in 14 overs| Batting: Jagannathan Kaushik 14 (19), Nilesh Subramanian 48 (40): LKK have not taken their chances, have missed opportunities and have dropped catches as well. They might blame their fielding and lost chances if they go on to lose this one. But still anyone’s game this. Nilesh nearing a half-century.

  • 9:36 PM IST

    Live: Lyca Kovai Kings (126/7) vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors 59/3 in 12 overs| Batting: Jagannathan Kaushik 10 (15), Nilesh Subramanian 35 (32): These two have put on a partnership. A necessary one from RKW’s point of view. There have been a few run-out chances and a few difficult catches on offer too. Who knows, it might just boil down to a couple of runs saved. Still in balance this one. Nilesh looking good though.

    68 runs needed of 48 balls!

  • 9:18 PM IST

    Live: Lyca Kovai Kings (126/7) vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors 34/3 in 8 overs| Batting: Jagannathan Kaushik 2 (3), Nilesh Subramanian 19 (20): Indrajith has walked off the field due to a calf injury. This is not good news for RKW. He would have been the anchor for the chase. But now the game is hung in balance.

  • 8:59 PM IST

    OUT! P Chelliah c Akshay Srinivasan b B Arun 6(10) : Hits it straight to covers. Easily taken, no worries. Third wicket down.

    Baba Indrajith comes out to bat.
  • 8:47 PM IST

    Live: Lyca Kovai Kings (126/7) vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors 12/2 in 3 overs| Batting: P Chelliah 5 (4), Nilesh Subramanian 7 (7): What a start this has been from LKK. Early wickets was what they needed, and they have got them. Pressure now on the RKW batsmen. A few boundaries would get them going.

  • 8:39 PM IST

    OUT! Shahrukh Khan c MK Sivakumar b K Vignesh 0(3): Short ball does the trick again. Both new ball bowlers have striked. We’re in for a thriller.

  • 8:35 PM IST

    Shahrukh Khan is the new man in.

  • 8:34 PM IST

    OUT! Bharath Shankar c K Vignesh b M Mohammed 0(4): Trying to pull a short ball, lofts it in the air. Easily taken by Vignesh, wasn’t an easy one. First wicket down.

  • 8:29 PM IST

    And we’re ready for the chase…

  • 8:14 PM IST

    So LKK finish at 126/7 after 20 overs. Splendid effort by the bowlers. Now the question is can they defend it? Stay tuned.

  • 8:12 PM IST

    M Mohammad is the new man in.

  • 8:11 PM IST

    OUT! Sita Ram c Nilesh Subramanian b Rajamani Jesuraj 39(34): Trying to get cheeky, hands it straight to the wicketkeeper. Easy catch.

  • 8:03 PM IST

    Live: Lyca Kovai Kings 106/6 in 18 Overs vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors| Batting: R Ravikumar 2 (3), A Balachanderan 35 (30): LKK need to finish big here. Loss of wickets at regular intervals has hurt them. Just when they were looking to accelerate, those run-outs bogged them down. With Balachanderan there, let’s see how they finish.

  • 8:00 PM IST

    R Ravikumar is the new man in.

  • 7:58 PM IST

    OUT! MK Sivakumar run out (J Kousik) 1(3): Trying to steal a run, sent back by Balachanderan and another direct hit. RKW have been brilliant in the field.

  • 7:53 PM IST

    OUT! JS Mohammad run out (Nilesh Subramanian) 1(5): How good is he! The wicketkeeper. Two tries at the stumps, two hits, two run-outs. Off balance but still manages to hit them. Another wicket down.

  • 7:50 PM IST

    JS Mohammad is the new man in.

  • 7:47 PM IST

    OUT! Harish Kumar run out (Nilesh Subramanian) 25(16): They had taken a single. But tried to take another one, while the bowler spilled the throw from the deep. The keeper’ was there to back up though. Hit the stumps, and sent Harish back to the pavilion.

  • 7:38 PM IST

    Live: Lyca Kovai Kings 74/3 in 13 Overs vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors| Batting: Harish Kumar 13 (8), A Balachanderan 21 (19): The boundaries have been hard to come by. Not that the batsmen haven’t tried. The bowling has been on the mark. LKK need to increase the run-rate here and finish big. It’s not a high scoring pitch of course. Vijay’s wicket was a huge blow to their hopes.

  • 7:27 PM IST

    Murali Vijay’s hit wicket dismissal was pretty similar to the one when Sachin Tendulkar was out hit wicket to Brett Lee. Almost identical.

  • 7:24 PM IST

    S Harish Kumar is the new man in.

  • 7:22 PM IST

    OUT! Murali Vijay hit wicket b J Kaushik 24(28): Trying to work his way, deep into the crease, Vijay’s back heel brings down one bail. Very unfortunate.

  • 7:16 PM IST

    Live: Lyca Kovai Kings 41/2 in 9 Overs vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors| Batting: Murali Vijay 22 (25), A Balachanderan 5 (6): The bowlers have kept it tight. The pitch doesn’t look easy to score on. With that said Vijay needs to hang on and keep the score board ticking for LKK. He can later up the run-rate of course.

  • 7:09 PM IST

    A Balachanderan is the new man in.

  • 7:08 PM IST

    OUT! Akshay Srinivasan b J Kaushik 8(13): A nothing shot really. Trying to hit the ball hard, drags it back onto his stumps. Second wicket down for LKK.

  • 7:01 PM IST

    Live: Lyca Kovai Kings 29/1 in 6 Overs vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors| Batting: Murali Vijay 20 (21), Akshay Srinivasan 4 (5): Murali Vijay is now slowly starting to play his shots. Scored two consecutive boundaries in the 6th over. The outfield is slow. The ball is not reaching the fence easily. J Kousik now comes into the attack.

  • 6:54 PM IST

    Akshay Srinivasan is the new man in. Joins Murali Vijay at the crease.

Greetings everyone! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live match coverage of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) Match No.3 between Lyca Kovai Kings and Ruby Kanchi Warriors. Both the teams will be playing in their first competition and would want to get off to a good start.  A win would give them two points and the much needed kick to get their campaign off to a flyer. The clash between the two teams will take place at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai and it looks a promising one. Indrajith B will lead the Ruby Kanchi Warriors coming from the Kancheepuram district whereas Murali Vijay will be captaining the Lyca Kovai Kings representing the Coimbatore district. Stay tuned as we bring you all the live updates! 

The return of Murali Vijay from the Caribbean where he was a part of India’s Test squad against West Indies, comes as a big boost for Lyca Kovai Kings. Vijay who is known as a opener has played for India in T20Is and also for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League of which he was captain as well in last year’s edition. Vijay by the look of things will play in the first two matches of the TNPL after which he will move to play in the Duleep Trophy for India Green which is taking place in Greater Noida, with the Pink ball. He had suffered an injury to his thumb while playing in the first Test of the four-match Test series against West Indies at Antigua.

Vijay has a fantastic record in the IPL, having played 100 matches and scored 2511 runs at a strike rate of 123.39. His experience will count for a lot when he joins the Lyca Kovai Kings team.

Led by Vijay and coached by former South African cricketer Lance Klusener, Lyca Kovai Kings look a good team, full of energy.

Klusener had earlier said that his knowledge about Indian conditions will come in as an advantage for the team. He said, “I am obviously excited by the new challenge that’s in front of me. It is important to go out there with an open mind and be ready to work with the people who are available. Having played in India and coached there as well, I know what works on those conditions and that to me is big plus.”

On the other hand, mentored by one of the best fast bowlers in the history of cricket, Australia’s Brett Lee, Ruby Kanchi Warriors are a team to watch out for. Kousik J and Shahrukh Khan M are players, who have done well in the domestic competitions.

Kousik especially, known for his swing bowling and is knack of extracting that extra bounce from the pitch, has the chance to improve under Lee. He has played 7 First-class matches.

While, Indrajitjh like Syed Mohammed a part of Tamil Nadu’s Ranji team, their face off will be keenly watched as well. A batting all-rounder Indrajith will be wanting to make his name in the competition more so after his twin brother Baba Aparajith grabbed the limelight after he scored the first hundred of the Tamil Nadu Premier League and lead the VB Thiruvallur Veerans to a five-wicket victory over the Karaikudi Kaalai at Dindigul.

Mohammed, a left-arm spinner who has played in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), has represented Assam in th Ranji Trophy as well. Not only for his bowling but, Mohammed is also known to clear the ropes with his batting. He can score runs quickly and is a a fine all-rounder. He is a clever bowler too, and can keep it tight in the middle overs.

Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Friday that Tamil Nadu players who are participating in the ongoing Duleep Trophy are allowed to play for their respective franchises in the inaugural edition of Tamil Nadu Premier T20 League (TNPL) as well. READ: BCCI allows players participating in Duleep Trophy to play in TNPL

Also, Dean Jones who is a part of the commentary team for the TNPL 2016, feels the tournament is a platform for young players to showcase their talent and get their share of limelight. Jones said, “It’s a stepping stone for some of these kids or the young guys who are part of the competition. I know that after the success of Pakistan Super League (PSL), there were a few players who got picked for the Pakistan team within a month. I am sure there will be at least 3-4 players who would pop up from TNPL and could go on to play other leagues as well,” as quoted by Cricbuzz.

After two matches played in the TNPL, the TUTI Patriots led by captain Dinesh Karthik are on top of the Points Table with two points and a net run-rate of +2.250. At second place, are VB Thiruvallur Veerans who also two points from one game and a net run-rate of +0.696.

Karaikudi Kaalai and Chepauk Super Gillies are at third and fourth place respectively, with no zero points on the points table. But with still a long way to go in the tournament, these teams have aq lot of time to regroup and find a way to climb up the Points Table.

Baba Aparajith at the end of two matches is now on top of the run-getters list with 118 runs. Karthik with  67 runs is next. And Srinivasan R of the Karaikudi Kaalai is at third. Among the wicket-takers Akash Sumra and Aushik Srinivas R of the TUTI Patriots team and Abhishek Tanwar of the VB Thiruvallur Veerans team, all have 3 wickets each.

Squads

Lyca Kovai Kings: Murali Vijay(c), Adhithya Giridhar, S Ajith Ram, Devendra Anchit, B Anirudh Sita Ram, B Arun, K Gowtham Thamarai Kannan, S Harish Kumar, Murugesan Kamlesh, M Mohammed, Ravi Kumar Rohith, Vijay Shankar, MK Sivakumar, Akshay Srinivasan, L Suryaprakash, JS Mohammad, S Tarun Srinivas, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh

Ruby Kanchi Warriors: Baba Indrajith(c), Jagannathan Kaushik, Rangaraj Suthesh, Adithya Ganesh, B Aditya, Akkil Srinaath, Anthony Mannays, Bharath Shankar, L Ganesh, Rajamani Jesuraj, Jagatheesan Kousik, Nilesh Subramanian, Murthy Prabhu, Alagh Prathiban, Ranjan Paul, Shahrukh Khan, S Siddharth, Trilok Nag, Krishna Varun Kumar