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Lyca Kovai Kings Maintain Winning Ways, Secure Playoff Berth

Lyca Kovai Kings extended their winning streak to four games by comprehensively defeating Salem Spartans by 79 runs in Salem. The victory guaranteed Kovai a spot in the playoffs with one group stage match still left.

Kovai got off to an explosive start as opener S Sujay and Sai Sudharsan scored 44 and 41 respectively to provide a solid foundation. Atheeq Rahman played a fine cameo to accelerate the scoring rate. Though Salem pulled things back in the middle overs with some quick wickets, the damage was already done, thanks to a bursting 22-ball 50 from Ram Arvindh R, the fastest half-century in TNPL 2023. His innings featured 2 fours and 5 sixes and propelled Kovai to 199/8.

Chasing the intimidating target, Salem never looked like getting close. They lost half their side for just 54 as Kovai’s bowlers kept up the pressure. Sunny Sandhu and Muhammed Adnan Khan tried their best but lacked support.

Kovai’s bowlers were duly rewarded for their disciplined and tight bowling. K Gowtham Thamarai Kannan was the star with 3/20 in 3 excellent overs. Captain Shahrukh Khan took 2 wickets and now has the Purple Cap. Manimaran Siddharth also bowled economically to support his teammates. With this win, Kovai qualified for the playoffs.

Salem was all out for 120, giving Kovai a 79-run win. Ram Arvindh R was named Player of the Match for his memorable innings that set up the victory.