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Lyca Kovai Kings storm into playoffs in style

Lyca Kovai Kings continued their winning streak by defeating Siechem Madurai Panthers by 44 runs to storm into the playoffs of Tamil Nadu Premier League 2023. Batting first, Kovai Kings posted an extraordinary total of 208/5 thanks to magnificent fifties from Suresh Kumar and skipper Shahrukh Khan.

Suresh smashed 64 runs off just 29 deliveries at a strike rate of over 220, including the fastest half-century of the tournament off just 21 balls. Shahrukh Khan then broke that record in the same match by scoring his half-century off just 20 balls. Their explosive innings gave LKK a strong platform. Captain Shahrukh Khan ended his innings by notching up 53 runs from just 23 balls. Sachin also chipped in with a useful 67-run knock as LKK finished on 208/5.

The tall target proved too much for Siechem as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. LKK bowler’s spells rattled the Panther’s batting. Siddharth picked up 3 wickets in his 4-over spells while both Yudheeswaran and Shahrukh grabbed 2 wickets each. Despite Yudheeswaran’s 2-wicket haul in just 2 overs, Shahrukh’s all-round show earned him the Man of the Match award.

In the end, Madurai Panthers were all out for 164 as LKK secured their fifth win in a row and finished the league stages at the top of the points table, moving into the playoffs with a bang. The Kings would be hoping to continue their winning momentum into the playoffs as they hunt for their second consecutive TNPL title.