Dindigul Dragons defeated defending champion Madurai Panthers by 30 runs to register its second win in as many matches in the fourth edition of the TNPL here on Monday.
Earlier, a rollicking innings from N Jagadeesan 87 not out (51b, 12x4, 1x6) propelled Dindigul Dragons to a hefty 182 for six against Madurai Panthers. The 23-year-old Jagadeesan was a little slow to start off with as his opening partner, C Hari Nishanth, faced the bulk of strike.
The opening duo went about its task with competence and flair scoring boundaries at will. At the Powerplay stage, the Dragons was 37 for no loss. Nishanth played with an aggressive intent as he struck back-to-back sixes over midwicket off spinner R Mithun in the 10th over.
The introduction of veteran left-arm spinner Rahil Shah put a lid on the scoring rate. Rahil was the most economical of the Madurai bowlers giving away only 21 runs while taking three wickets. Soon after raising 100-run partnership for the first wicket, the Dragons lost Hari Nishanth for 57 with Rahil taking a brilliant diving catch at long-off.
That brought skipper Ashwin to the crease and the India off-spinner got going immediately striking two fours and a huge six before getting out to Rahil attempting another big hit. Jagadeesan, meanwhile, started cutting loose taking calculated risks and was particularly harsh on debutant J Jabez Moses who conceded 24 runs in the 15th over.
Brief scores: Dindigul Dragons 182/6 in 20 overs (C Hari Nishanth 57, N Jagadeesan 87*, Rahil Shah 3/21) bt Madurai Panthers 152/9 in 20 overs (M Silambarasan 4/20, R Ashwin 3/16)