TNPL 2018: R Vivek grabs the catch of the tournament

Earlier in the game, Vivek smashed a quick 25-ball 54.

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TNPL catch. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Dindigul Dragons continued their merry run in the ongoing edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League. They beat the Madurai Panthers in the Qualifier 1 encounter by a thumping margin of 75 runs. With the win, they are through to the finals of the season. The show put on by them was a thoroughly dominating one. While there were several moments of brilliance in the game with the bat and the ball, the one that stood out from the rest was a spectacular effort on the field by R Vivek.

He took an absolute stunner, perhaps the catch of the tournament, to send Jagatheesan Kousik back to the hut during the Madurai Panthers run chase. The action perspired in the 11th over of the game. It was Mohan Abhinav who had the ball in hand. On the second delivery of the over, Abhinav bowled a short of length delivery on the middle stump line. The batter, Kousik, was quick to get in to a good slogging position.

He went back in his crease and smashed the ball wide of the long on fielder. While most people thought it would be a certain six, R Vivek had other plans. Vivek came running around the boundary ropes and stuck his right hand in the air to pluck a stunner out of nowhere. The ball stuck to his hand and then popped out again. Vivek kept his calm and managed to safely pouch it on his second attempt.

Earlier in the game, Vivek had a great time with the bat as well. After opener Hari Nishanth’s timely 57, it was Vivek’s 25-ball 54 that took the Dindigul Dragons total to 203/6 in the stipulated 20 overs. The total remains to be the highest team total recorded in the 2018 edition of the TNPL.

In the run chase, Madurai Panthers needed to show some serious run chasing ability but none of their batsmen could rise to the occasion. Only one batsman, Abhishek Tanwar, could make it past the 20-run mark. The Panthers bundled out for a mere 128 in 19.3 overs. The Dragons won the game by 75 runs.

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