Skipper Daryl S. Ferrario’s quickfire knock (40, 27 b) and a combined bowling performance from G Periyaswamy (2 for 22, four overs), Murugan Ashwin (2 for 27, three overs) and B. Praneesh (2 for 26, three overs) helped Salem Spartans beat Tiruppur Thamizhans by 16 runs in a Tamil Nadu Premier League contest at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.
Opting to bat first, Ferrario’s contribution, helped by a 31-ball 38 from Abhishek S, 20-ball 26 from Vijay Shankar and 24-ball 23 from Akshay Srinivasan, took the Spartans to 164 for 5 in its 20 overs.
In reply, Spartans found itself under early pressure at 29 for 3, but P. Francis Rokins rescued the side with a 48-ball 58, a knock that contained seven fours and a six.
However, when he fell in the final over with the team still needing 24 runs, it was virtually game over for Thamizhans as Spartans held its nerve to claim its first win of the tournament.
Speaking after the match, Rokins felt his team’s fightback augured well for the upcoming matches. “We are a young side that has practised well. We tried to execute our plans but a couple of things are lacking, which we will fix in the next game,” he said.
In the earlier game on Saturday, the Nellai Royal Kings beat Chepauk Super Gillies by seven wickets.
Salem Spartans 164 for 5 in 20 overs (Ferrario 40, Abhishek 38) beat Tiruppur Tamizhans 148 for 8 in 20 overs (Francis Rokins 58) by 16 runs.