He struck the ball cleanly, cleared the field, found the gaps, and ran hard. And he was there right at the end of the chase to see his team through.

The tall Anand Subramanian (48 not out, 34b, 2×4, 2×6) ) was the man for the occasion on Saturday night as Jone Tuti Patriots defeated Chepauk Super Gillies by seven wickets in a Sankar Cements-TNPL duel at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. Towards the end, R. Sathish (30 not out off 12, 4×4. 1×6) conjured a delightful cameo for Tuti Patriots.

Fifth defeat

With fifth straight defeat, holder Chepauk Super Gillies has been knocked out of the competition.

Rain held up play for 32 minutes and Tuti Patriots’ chase had to be reorganised; the outfield became slower and the ball, collecting water from beyond the square, tended to skid off the pitch.

Earlier, Tuti Patriots, in pursuit of 168, put its foot on the accelerator right at the start.

Inflicting damage

S. Dinesh pulled paceman R. Vishaal for maximum to signal his intentions.

With his flourishing back-lift, the southpaw continued to inflict damage.

At the other end, the little Kaushik Gandhi, using the crease well, cut and punched.

He cover drove with deftness and timing, displayed soft hands for runs behind square.

Kaushik (45, 37b, 6×4) looked good for more when he was smartly held by a sprinting M. Ashwin after the batsman had lofted paceman Harish Kumar straight.

Earlier, when Super Gillies elected to bat, S. Karthik, on 11, was grassed by Dinesh at long-off. Left-arm spinner Ganesh Moorthi was the bowler to suffer.

That reprieve apart, Karthik batted with a fair measure of confidence.

He unsettled the bowlers by jumping down the track or stayed right back for the cut and the pull. Karthik (43, 31b, 4×6, 6×1) employed the inside-out shots well before being being picked up be sweeper cover off left-arm spinner Sai Kishore.

Athisiyaraj Davidson came into the picture towards the end. He is often hard to pick with his sling-arm action and works up good pace.

His yorkers tested the wide line and he did castle the free-stroking Harish Kumar, who had earlier struck him for a six over wide long-off, with a yorker.

For Super Gillies, skipper K.H. Gopinath, held firm at one end, now launching into the bowling with his bat-speed, now nudging it around to remain unbeaten with 40 (34b, 2×4, 1×6).

The scores:

Chepauk Super Gillies 167 for six in 20 overs (S. Karthik 43, K.H. Gopinath 40 not out, S. Harish Kumar 27, Athisiyaraj Davidson two for 39, R. Sai Kishore two for 28, R. Jesuraj two for 41) lost to Jones Tuti Patriots 169 for three in 17.2 overs (S. Dinesh 25, Kaushik Gandhi 45, Anand Subramanian 48 not out, R. Sathish 30 not out , Harish Kumar two for 27).

Today’s matches

Trichy Warriors vs Madurai Panthers, 3.15 p.m., Tirunelveli

Kanchi Veerans vs Kovai Kings 7.15 p.m., Tirunelveli

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