Karthick, Mukund power TNCA President's XI to Buchi Babu quarters
TNCA President’s XI sealed a 152-run win over Kerala in the 2nd round of the Kalpathi All-India Buchi Babu Invitational Tournament at the IIT-Chemplast grounds in Chennai on Tuesday, securing a quarterfinal spot.
It was a top order show for the President’s XI, as openers KB Arun Karthick (82) and Abhinav Mukund (50) attacked the Kerala bowlers, adding 122 runs for the 1st wicket in just 38.5 overs. Captain Subramaniam Badrinath (67) too, cashed in on the opportunity and got to his half-century. Baba Indrajith, who top-scored with a 91, ably supported his skipper and together they raised a 103-run 3rd wicket partnership. At the end of day 1, the President’s XI racked up a huge total of 371/7 in 100 overs.
Kerala, in response, were subjected to the off-spin of Malolan Rangarajan as he bagged figures of 5/63, dismantling the batting order on day 2. The Kerala innings was wrapped up for 219 in 72.1 overs, thereby granting a quarterfinal place to the President’s XI.