Nellai, Madurai forced to share points

Rain intervenes during last over of the first innings

Chennai, July 31: Nellai Royal Kings and Siechem Madurai had to settle for a point each after their Shriram Capital Tamil Nadu Premier League match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday was abandoned due to rain. Both teams are placed at the bottom of the table with four points each from four games.

Madurai were 144-8 after 19.2 overs when rain played spoilsport. The Nellai bowlers had done a good job of restricting the opposition after their captain Baba Aparajith won the toss and decided to field.

Pacer Athisayaraj (2-17), spinners NS Harish (1-12), Sanjay Yadav (1-23) and Aparajith (1-7) shared the bowling honours.

No.3 B Anirudh Sita Ram (51 off 42 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes), who notched Madurai’s first fifty of the season, was the top scorer followed by captain NS Chaturved (37 off 21 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) and opener KB Arun Kaarthick (26 off 22 balls, 4 fours). Barring these three none of the others could reach double figures.