Chennai Rhinos failed to translate Vikranth's brilliant knock into a win on Sunday (February 9), as the visiting team's batsmen failed to beat Kerala Strikers. The opener came out with an entertaining performance at the almost-packed crowd at Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
The Kollywood team, which had lost the toss, had dominated most part of the game against the Mollywood team. Yet, Chennai Rhinos failed to beat the host team due to the poor performances of their batsmen.
Chennai Rhinos had bowled well to restrict Kerala Strikers to 150 runs. Vikranth, Bharath and Vishnu bowled perfectly and made the hosting team to work hard for every run. Except Vijayachandran Arun and Santhosh Sleeba, nobody stayed tall against the Kollywood bowlers.
After taking two crucial wickets in four overs, which cost 35 runs, Vikranth opened the bat and sent shivers down Kerala Strikers' spine. In the first two overs, he dominated the bowlers and made people believe that it would be a cakewalk for the Tamil team. Captain Vishal gave his wicket cheaply as he was out for just one run from seven balls.
Vishal's wicket didn't make Chennai Rhinos team to lose their hearts as the partnership of Vikranth and Vishnu smashed Kerala Strikers' bowlers all over the park. Continue reading the story on the slideshow and also some of the pictures of the match...
Kerala Strikers Take Beatings...
Kerala Strikers' captain himself took the beatings from Vikranth as his first over cost 22 runs.
Vikranth attacked Kerala Strikers' bowlers from the word go and put a huge pressure on the host team.
But the run-rate started coming down after Rajeev Pillai kept changing their bowlers. However, Vikranth was unstoppable on the other end.
Kerala Strikers Make Strong Comeback
However, Kerala Strikers made a strong comeback to the game by picking up the wicket of Vishnu. Vikranth and Vishnu had added 61 runs for the second wicket.
Wickets Fell One After The Other
Soon after Vishnu was out, wickets started felling one after the other. And Vikranth's wicket was the biggest wicket in Chennai Rhinos' downfall.
Chennai Rhinos Loss
In the end, Vikranth's all-round performance did not help Chennai Rhinos to win the match.
However, many have pointed their fingers at batsmen for Chennai Rhinos' disastrous performance.