TNPL: R Ashwin returns from West Indies tour, leads Dindigul Dragons to victory

Chennai, Aug 31: Ravichandran Ashwin returned from the Caribbean tour, shrugged off jet lag and led his team Dindigul Dragons to a 48-run victory over Ruby Kanchi Warriors in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) Twenty20 tournament here yesterday (August 30).

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Ashwin made his TNPL debut on Tuesday after returning home from United States of America (USA) where India competed against West Indies in a 2-match Twenty20 Internationals. Before that India won the 4-Test series on the Caribbean islands 2-0.

Dragons posted 159/7 in 20 overs and later restricted Warriors to 111/9 in 20 overs. Captain Ashwin took 1 wicket for 6 runs in his 2 overs while his namesake M Ashwin had two scalps.

Jagadeesan was the top scorer for the Dragons with a 40-ball 44. Ashwin scored 15 off 15. For Warriors, R Jesuraj and AC Prathiban took 2 wickets apiece.

After the match, offspinner Guru Kedarnath praised Ashwin's captaincy, calling him "brilliant".

"I have played with him in junior cricket and it is nice to have a senior pro in the team. He was very dynamic and it was a good experience. He was brilliant," Kedarnath said.

Brief scores: Dindigul Dragons 159/7 in 20 overs (Jagadeesan 44 (40b, 5x4, 1x6), GS Raju 32 (24b, 2x4 2x6), R Jesuraj 2/30, AC Prathiban 2/32) beat Ruby Kanchi Warriors 111/9 in 20 overs (Guru Kedarnath 2/22, M Ashwin 2/24, Sunny Kumar Singh 2/18, R Ashwin 1/6) by 48 runs.

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