Hubballi: Hubli Tigers prevail over Rockstars

Hubballi: Leg break bowler Dikshanshu Negi’s 4 for 9 and fifties from opening batsman KB Pawan (55) and No 3 bat Kunal Kapoor (52) paved the way for Hubli Tigers’ 32-run win over the Rockstars in the Karbonn Smart KPL 2015, match 4 here on Friday.

The Rockstars showed a light semblance of a fight when opening batsman Rajeev hammered three fours and an equal number of sixes in his 23-ball 39.

Other than him C Raghu and Madan Mohan gave the good evening crowd something to remember by when they used the long handle. The two not only entertained the crowd, but also ensured their team did not finish with too little on the board through their 55-run unbroken partnership for the seventh wicket.

Otherwise wickets fell at regular intervals as spinner Dikshanshu Negi wove his magic to claim a stunning four for nine from his four overs.

Put into bat, the Tigers lost opener Mohammad Taha cheaply when the batsman dragged one from former India pacer David Johnson onto his stumps.

For the next 9.4 overs, Pawan and Kapoor held sway and made merry as they found the Rockstars attack to their liking, knitting together 81 runs for the second wicket. The duo matched each other stroke for stroke until Kapoor broke away and played some lovely inside out shots to regale the crowd and bring up his 50.

As the pair looked set to help their team post a huge total, the Rockstars struck. The Tigers lost three quick wickets that of Kunal, Kranthi Kumar and Pawan, and the run rate dipped.

However Dishanshu Negi (18) and Tigers skipper Sreenath Aravind (17 N.O.) ensured the team crossed the 150 mark.

Negi claimed the man of the match award, a cheque for Rupees ten thousand for his four for 9 and 17-ball 18.

After receiving his award, the leggie said, “It is a good start winning the first match and we hope to do well in the other matches as well”.

Rockstars skipper Kiccha Sudeep felt, “We did not practice enough but I think we did well today. We will put our efforts into making a match of our other contests in the tournament”.

SCOREBOARD

Hubli Tigers:
Mohammad Taha b D Johnson 1; KB Pawan c Charan b Raghu 55 (43b, 7 x 4); Kunal Kapoor b Charan 52 (32b, 7 x 4); Kranthi Kumar c & b S Joshi 5; Dikshanshu Negi (run out) 18 (17b, 1 x 4); Sreenath Aravind (not out) 17 (13b, 1 x 4, 1 x 6); Nitin Bhille (not out) 4. Extras: (w-2) 2.

Total: (For five wickets, 20 overs) 154.

Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Taha); 2-98 (Kapoor); 3-113 (Kumar); 4-117 (Pawan); 5-150 (Negi).

Bowling: Sunil Joshi 4-0-16-1; David Johnson 4-0-31-1; C Raghu 4-0-29-1; Dhruva Sharma 2-0-21-0; Charan Teja 4-0-34-1; Adarsh Balakrishnan 2-0-23-0.

Rockstars:

Raahul RK b D Negi 4; Rajeev H lbw b D Negi 39 (23b, 3 x 4, 3 x 6); Sunil Joshi c Kapoor b Chetan Williams 10; Dhruva Sharma st N Bhille b D Negi 10; C Raghu (not out) 20 (21b, 1 x 4); Raju Gowda lbw b Negi 0; Charan Teja c Aravind b B Naveen 0; Madan Mohan (not out) 31 (25b, 2 x 4, 1 x 6). Extras: (b-4, lb-1, nb-2, w-1) 8.

Total: (For six wickets, 20 overs).

Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Rajeev); 2-45 (Raahul); 3-61 (Joshi); 4-66 (Sharma); 5-66 (Gowda); 6-67 (Teja).

Bowling: Santhabennur Akshay 4-0-33-0; Sreenath Aravind 4-1-20-0; Kranthi Kumar 1-0-10-0; Chetan Williams 4-0-30-1 Balachander Naveen 3-0-15-1; Dikshanshu Negi 4-0-9-0.

Toss: Won by Rockstars; opted to field
Hubli Tigers won by 32 runs.

Hubballi: Panthers look to consolidate

Hubballi: With a big win under their belt in their opening encounter of the Karbonn Smart KPL 2015, last year finalists Belagavi Panthers will look for full points when they clash with Rockstars on Saturday evening under lights.

The Panthers’ team management should be happy with their bowlers and batsmen for the kind of victory they posted on the opening day of the League.

The bowlers were on target and the way in which Vinay and Jonathan went about achieving victory for their team, after their openers had been dismissed cheaply, bodes well for the team and bears a telling sign of confidence and determination to succeed.

While the Panthers will look to consolidate their position, it will be interesting to see how the Rockstars will fare in this contest.

Nagesh, Owner of Belagavi Panthers, said that his team wouldn’t be taking it too easy. “The Rockstars have a lot of experience this time with big names in their ranks. We are happy with our performance in the last game but hope our players play a lot better in this game and win by a large margin,” he says.

Batsmen in the Rockstars list are capable of clearing the ropes and hitting some lusty shots. With the three former cricketers, Sunil Joshi, David Johnson and C Raghu, in their ranks, the bowling too looks healthy.

How Kiccha Sudeep and his team will go about negotiating Vinay and Co promises to be another exciting and entertaining contest on cards.

Teams (from):

Belagavi Panthers: R Vinay Kumar (Capt), Abhishek Reddy, Chiranjeevi GS, Nitin Mulki, Praveen Dubey, Pushtak Nag, Stalin Hoover, Sumit Shirgurkar, Suresh Karani, Vinu Prasad, Zeeshan Ali Sayyed, Sharath HS, Mayank Agarwal, Jonathan, Sharath S, KN Bharath, Abhishek Reddy, Sharath Srinivas, Mahesh Patil and Nikith Sayanmal.

Rockstars: Kichcha Sudeep (C), Sunil Joshi, David Johnson, Dhruv Sharma, Sharath Chandru, Raghu R, Raju Gowda, Charan Teja, Dharma Keerthiraj, Mahesh, C Raghu, Rajeev H, Aadarsh Balakrishna, Pratap N, Raahul R K, Sachin Joshi, Madan Mohan.

Hubballi: M and M chase first points

Hubballi: Two teams who lost their opening encounters in the Karbonn Smart KPL 2015, defending champions Mysuru Warriors and Mangalore United battle it out in the chase for their first win and first points in the opening match on Saturday.

Mysuru found their bowling department a little rusty and Mangalore found their total of 141 too little to handle.

It is very likely that Mysuru will rethink their bowling strategies to get the striking combination they need while Mangalore will be hoping for a better showing from their top order batsmen than the one that was displayed on the opening day.

While it is true that Mangalore United’s fortunes depend largely on Karun Nair, wicket-keeper/batsman KC Avinash’s knock cannot be overlooked. The right-hander showed that he can hold his end and also smack the ball when the need arose. Arshdeep Singh Brar showed he could use the long handle and should be in the thick of action against the Warriors.

“We have to do a lot better. In the last game we had issues and we are working towards ironing out those chinks. The team is practicing hard and we are very confident about the next game,” said BM Farookh, Owner, Mangalore United.

Mysuru Warriors do have the depth in batting and, apart from that short moment when they lost CM Gautam and Manjesh Reddy at the same score, which distracted them, their batsmen showed they were in good nick.

Arjun Ranga, Owner of Mysuru Warriors, said, “Even though we lost the previous game, there are a lot of positives that we can take into the next game. Arjun Hoysala and Manjesh Reddy delivered superb performances and our spinners did well too. We will look to build on that.”

Their medium pacers will have to put up their hands for the team’s cause. They will need to plan big and more than the planning, it will be the execution of those plans that will make the difference. Having gone for eight overs and more, the Mysuru medium pacers will have to focus a lot more if the team has to advance.

Teams (from):
Mangalore United: Rohit Sabharwal, Karun Nair, Udit Patel, Nishchith Raj, Bharat Narayan Prasad, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Praveen Kumar B, Akshay Ballal, Nihal Shilar, KC Avinash, Shishir Bhavane, Rohan Kadam, Rahul Gautam, Mashooq Hussain, Abhishek Bhat, Ronit More, Syed Moinudeen, Pradeep T, Mitrakanth Yadav and Muhafiz A Khader.

Mysuru Warriors: Manish Pandey (Capt), CM Gautam, Shantaraju G, Bharath N, Manjesh Reddy, R Madhusudhan, K Gowtham, DH Sunil Kumar, CK Akshay, Shoain Manager, Dharshan, Jagadeesha Suchit, A Arjun Hoysala, Anand Doddamani, Naveen MG, David Mathias, Nikin Jose.

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