Hubli Tigers coast to KPL win on Taha’s knock

Hubli Tigers coast to KPL win on Taha’s knock

Hubbali: A 50-minute rain interruption completely changed equations in the 5th edition of the Karbonn KPL powered by Cycle Pure Agarbathies T20 match between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers and left the latter thankful for their luck with the toss.

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On a pitch quickened by rain and shorn of turn and movement and with the ball skidding off the outfield, Hubli’s opener Mohammed Taha batted with abandon. He drove on the up, square drove with power and used the flick shot to effect to put pressure on Bellary Tuskers.

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In the end, the rain-shortened match where the target score was reduced from a competitive 165 to 139 from 16 overs went in Hubli Tigers’ favour. Their seven- wicket win with 7 balls to spare served notice that they were back to their winning ways.

Taha’s 52 (36b, 1×6, 7×4) and his 66-run stand with skipper Kunal Kapoor (22; 20b, 2×4) in a mere 7.1 overs were the highlights of the win. He kept the Tuskers at bay with wonderful strokeplay and in the end that set the tone for the commendable win.

Earlier, Bellary Tuskers seemed to have blown away an excellent opportunity to run up a mammoth total when they squandered the advantage of a brilliant opening partnership. They also lost their way towards the end overs when they added a paltry 32 runs in the last five overs losing three wickets in the process.

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The left-right combination of Rohan Kadam (50; 40b, 1×6, 4×4) and KB Pawan (54; 37b, 5×6, 3×4) had given a solid start by putting on 101 runs for the first wicket in 11 overs. However, the dismissal of these two batsmen wrecked Tuskers’ momentum.

The pick of the Tigers’ bowlers was medium pacer Chetan Williams whose line, short of a length bowling and lack of pace confounded the opposition. Williams took the pace off the ball rather judiciously and on a pitch not really conducive to stroke-making, (Monday’s matches were played on an adjoining track) his tactics were ideal. Later, he slammed a quickfire unbeaten 28 to take his side home and with it won the man of the match.

This ensured that Tuskers, flying high at 101 for 1 in 11 overs, were brought down to earth and in the last nine overs managed a mere 63 runs and thus were contained to 164 for six.

Brief scores:

Bellary Tuskers: 164 for 6 in 20 overs (KB Pawan 54, Rohan Kadam 50, Chetan Williams 3/20) lost to Hubli Tigers: 143/3 in 14.5 (Md. Taha 52, Chetan Williams 28 n.o, Kunal Kapoor 22) by 7 wickets on VJD method.

Hubli Tigers bat for vanishing pugmarks

Hubbali: The fifth edition of the Karbonn KPL powered by Cycle Pure Agarbathies got underway at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) stadium in Rajnagar last week amid much fanfare.

One of the eight franchises, Hubli Tigers, who always are in a charge-up mode in their trademark blue and yellow jersey, were seen wearing a different shade in Tuesday’s match against Bellary Tuskers.

The reason behind the change of attire is both, inspiring as well as well-timed. It is a part of an initiative to create awareness about the decline in the number of tigers in the country. The Sushil Jindal-drafted Hubli Tigers hope to use the KPL and the platform of India’s single most popular sport, to reach out to the common masses and draw attention to the issue.

Tiger population in India has forever been a matter of serious concern among wildlife enthusiasts and environmentalists. The destruction of forests and a slew of undetected instances of poaching pose a genuine threat to the already dwindling number of tigers.

In a nation that leads the list of tiger population countries, with an estimated population of 2226, the vanishing pugmarks should raise questions about the safety of the ‘endangered’ species.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the number of wild tigers across the world has come down to a mere 3,200 from a staggering 100,000 tigers a hundred years ago. These figures suggest that now might be a really good time to bat for this noble cause.

Last year, Hubli Tigers adopted a tiger which is kept at the Mysore Zoo. Here’s hoping that this year the Tigers ace this idea too.

All matches of the Karbonn KPL 2016 will be telecast live and exclusive on Sony ESPN SD and Sony ESPN HD Channels.
The tickets will be available at the Rajnagar Stadium in Hubbali and online on Book My Show at https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/karnataka-premier-league

About Karnataka State Cricket Association: The Karnataka State Cricket Association (formerly Mysore State Cricket Association) is committed to developing Karnataka as the premier cricketing state in the country. It aims to take the game to mofussil areas of the state for development at the grassroots level and to continuously promote the welfare of players. It was founded during the year 1933-34 and is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The association made steady progress from 1934 to 1959 when the Silver Jubilee was celebrated to coincide with the visit of the Australian team to Bangalore to play against the Combined Universities XI.

In the late sixties, the Association acquired its own cricket ground and the stadium now known as the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium came into being. Bangalore became a Test Centre, and several memorable Tests and ODIs, including the 1996 World Cup quarter-finals, have taken place here. The Karnataka State Cricket Association has grown from strength to strength and today is one of the best-organized State Cricket associations in the Country.

Dubey, Mayank power Panthers to facile win

Hubbali: Mayank Agarwal and Vinay Kumar stitched together an 81-run partnership in 65 balls to make light work of the 126-run target as Belagavi Panthers beat Namma Shivamogga by eight wickets in the fifth edition of the Karbonn KPL powered by Cycle Pure Agarbathies at the KSCA stadium in Rajnagar on Tuesday afternoon.

Chasing a modest total of 125, Mayank, in excellent form of late, made a punishing unbeaten 69 (47b, 2×6, 5×4) and in the company of Vinay Kumar (40; 37b, 1×6, 4×4) put the Panthers on the road to victory. That came soon enough, in the 17th over and at the expense of just two wickets.

Earlier, Namma Shivamogga, opting to bat first, were dealt an early blow when opener Sadiq Kirmani taking his chances very early in the innings holed out in only the second over bowled by HS Sharath.

Captain Stuart Binny and Nikin Jose then steadied the ship by rotating strike regularly. But just when a partnership seemed to be taking shape, Nikin Jose (14; 18b, 2×4) and Stuart Binny (29; 27b, 1×6, 4×4) fell in quick succession, leaving Shivamogga reeling at 51 for 3 in 8.4 overs.

Pawan Deshpande (23; 17b, 1×6, 1×4) tried to offer some resistance but fell to the man of the match Praveen Dubey in the 15th over. It was all downhill from there for Shivamogga, as Dubey (4/19), Pradeep T (1/14) and Vinay Kumar (1/15) shared the bowling honours to restrict the opposition to 125 in 19.5 overs.

It was disappointing batting by the Shivamogga team and they paid the price for it.

Brief Scores:

Namma Shivamogga: 125 in 19.5 overs (Stuart Binny 29, Pawan Deshpande 23; Praveen Dubey 4/19) lost to Belagavi Panthers: 126/2 in 16.5 overs (Mayank Agarwal 69 n.o, Vinay Kumar 40, Praveen Dubey 4/19, T Pradeep 1/14) by 8 wickets.

All matches of the Karbonn KPL 2016 will be telecast live and exclusive on Sony ESPN SD and Sony ESPN HD Channels.
The tickets will be available at the Rajnagar Stadium in Hubbali and online on Book My Show at https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/karnataka-premier-league

About Karnataka State Cricket Association: The Karnataka State Cricket Association (formerly Mysore State Cricket Association) is committed to developing Karnataka as the premier cricketing state in the country. It aims to take the game to mofussil areas of the state for development at the grassroots level and to continuously promote the welfare of players. It was founded during the year 1933-34 and is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The association made steady progress from 1934 to 1959 when the Silver Jubilee was celebrated to coincide with the visit of the Australian team to Bangalore to play against the Combined Universities XI.

In the late sixties, the Association acquired its own cricket ground and the stadium now known as the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium came into being. Bangalore became a Test Centre, and several memorable Tests and ODIs, including the 1996 World Cup quarter-finals, have taken place here. The Karnataka State Cricket Association has grown from strength to strength and today is one of the best-organized State Cricket associations in the Country.

Belagavi Panthers vs Nammashivamogga-Team list

Match Officials
Umpires

KR Vasuki, Sadanand Viswanath

Third Umpire
Shavir Tarapore

Match Referee

V Vikramraju

Team List

Match 8-Belagavi Panthers vs Nammashivamogga-Nammashivamogga won the toss and opted to bat

Namma Shivamogga:
1.Sadiq Kirmani (wk)- 110
2.Shreyas Gopal- 19
3.Abrar Kazi- 29
4.Pavan Deshpande- 22
5.David Mathias- 11
6.Siddharth KV- 7
7.Stuart Binny ©- 84
8.KP Appanna- 5
9.Zeeshan Ali Sayeed- 3
10.Nikin Jose- 18
11.Sharan Gowda- 222

Belagavi Panthers:

Vinay Kumar ©
Mayank Agarwal
Kaunian Abbas
Shoaib Manager
Sunil Kumar Jain
Praveen Dubey
Akshay C K
Abhishek Sakuja
Anurag Bajpai(WK)
Pradeep
Sharath

Shekhawat slams 1st ton of 5th edition KPL

In the second match of the evening played under lights Mangalore United’s opener Nishant Shekhawat became the first batsman to score a century in the fifth edition of Karbonn KPL powered by Cycle Agarbathies, as the Rockstars were handed their second successive defeat, at the KSCA stadium in Rajnagar on Monday evening.

N Shekhawat (106, 61b, 5×6, 8×4), adjudged man of the match, peppered fours and sixes in an outstanding exhibition of T20 batting, as his terrific hundred lifted United to an eventually winning total of 195 in 20 overs.

Rockstars chasing an intimidating target batted with a lot of spirit through Ritesh Bhatkal (49n.o., 32b; 3×6, 4×4), Madan Mohan (32, 24b ; 2×6, 3×4) and Charan Teja (23, 23b; 3×4). But they were always likely to fall short of the target. They lost by 53 runs.

Earlier, Shekhawat and Shishir Bhavane (32; 26b, 1×6, 2×4) added 91 runs in 10 overs to put the Rockstars under the pump. Shekhawat was dismissed soon after scoring a fine hundred, but by then he had done enough to steer United to a mammoth 195 for three after 20 overs.

Brief Scores:

Mangalore United: 195/3 in 20 overs (N Shekhawat 106, C Gautam 32, H Basavraj 24 n.o; R More 2/9, Bhareth NP 2/27 ) beat
Rockstars: 142/7 in 20 overs (M Mohan 32, R Bhatkal 49; R Bhatkal 1/35) by 53 runs

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