UAE: Karnataka Premier Cricket League (KPCL) – Season 2 T20 tournament was inaugurated on 8th January 2016 at the Ajman Oval turf grounds by KPCL Chairman Thomson D’Silva and Ajman Oval officials. All the team captains were present at the unveiling of their respective Team Jerseys and KPCL Season 2 trophy.
“It gives us great pride to be supporting such a tournament which is aimed to create cohesion among the Kannadiga expatriate community in UAE who love cricket.” said Vishal Karkera, the CEO of Aeroskop Sp z.o.o. Poland.
The inauguration match was played between Prince XI Padubidri and Coastal Cricket Club Mangalore. Prince XI Padubidri defeated Coastal Cricket Club, Mangalore by 7 wickets to register their first victory in the tournament. Coastal Cricket Club, Mangalore winning the Toss and electing to bat put up a competitive score of 142 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs thanks to fine batting performance form Sujan Kotian (63 runs in 44 balls, 3×6, 5×4) and well supported by Nithin Bharatan (44 in 48 balls, 1×6, 6×4). Laxman of Prince XI Padubidri was the successful bowler with 3 wickets for 29 runs. Prince XI Padubidri chased the target in 17.1 overs thanks to an explosive start by Man of the Match Ajith Rao (55 in 30 balls, 5×6, 2×4) and well supported by Anfal (51 in 45 balls, 1×6, 3×4).
The 2nd Edition of KPCL is titled sponsored by AEROSKOP and supported by Danube Home, Nucaf Tellicherry, Al Afrah Auto Spare Parts, Red Flowers Tourism and Red Rock.
Match 1 (A45): Prince XI Padubidri VS Coastal Cricket Club, Mangalore (8th January 2016)
Toss Won by Coastal Cricket Club Mangalore XI on Top and Elected to Bat.
Man of the Match: Ajith Rao of Prince XI Padubidri.
Coastal Cricket Club Mangalore: 142 for 7 in 20 overs.
Sujan Kotian 63(44 balls, 3×6, 5×4), Nithin Bharatan 44(48 balls, 1×6, 6×4)
Laxman S (4-0-29-3), Mohd. Shafi (4-0-21-1), M. Harris (4-0-10-1), Girish A (3-0-27-1)
Prince XI Padubidri: 143 for 3 in 17.1 overs.
Ajith Rao 55(30 balls, 5×6, 2×4), Anfal 51 no (45 balls, 1×6, 3×4)
Sandeep N (4-0-37-1), Rohan Shetty (4-0-39-1), Munzzar (3-0-20-1)
Prince XI Padubidri won by 7 wickets.