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KPL 2016: 5 teams on the needle’s edge

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Five teams are in contention for a spot in the semi-finals; Mysuru Warriors the first team to qualify for the semis.

Mysuru Warriors
Mysuru Warriors are the first team to qualify for the semi-final

A day’s break could work wonders for teams aiming to take stock and make the charge to get into the semi-final mix of the fifth edition of KPL.

The league phase, now nearing a climax, is delicately poised at the break, and barring Mysuru Warriors, who have already made the cut, any three of the five teams could advance to the business end of the tournament.

Mysuru Warriors, who have been in formidable form, are sitting pretty at 10 points having won all their matches thus far. They are two points ahead of their nearest competitor Hubli Tigers. The Tigers, provided there are no upsets, should fancy their chances of making the grade. They have two matches in hand, against Mysuru and Rockstars.

Of course, if they lose to table toppers Mysuru in the match on Wednesday, they’d have to anxiously await the outcome of the last match of the league phase, their tie against the Rockstars on Friday evening.

Bijapur Bulls, with seven points, will clash with Bellary Tuskers in a match that will decide the fate of the teams. The Bulls were thwarted by rain when they had Mangalore United on the mat. However, the two points on Monday night would have done a world of good for their resurgence.

Belagavi Panthers and Namma Shivamogga too are in with a chance and hence the last set of matches should make for a lot of calculations of points, net run rate and other equations. At the end of it, though, only four teams will go through to the next phase of the tournament and even the weather could play a part in determining who would join Mysuru Warriors in the semifinals.

TeamMatchesWonLostTiedNRPointsNRR
Mysuru Warriors55000101.971
Hubli Tigers5410080.329
Bijapur Bulls6320171.351
Bellary Tuskers6330060.776
Namma Shivamogga633006-0.593
Belagavi Panthers523004-0.189
Mangalore United614013-0.11
Rock Stars505000-3.355

Cap Holders:
Orange Cap - R. Samarth – Bijapur Bulls (Runs - 277)
Purple Cap –Sinan Abdul Khader – Bijapur Bulls (Wickets -9)

Top 3 Batsman:R Samarth – Bijapur Bulls – 277 runs
Md. Taha – Hubli Tigers - 216 runs
Rohan Kadam – Bellary Tuskers - 215 runs

Top 3 Bowlers:

Sinan Abdul Khader – Bijapur Bulls – 9 wickets
J Suchith – Mysuru Warriors– 9 wickets
Abhimanyu Mithun – Bijapur Bulls – 9 wickets

DateDayMatchTeamsTimeVenue
28-Sep-16WednesdayMatch 23Rock Stars vs Belagavi Panthers13:30Hubli
  Match 24Hubli Tigers vs Mysuru Warriors17:30Hubli
29-Sep-16ThursdayMatch 25Bijapur Bulls vs Bellary Tuskers13:30Hubli
  Match 26Mangalore United vs Belagavi Panthers17:30Hubli
30-Sep-16FridayMatch 27Mysuru Warriors vs Namma Shivamogga13:30Hubli
  Match 28Hubli Tigers vs Rock Stars17:30Hubli
1-Oct-16SaturdayMatch 29Semi-Final-113:30Hubli
  Match 30Semi-Final-217:30Hubli
2-Oct-16SundayMatch 31Finals17:30Hubli

All matches of the KPL 2016 will be telecast live and exclusive on Sony ESPN SD and Sony ESPN HD Channels.  


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