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KPL 2016: Bellary Tuskers stun champions Bulls

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The Tuskers secure a place in the semi-finals after their victory over the defending champions.

B Akhil scored a blistering 61 from 38 balls to take Bellary Tuskers to the semis.JPG
B Akhil scored a blistering 61 off 38 balls to take Bellary Tuskers to the semis

A brilliant unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 104 runs in 11.2 overs between skipper B Akhil and GS Chiranjeevi helped Bellary Tuskers stun champions Bijapur Bulls in the fifth Karbonn KPL powered by Cycle Pure Agarbathies T20 tournament at the KSCA Stadium in Rajnagar on Thursday.

The win was all the sweeter as it assured Tuskers of a place in the semifinals. Bijapur Bulls who finished their league engagements with seven points have to now anxiously await the result of the Mangalore United Vs Belagavi Panthers match. A win for Mangalore or even a no result would help Bulls make the cut.

Tuskers met with luck at the toss and with heavy overcast conditions prevailing, had no hesitation in asking Bulls to take first strike. The afternoon match played almost right through under lights went well for the Bulls as long as opener R Samarth (38, 28b, 2x6, 3x4) was at the wicket.

But his departure and that of Robin Uthappa (29) was soon followed by a spell of heavy rain. When play resumed the overs were restricted to 17 overs a side. Bijapur Bulls lost wickets in search of runs and were contained to 125 for 9.

Chasing a VJD method target of 130, Tuskers lost their top order batsmen cheaply and were 8 for three and soon 29 for four before Akhil (61 n.o; 38b, 3x6, 5x4) and Chiranjeevi (42 n.o; 31b, 5x4) kept the faith and did the rescue act.

They rotated strike often and then struck boundaries every now and then to keep the target in sight. Man of the match Akhil showed maturity and experience by controlling the innings. He kept his partner going to make light of the task. A couple of dropped catches, probably owing to the wet ball helped their cause. The win came in the 16th over amid great celebration.

Brief scores:

Bijapur Bulls: 125 for 9 in 17 overs (R Samarth 38, Robin Uthappa 29, Amit Verma 3/22, Prateek Jain 2/30) lost to Bellary Tuskers: 133 for 4 in 15.5 overs (B Akhil 61 n.o, GS Chiranjeevi 42 n.o, Abhimanyu Mithun 2/16) by 6 wickets. Target 130 by VJD method 

Points Table at the end of Match 25-Bellary Tuskers vs Bijapur Bulls:

Team

Mat

Won

lost

Tied

NR

PTS

NRR

Mysuru Warriors

6

6

0

0

0

12

+1.736

Bellary Tuskers

7

4

3

0

0

8

+0.780

Hubli Tigers

6

4

2

0

0

8

+0.171

Bijapur Bulls

7

3

3

0

1

7

+1.023

Belagavi Panthers

6

3

3

0

0

6

+0.537

Namma Shivamogga

6

3

3

0

0

6

-0.594

Mangalore United

6

1

4

0

1

3

-0.110

Rock Stars

6

0

6

0

0

0

-3.716

Cap Holders:

Orange Cap: R Samarth

Purple Cap: J Suchith

Tomorrows Match:

Match 27: Mysuru Warriors vs Namma Shimovagga

Match 28: Hubli Tigers vs Rock Stars

 

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