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KPL 2016: Hubli Tigers maul Rockstars

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A mammoth victory lands the Tigers a semi-final spot against the Belagavi Panthers.

Md. Taha struck 59 off 36 balls.JPG
Md. Taha struck 59 off 36 balls

Hubli Tigers were too strong for Rockstars in the final match of the league phase. The Tigers needed to win this match to climb to the second position in the table and they did it emphatically in the Karbonn KPL powered by Cycle Pure Agarbathies T20 tournament at the KSCA Stadium in Rajnagar on Friday night.

The 85- run win earned them a clash against Belagavi Panthers in the first semifinal to be played on Saturday afternoon. In the second semifinal of the day Mysuru Warriors will battle it out with Bellary Tuskers.

Rockstars set a target of 185 in 18 overs were never up to the task and although opener Vihaan Rajeev (31; 16b, 3x6, 2x4)) struck a few lusty blows they fell way short of the target.

Earlier, put in to bat in the rain-restricted match, opener Mohammed Taha (59; 36b, 2x6, 8x4) flayed the attack with some stinging strokes all round the wicket. His second wicket partnership of 72 in 42 balls with skipper Kunal Kapoor (27) put Tigers on the road to a huge total. Taha was named the man of the match for his fine innings. Later, Kranthi Kumar (33 n.o; 12b, 2x6, 3x4) stepped on the gas to cash in on the stand.

The Tigers finished with 10 points while the Rockstars failed to open their points tally.

Brief scores:

Hubli Tigers: 184 for 7 in 18 overs innings closed  (Md. Taha 59, Kranthi Kumar 33 n.o, Kunal Kapoor 27, Dikshanshu Negi 25, SL Akshay 3/37, Raju Gowda 2/26) beat Rockstars: 99 for 5 in 18 overs (Vihaan Rajeev 31, RK Rahul 37) 85 runs

Points Table at the end of Hubli Tigers vs  RockStar:

Team

Mat

Won

lost

Tied

NR

PTS

NRR

Mysuru Warriors(Q)

7

7

0

0

0

14

+1.764

Hubli Tigers(Q)

7

5

2

0

0

10

+0.791  

Belagavi Panthers(Q)

7

4

3

0

0

8

+0.827

Bellary Tuskers(Q)

7

4

3

0

0

8

+0.780

Bijapur Bulls

7

3

3

0

1

7

+1.023

Namma Shivamogga

7

3

4

0

0

6

-0.781

Mangalore United

7

1

5

0

1

3

-0.511

Rock Stars

7

0

7

0

0

0

-3.858

 

Cap Holders:
 
Orange Cap-M Agarwal(395 Runs)
Purple Cap-J Suchith(13 Wickets)

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:

Semi Final 1 - Hubli Tigers vs Belagavi Panthers
Semi Final 2 - Mysuru Warriors vs Bellary Tuskers


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