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Karnataka Premier League 2018, Match 1: Bengaluru Blasters vs Belegavi Panthers, Live Score, Commentary, and Updates

Follow the live updates and commentary of the match between Bengaluru Blasters and Belegavi Panthers
Updated: 15 August 2018 22:27 IST - Published: 15 August 2018 17:53 IST
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That concludes an extremely one-sided inaugural match for KPL 2018. The Panthers were never in the chase right from the very beginning. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and none of the batsmen were able to stick around at the crease for a long time. That's all from us at Sportskeeda. Hope you enjoyed the match. 

Join us for tomorrow's match between Hubli Tigers and Bijapur Bulls at 18:40 IST.


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And that's the match! The Blasters win the inaugural match by 67 runs. What a dominating performance by the home side to kick start the tournament.

Panthers 161-8 after 20 overs

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An excellent over for Bhandage with just 5 runs coming off it and two wickets to his name.

Panthers 154-8 in 19 overs
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And another wicket for Bhandage! His third one today. Akshay Ballal departs.

Akshay Ballal c Uthappa b Manoj S Bhandage 22(17) [4s-3]
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WICKET! Another one bites the dust! Avinash departs.

Avinash D b Manoj S Bhandage 23(17) [4s-3]
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The number of overs which have produced 7 or 8 runs in this innings has been way too many! Another 7 run over.

Panthers 149-6 in 18 overs
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A large chunk of the fans have decided to head home given that this match is more or less over. 22 runs per over for the Panthers
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An excellent spell by Doddamani comes to an end. He conceded just 27 runs in 4 overs and picked up 2 wickets.

Panthers 142-6 in 17 overs
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A good over for the batting side after a long time! 12 runs coming off that.

Blasters 135-6 after 16 overs
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The Blasters have bowled extremely well today and not allowed the opposition batsmen to take control. Just 7 runs off that over.

Blasters 123-6 after 15 overs
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8 runs off that over and it looks like it's match over already.

Panthers 116-6 after 14 overs
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WICKET! Bowled! Rakshith does not trouble the scorers, dismissed for 3.

Rakshith S b Chethan William 3(6)
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Just 7 runs off that previous over, which is not really going to help the Panthers' case.

Panthers 108-5 after 13 overs
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WICKET! Sharath is dismissed for 49! After some huge sixes, he looks to come down the track but is stumped out.

Sharath st M Vishwanathan b Anand Doddamani 49(25) [4s-2 6s-5]
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An average over for the Panthers ,with 9 runs coming off it. The required run-rate is now 16 runs per over.

Panthers 101-4 after 12 overs
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3 sixes in a row by Sharath! What clean striking by the batsman. He is approaching his half-century.

Panthers 92-4 after 11 overs
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WICKET! That's a big one! Captain Stuart Binny departs after scoring just 6 runs. Mitrakanth Yadav gets his first wicket of the match.

Binny c V Koushik b Mitrakanth 6(9)
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They have finally got a move on here, with 16 runs coming off that over, mainly off the bat of Sharath.

Panthers 73-3 after 10 overs
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Another good over for the bowling side. The required run-rate is over 15 runs per over now!

Panthers 57-3 after 9 overs
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Another slow over for the batting side. They really need to get a move on here if they want to make a match out of this.

Panthers 53-3 after 8 overs
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The Panthers require 183 runs at over 13 runs per over. Phew! Will they be able to get back into the game?

Panthers 46-3 after 7 overs
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WICKET! Dikshanshu Negi departs after scoring 20 runs. The Blasters seem to be running away with the match.

Dikshanshu c Arshdeep Singh Brar b Manoj S Bhandage 20(18) [4s-3]
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WICKET! Sadiq Kirmani departs after scoring 18.

Sadiq Kirmani c KB Pawan b Anand Doddamani 18(18) [4s-2]

Panthers 40-2 after 6 overs
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Finally, a good over for the Panthers. They need a lot more of that.

Panthers 26-1 after 4 overs
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Another good over for the Blasters. The Panthers need to pull their socks up.

Panthers 14-1 after 3 overs
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An extremely slow start by the Panthers in the first 2 overs, with just 10 runs coming off it. They also lost the wicket of Stallin Hoover, who was dismissed for a golden duck.

Stallin Hoover c Arshdeep Singh Brar b V Koushik 0(1)

Panthers 10-1 after 2 overs
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Welcome back to Sportskeeda for the chase!
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What a start to the KPL by the home side, Bengaluru Blasters. Robin Uthappa was the star of the batting line-up scoring 81 runs. Vishwanathan and Pavan Deshpande chipped in with good knocks as well. Nothing went right for the Panthers' bowlers apart from captain Stuart Binny's spell which saw him pick up three wickets. The Blasters managed to score the second highest total ever in the KPL.
It is up to the defending champions to chase this mammoth total down now. Join us back for the chase in 15 mins.

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A good over to end things off, with 11 runs coming off it! What a start to the KPL. Entertainment to the max!

Blasters 228-5 after 20 overs
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A six to start the 20th over and that is the second highest score ever in the KPL! 

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A six to end Binny's spell. He bowled well however, picking up three wickets.

Blasters 217-5 after 19 overs
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WICKET! Binny bowls a full-toss and gets lucky with the wicket of Deshpande, who scored a fantastic 46. This is Binny's third wicket in the match

Pavan Deshpande c Shubang Hegde b Binny 46(30) [4s-2 6s-2]
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A four to end a relatively good over by the bowling side! The four was a lucky one, coming off the edge of Williams.

Blasters 203-4 after 18 overs
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The highest ever innings total in the KPL is 245-6 which was scored by Hubli Tigers in 2014. Bengaluru Blasters need 53 runs in 3 overs to get there. They should be able to get the second highest total if they cross 220
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Chetan Williams is the next batsman in
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A wicket in the final delivery of the 17th over! The new bowler Saurabh picks up the wicket of Arshdeep Singh.

Arshdeep Singh Brar c Sadiq Kirmani b Saurabh Yadav 13(7) [4s-1 6s-1]

Blasters 193-4 after 17 overs
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The biggest six of the match, from the bat of Arshdeep Singh Brar. 93 metres. HUGE!
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After Uthappa, it is Deshpande who takes over. They are just 20 runs away from the 200 run mark, which will probably be breached in the next couple of overs.

Blasters 180-3 after 16 overs
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Finally a good over for the bowling side and it was the captain who delivered! Can they restrict the Blasters to under 200 with Binny gone?

Blasters 166-3 after 15 overs
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WICKET! One captain gets the other! Uthappa has to walk back to the pavilion after getting dismissed by Binny. A good catch at the boundary. What an innings, though!

Uthappa c Stallin Hoover b Binny 81(38) [4s-8 6s-6]
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Three sixes in that over by Uthappa, who is enjoying batting at his home ground. What clean striking!

Blasters 160-2 after 14 overs

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Two sixes in 2 balls by Uthappa! Woof!
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50 fifty partnership between Uthappa and Deshpande in 24 balls
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13 runs from that over, including a huge six off the bat of Deshpande. They need another 60 runs in 7 overs to get to 200. Should be easy enough.

Blasters 140-2 after 13 overs
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The fans at the Chinnaswamy are chanting "RCB, RCB!" in unison
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Once again, it was a good over until the last delivery, which Uthappa dispatched away for a four. They are well on their way to score a 200.

Blasters 127-2 after 12 overs
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Blasters 118-2 after 11 overs
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Robin Uthappa reaaches his half century in 26 deliveries! Can he get a 100 today? What a start to the KPL that would be!
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It was an excellent over by Negi until the last delivery which was dispatched down the ground by Uthappa.

Blasters 106-2 after 10 overs
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Pavan Deshpande walks out to bat