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KPL 2018, Belagavi Panthers vs Ballari Tuskers: Live score, Updates, and Commentary

Live updates of the match between Belagavi Panthers and Ballari Tuskers.
Updated: 25 August 2018 18:42 IST - Published: 25 August 2018 10:33 IST
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So that's about it from today's first KPL game, do join us for the second game that begins soon - it is Shivamogga Lions facing the Bengaluru Blasters.
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"Just told my guys to enjoy it - not to play under pressure. Hats off to the guys for the way they played, showed some heart." Stuart Binny, Belagavi Panthers' captain, and also man of the match.
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"Repeating same mistakes again and again. Losing key moments in the game cost us. And we're out of the tournament now - all we can do is play for pride in next two games." CM Gautam, Ballari Tuskers' captain
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Belagavi are now third in the standings, having scripted their maiden win in the season just now (1 win, 1 loss, 1 no-result in 3 matches so far). Meanwhile, the Ballari Tuskers have found themselves out of the competition, having not won a single game yet (3 losses, 1 no-result). They are now penultimate in standings, with the Shivamogga Lions lying below them having played just one game so far, as opposed to Ballari's four.
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Ballari lost their last seven wickets for just 46 runs, as they executed a clean free-fall from a winning position. Excellent comeback from the Belagavi Panthers, as they exhibited some skillful bowling. Skipper Binny was fantastic for Belagavi, as with an all-rounded effort - 31 runs, 2 wickets, 4 catches, and some cleanly planned bowling rotations, just when the Tuskers looked like they were running away with the game.
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Avinash wraps up the proceedings, picking up the last couple of scalps that remained before this over. Ballari have fallen short by 22 runs, with seven more balls to spare in their innings.

Tuskers 135 all-out in 18.5 overs.
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WICKET! That's it, end of the Ballari innings right there. Manjesh Reddy offers a simple catch to Sharath at long-off, and it is anti-climax for the Tuskers. Double blow by Avinash in one over.

Manjesh Reddy c Sharath b Avinash D 9(9)
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Avinash is back for his third over, looking to replicate his previous-over success.

WICKET! Binny takes his fourth catch of the day - and this one was an absolute stunner! This was going for six, but Binny just runs a few metres to his side, leaps and gets hold of the ball in the deep.

Pradeep T c Binny b Avinash D 2(4)
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Stuart Binny gives away seven in his last over, but picking up another wicket as well. Ballari are now 26 runs short of a win, and they have just two overs left, before which they should cross the deficit.

Tuskers 132/8 in 18 overs.
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Amazing turn of events at Mysuru. From a game that was theirs to lose just seven or eight overs ago, Binny and boys have come back in style, and they need just two more wickets to win. Ballari, on the other hand, needs 33 more, and only their tailenders remain.
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Stuart Binny is back for his fourth over.

WICKET!
Binny is being magical here. Another caught-and-bowled. Bhatkal departs.

Ritesh Bhatkal c and b Binny 1(3)
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Just four runs conceded, and wicket too - in that over. 33 needed for Ballari in 18 now. Anyone smelling trouble?

Tuskers 125/7 in 17 overs.
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Avinash might have twisted his ankle while bowling that wicket delivery, as the physio is now taking a look at it. He is good to go again, soon enough.
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Avinash is back, after an expensive first over, where he gave 13 runs away.

WICKET! Three times is the charm, but not more - as Avinash may realise. Holes out a catch in the deep for the Belagavi skipper, who is delirious with joy.

Abhinav Manohar c Binny b Avinash D 10(13) 
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Three runs and a wicket of the sixteenth over. Belagavi tightening its grip over the game now. Required-rate is 9.25 now.
Meanwhile Abhinav may as well go and get a lottery ticket for himself - survives a second catch attempt, in addition to a run-out scare.

Tuskers 121/5 after 16 overs.
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Shubhang Hegde returns to pitch down his third over.

WICKET! Abrar Kazi departs, trying to attempt his first biggie of today. Caught close to the ropes. The bowler is ecstatic.

Abrar Kazi c (sub)Nikin Jose b Shubang Hegde 10(14)
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Niyaz Nisar is back to bowl. Nine runs off the over.
Abhinav survives a catch in the outfield this time - it was a difficult attempt by Shubhang Hegde anyways.

Tuskers 118/5 after 15 overs.
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Abhinav Manohar of Ballari Tuskers survives a run-out chance, while Shubhang Hegde returns to bowl and gives away just three. Required run-rate climbing back up now. The Panthers are catching up.

Tuskers 109/5 after 14 overs.
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Just four runs and an important wicket in that over. Is Belagavi eyeing a comeback?

Tuskers 106/5 after 13 overs.
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Sharath is in for his third over.

WICKET! Gautam departs, lbw and given by the umpire. Sharath finally picks up a wicket.

GM Gautam lbw b Sharath 24(23) [4s-2 6s-1]
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Captain Binny is back for his third over, and he concedes just four. Belagavi will need more of such overs, if they should win.

Tuskers 102/4 after 12 overs.
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9 runs off that over, but a crucial wicket as well. Gautam slowly taking charge for Ballari, as shown by a six.

Tuskers 98/4 after 11 overs.
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Prashanth is back with the ball now.

WICKET! Devdutt trapped in front, in the very first ball of the 11th over.

Devdutt Padikkal lbw b Prashanth S 23(19) [4s-3]
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We are done with one half of the innings, and Ballari are at a safe perching spot at 89/3. The equation has come down to a lesser-demanting target of 69 runs in 60 balls, at almost a run-a-ball.

Gautam and Devdutt are batting with a good resolve, rotating the strike and finding the occasional fence. 
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HS Sharath is back into the Panthers' attack after a very expensive first over (18 runs) - he concedes just six this time.

Tuskers 89/3 after 10 overs.
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