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KPL 2018, Shivamogga Lions vs Bengaluru Blasters: Live Score, Updates, and Commentary

Live updates from the match between Shivamogga Lions and Bengaluru Blasters
Updated: 25 August 2018 22:20 IST - Published: 25 August 2018 15:50 IST
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So that's about it from today's games from the KPL, do join us for the matches tomorrow as well. Good Night!
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Bengaluru continue at the top of the table, with three wins from four matches now. Shivamogga, meanwhile, continue at the bottom, having lost both of their outings so far.
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Abhishek Bhat is the man of the match for his spell of 2-0-16-1 and the 19-ball-40 (three each of fours and sixes).
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Robin Uthappa, captain of the Bengaluru Blasters:
"I think the bowlers got us out. They deserve all the credit. And kudos to Abhishek Bhat - he bowled well and that innings towards the end was magnificent. Pretty happy to be at the top of the table and as a batting unit, we want to pick up momentum, take cues from today and go well for the rest of the tournament."
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Aniruddha Joshi, captain of the Shivamogga Lions:
"Actually it's a good game. We had the game till the 13th over and the catch that I dropped in the 14th over cost us the game. I'm really proud of my team and we will come back strong next game."
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Robin Uthappa will be delighted with the verve exhibited by his team today. They were 46/5 at one stage, and from there, they have crossed the finish line with an adequate number of balls to spare. Easily one of the best come-from-behind wins in the history of KPL.

Abhishek Bhat deserves a lot of credit, the way he orchestrated his innings of 40 runs in just 19 balls. The Shivamogga bowlers, on the other hand, might want to learn a thing or two about bowling at the death.
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And they do - First ball of the last over! Pitched up good by Somanna to whom that last over was assigned, Koushik just jabs at it and sends it to the fence behind him. The Blasters have done an absolute turnaround here, coming back to win this game by two wickets!

Blasters 147/8 after 19.1 overs.
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The Blasters are just a hit away now. Can they do it?
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Seven scored! It was three until the last ball, and then Hoysala committed the blunder of gifting Abhishek a simple ball which he promptly let soar into the long-on fence. Mitrakanth's wicket will be of no use now to the Lions.

Blasters 143/8 after 19 overs.
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11 needed from 12 for the Blasters. Hoysala will bowl the important penultimate over.

WICKET! Abilash Shetty you beauty! Fourth catch in the innings, as he sends Mitrakanth packing. The game's momentum is shifting sides with every ball now.

Mitrakanth c Abilash Shetty b K Hoysala 1(4)

V Koushik comes to the crease.
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Wicket, six, two wides, missed run-out chance, overthrow, four - it was all there in the eighteenth over. Fourteen runs off it, and the wicket really does not give the Lions any advantage at this point. The only thing Somanna did right was the first ball, which got him the wicket - afterwards, things went haywire.

Blasters 136/7 after 18 overs.
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Aditya Sommanna is back. He was responsible for the initial Blasters' downfall.

WICKET! Somanna strikes a third time! Bharath looked to hoist it high over mid-on, but it lacked distance as Abilash completes his third catch for the day.

Bharath Devaraj c Abilash Shetty b Somanna 38(41) [4s-4]

Mitrakanth Yadav is the new man in.
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25-from-18 needed. Seems possible for the Blasters now. They scored 24 in the last two overs.
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Ten runs from the over. The game is evenly poised now - courtesy of the last couple of overs.

Blasters 122/6 after 17 overs.
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Prithvi will bowl his final over now.
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Fourteen runs scored, as Abhishek Bhat welcomes and bids goodbye to the bowler - slamming sixes on both occasions.
Blasters cross the three-digit mark as well.

Blasters 112/6 after 16 overs.
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Welcome to the death overs, but it really looks like the Blasters are more or less dead already.
Aniruddha Joshi will bowl his final over right now.
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Nine runs off the over. Abhishek Bhat finds the fence on one occasion.

Blasters 98/6 after 15 overs.
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Prithvi is back for his third over now.
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5 runs. The captain has managed his own abilities and the other available resources, very well so far.

Blasters 89/6 after 14 overs.
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Aniruddha Joshi into the attack again. 
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Too much for the Blasters' tail-enders to do now. The Lions are four wickets away from securing their first win of the season.
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Nine runs and a wicket off that over. Another four for Bharath as well.

Blasters 84/6 after 13 overs.
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Kishore Kamat has been brought back to bowl.

WICKET! I guess you all had forgotten about Deshpande, who stopped dealing in fours and started taking singles some time ago. He finally attempted another big one, only to rest in Jonathan's hands in the deep.

Pavan Deshpande c Jonathan R b Kishore Kamat 34(23) [4s-6]

Abhishek Bhat comes into the crease.
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Five runs conceded by Joshi there.

Blasters 75/5 after 12 overs.
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