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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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The Lions' captain Aniruddha Joshi is back to roll over his arms.
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Just three runs conceded - the Lions are getting it right. Bharath survives a catching attempt in the very last ball.

Blasters 70/5 after 11 overs.
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Kishore Kamat will bowl the eleventh over.
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We are halfway through the Bengaluru innings, and they will need to do much better in the upcoming half - the required run-rate is now at exactly eight, and the loss of five wickets means they need to be careful as well - will they able to pull this through?
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Four runs off it - a good over for the Lions.

Blasters 67/5 after 10 overs.
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Abilash Shetty with ball once again, as the innings nears its half-stage.
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Nine runs off the over, as Bharath slams another four. the chasers will need more of such overs.

Blasters 63/5 after 9 overs.
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Prithvi is back - two wickets for none - his numbers so far.
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Bharath Devaraj helps himself to a four, and then finds himself almost at the brink of a catch. Seven runs off that over in total - also bringing up the Blasters' 50.

Blasters 54/5 after 8 overs.
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Another bowling change - it is Abilash Shetty now.
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Just four runs given away, and a wicket taken - Lions' captain leading by example here.

Blasters 47/5 after 7 overs. 

Hmm. Trouble.
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Aniruddha Joshi brings himself on to bowl.

WICKET! Kishore Kamat stays rooted to his spot, as Bhandage simply drives one straight into his palms.

Manoj S Bhandage c Kishore Kamat b Aniruddha Joshi 3(6)

Bharath Devaraj comes to the crease.
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End of the batting powerplay for the Bengaluru side. Just a tad better than how their opponents fared in their turn.
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Three runs off it, a good over for the Lions. They need more such overs to seal the game.

Blasters 43/4 after 6 overs.
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Kishore Kamat joins the Lions' party from the other end.
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A double-wicket maiden! What an over from Prthvi.

Blasters 40/4 in 5 overs.
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WICKET! "Catch it!" is the call, and that is what Abilash Shetty does. Brar lasts just three balls and scores a nought.

Arshdeep Singh Brar c Abilash Shetty b Prithvi Shekawat 0(3)

Manoj Bhandage is in to bat now.
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Prithvi Shekawat replaces Aditya Somanna now.

WICKET! KB holes a delivery straight down Jonathan's throat. Simplest of catches.

KB Pawan c Jonathan R b Prithvi Shekawat 6(10) [4s-1]

Arshdeep Singh Brar comes to the crease.
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Deshpande is full of intent; smacks four balls to the fence. He has scored only in boundaries so far - 6 fours.
18 runs scored. Good over for the Blasters.

Blasters 40/2 after 4 overs.
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It is Hoysala at the other bowling end.

It is Pawan (KB) and Pavan (Deshpande) for the Blasters. We will be calling them KB and Deshpande respectively, for avoiding confusion.
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Another good wicket for Aditya, followed by two back-to-back boundaries from Blasters' Deshpande. Ten runs off it in all.

Blasters 22/1 after 3 overs.
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Aditya Somanna is back from the far end.

WICKET! He is on fire here, this is his second scalp. Peach of a delivery from him, duly nicked to the keeper by Vishwanath. And the celebrations follow.

M Vishwanathan c Nihal Ullal b Somanna 5(6) [4s-1]

Pavan Deshpande is the new man in.
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Five runs from the over. Pawan with a four.

Blasters 13/1 after 2 overs.
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K Hoysala comes into the Lions' attack from the other end.
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This is Uthappa's second duck in a row, by the way.
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