Hubballi, Oct 1: Chethan William blasted a 13-ball 39 not out to take Hubli Tigers into the final of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) Twenty20 tournament here on Saturday evening (October 1).
William smashed 5 sixes, including 2 in the 19th over as Hubli chased down 154 to defeat Belagavi Panthers by 4 wickets in the first semi-final at the KSCA Stadium. Earlier, William had taken 3 wickets.
Hubli needed 16 from 12 balls and T Pradeep was handed the ball by Belagavi captain R Vinay Kumar, who was to bowl the final over of the match.
The 31-year-old right-hander William sent the first ball of the 19th over for a six and then sealed the game with another six on the 4th ball. Hubli finishing with 156/6 in 18.4 overs.
William and KN Bharath (27 not out, 21 balls, 1x4 2x6) had an unbroken 55-run partnership in just 2.5 overs that turned the contest in favour of Hubli.
William was Hubli's hero as he had blitzed 3 sixes in the 18th over bowled by Sathish Bharadwaj. The equation at the start of the over was 39 off 18 but William changed it in the space of 5 balls.
Earlier, sent to bat first, Belagavi posted 153 for 8 in 20 overs. Opener Anurag Bajpai was the top scorer with 44 runs. William had 3 victims for 41 runs in 4 overs.
Hubli await the winner of Mysuru Warriors and Bellary Tuskers contest. They face off later today. Final will be played at the same venue tomorrow (October 2).
Belagavi Panthers 153/8 in 20 overs (Anurag Bajpai 44 (27 balls, 7x4, 1x6), R Vinay Kumar 33 (33 balls, 2x4), Chetham William 3/41) lost to Hubli Tigers 156/6 in 18.4 overs (Chethan William 39 not out (13 balls, 1x4, 5x6), Dikshanshu Negi 30 (28 balls, 2x4, 1x6), KN Bharath 27 not out (21 balls, 1x4, 2x6), Abhishek Sakuja 2/25)