KPL 2016: Bellary Tuskers notch first win

Hubballi, Sep 23: Bellary Tuskers registered their first win in the 5th edition of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) Twenty20 tournament when they routed Rockstars by 8 wickets at the KSCA Stadium in Rajnagar on Friday (September 23).

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Opting to field first the Tuskers hardly gave the Rockstars any room to cream the bowling. Young opener BR Sharath (23; 30b, 1x6, 1x4) was their top scorer. SL Akshay, another regular cricketer made 20 as Tuskers' left arm spinner IG Anil (3/15), and veteran medium pacer Balachandra Akhil (2/15) bowled tight lines.

KB Pawan in action. He scored 40 not out off 27 for Bellary

Rockstars set a target of 98 which proved wholly inadequate as Tuskers' consistent scorers, former Karnataka opening batsman KB Pawan (40 not out, 27b, 2x6, 4x4) and the left hander Rohan Kadam (40; 33b, 7x4) got them off to a good start.

Kadam was dismissed with the total on 62 but Pawan stayed till the end to see the team collect its first points of the season.

Former Test cricketer GR Viswanath gave away the match awards, with IG Anil bagging the Man-of-the-match award.

Brief scores

Rockstars: 97 for 7 in 20 overs (BR Sharath 23, SL Akshay 20, IG Anil 3/15, B Akhil 2/15) lost to Bellary Tuskers: 98/2 in 11.2 overs (KB Pawan 40 not out, Rohan Kadam 40) by eights wickets.

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