KPL 2016: Namma Shivamogga beat Mangalore United by 7 wickets

Hubballi, Sep 23: Pavan Deshpande walked in at the fall of the third wicket and totally disrupted Mangalore United's game plan. The left-hander's aggressive running between the wickets with skipper Stuart Binny and free flow of strokes on either side of the pitch saw Namma Shivamogga register a 7-wicket win in the fifth edition of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) Twenty20 tournament on Thursday (September 22).

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Chasing 144 for a win the Shivamogga team were 69 for three in the 10th over when Pavan joined Binny and set about flaying the rival attack.

Shivamogga's KP Appanna receives his Man-of-the-match cheque

His brilliant 47 off just 30 deliveries (2x6, 5x4) and the unbroken 75-run 4th wicket stand with Binny 31 not out (23b, 4x4) saw the team winning in a canter with 13 balls to spare.

Earlier, put in to bat, Mangalore made an excellent late rally to ramp up their final score to 143 for 6 from 20 overs. The Mangaloreans were 100 for four in the 17th overs and were in danger of being restricted to under 125. But M Nidhish (32; 18b, 1x6, 4x4) changed gear and led the charge on the opposition.

Mangalore had a good opening stand of 69 between their most experienced batsmen, CM Gautham (49; 45b, 6x4) and skipper Karun Nair (29; 30b 4x4). Although the duo had weathered the new ball and set a good platform, the other batsmen failed to capitalise on it.

Then, just when it looked like Shivamogga would have a cakewalk Nidhish came up with his late assault. Left-arm spinner KP Appanna (2/17) was the pick of the bowlers and was hence declared man of the match.


Brief scores

Mangalore United: 143/6 in 20 overs (CM Gautam 49, M Nidhish 32, Karun Nair 29, KP Appana 2/17) lost to Namma Shivamogga: 144/3 in 17.5 overs (Pavan Deshpande 47 not out, Stuart Binny 31 not out, Sadiq Kirmani 26) by 7 wickets.

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