Hubballi, Sep 21: Rain saved Mangalore United from great embarrassment after they were reduced to 45/7 from 9 overs by champions Bijapur Bulls in the 5th edition of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) Twenty20 tournament at the KSCA Stadium in Rajnagar on Wednesday (September 21). The contest was abandoned due to rain.
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Mangalore were fortified by the return of star batsman Karun Nair. The batsman, who was away representing India A on the tour of Australia and hence missed the initial KPL matches, was back in the mix and opened the batting today.
But Bijapur Bulls who won the toss and inserted the opposition came out with aggressive intent to push Mangalore on the mat. Paceman Abhimanyu Mithun was devastating in the first two overs.
He got the ball to nip off the seam at a menacing pace and dismissed last match centurion Nishant Sekhawat with the first ball of the match. Next over he had left hander Shishir Bhavane edging to the keeper.
At the other end Zahroor Farooqui got the prize wicket of Karun Nair who was out hooking. Suddenly the Mangalore innings was in a complete mess as they lost their top seven batsmen. Then came the rains that saved their day.
Mithun, Farooqui and MG Naveen each picked up two wickets.
The teams pocketed a point each.