Mysuru, Sep 15: Left-hander J Suchith, who hammered the fastest 50 of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL), a 15-ball 54 for Mysuru Warriors, was not enough to stop the Bijapur Bulls from bulldozing their way to a convincing 7-wicket victory here on Monday night (September 14).
Incidentally, Suchith's blazing knock, studded with 3 fours and 6 towering sixes, matched Yusuf Pathan's 15-ball 50 for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 season.
Chasing the Warriors' 167, Bulls were well served by the top order led by Man-of-the-match Robin Uthappa (49 not out, 34b, 3x4, 2x6) and opener Rajoo Bhatkal (40, 21b, 6x4, 1x6).
The Bulls were cruising along the chase all through with the openers putting on 66 for the first wicket. Then Uthappa took over and in the company of Suneel Raju (23) and Nidesh M (24 not out) guided the team to the target and to the top of the table with 11 points from five wins and one washed out contest.
"It is a pretty good feeling to be man of the match. I wanted the team through the target. Te openers got us through fantastically in the front stages of the innings and useful contributions from the others made it easy. I knew that if I lasted till the end, I could take the team through. I got a few crucial sixes and boundaries," said Uthappa.
Earlier, Suchith's knock and new skipper, CM Gautam's 58 were the highlights of the Warriors innings, who became virtually the first team in the League to face bowing out of competition. They still have 2 matches to go and the use of calculators may still help their cause along with divine intervention.
Taking first strike, the Warriors batsmen showed positives in their approach. There were small and useful partnerships up the order. But unable to step on the peddle meant the team would finish with a total of a little too few.
But Suchith had grand plans as he plundered the last 2 overs from the Bulls. The 19th over saw 23 coming, 22 being taken by Suchith and off the last 5 balls, he hammered Abhimanyu Mithun for 24 runs to take the team to 167 from 120 after the 18th over.
Arjun Hoysala c & b S Raju 13; CM Gautam c Somanna b A Mithun 58 (52b, 4x1, 1x6); MG Naveen c R Samarth b Cariappa 22 (19b, 4x4); Manjesh Reddy (run out) 18; J Suchith (not out) 54 (15b, 3x4, 6x6); K Gowtham c Somanna b A Mithun 1; Shoiab Manager (not out) 0
Extras: (lb-1) 1
Total: (For 5 wickets, 20 overs) 167
Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Hoysala); 2-76 (Naveen); 3-108 (Reddy); 4-120 (Gautam); 5-143 (Gowtham)
Bowling: Abhimanyu Mithun 4-0-35-2; Vyshak Vijay Kumar 2-0-17-0; Suneel Raju 4-0-27-1; Rajoo Bhatkal 2-0-14-0; KC Cariappa 4-0-30-1; KP Appanna 4-0-43-0
R Samarth c Suchith b S Kumar 34 (34b 5 x 4); Rajoo Bhatkal st CM Gautam b J Suchith 40 (21b, 6 x 4, 1 x 6); Robin Uthappa (not out) 49 (34b, 3 x 4, 2 x 6); Suneel Raju c Suchith b Gowtham 23 (16b, 1 x 4, 2 x 6); M Nidesh (not out) 24 (13b, 2 x 4, 1 x 6)
Extras: (lb-1) 1
Total: (For 3 wickets, 19.4 overs) 171
Fall of wickets: 1-66 (Bhatkal); 2-80 (Samarth); 3-117 (Raju)
Bowling: K Gowtham 4-0-40-1; Sunil Kumar 4-0-40-1; David Mathias 2.4-0-28-0; J Suchith 4-0-23-1; Anand Doddamani 4-0-31-0; CK Akshay 1-0-8-0
Toss: Won by Bijapur Bulls; opted to field
Result: Bijapur Bulls won by 7 wickets with 2 balls to spare