Shivamogga beat Bengaluru to set up a semi-final match-up with Hubli Tigers
Bengaluru, August 27: Shivamogga Lions beat Bengaluru Blasters by 11 points in the Maharaja Trophy KSCA T20 to finish fourth on the points table and advance to the semi-finals.
Powerful strikes from Abhinav Manohar (58* from 25 balls) and Shreyas Gopal (43 from 23 balls) in their 102-run partnership proved to be too much for Bengaluru as Dr. Nishal hit 68 off 40 balls in vain as Bengaluru finished their innings at 181/ 8.
The Shivamogga Lions had a modest strong play, scoring 37 runs for the loss of one wicket in the form of Nihal Ullal (10), who fell to Shubhang Hegde in the fourth over after being asked by Kalyani Bengaluru Blasters to bat first.
Opener Rohan Kadam (35) added 42 runs for the second wicket with Vinay Sagar (32) before he was decimated by Sarfraz Ashraf in the ninth over and at the end of the score was 64-2.
Bengaluru’s Tanish Mahesh disposed Rohit Kumar (8) and a well-prepared Vinay Sagar in the 12th over brought Abhinav Manohar and Shreyas Gopal to the crease at 86-4. The duo hit right away to bring the score to 116-4 by the end of the fifteenth day.
Captain Shreyas Gopal (43 from 23 balls) and Abhinav Manohar (58 not out from 25 balls) went on an absolute rampage, wrecking Bengaluru’s bowlers into death and making the fielding side pay for the multiple catches dropped.
Manohar went on to revive his half century in 21 balls. Gopal was bowled by Tanish Mahesh on the penultimate ball of the innings after a massive 102-run partnership off just 47 balls as the team finished 192-5 from 20 overs, which included 98 runs in their last seven overs.
In the second half, Bengaluru captain Mayank Agarwal (14) was dismissed by his counterpart Shreyas Gopal at the end of the third but openers AJ Jasper (22) and D Nichal (68) found boundaries on a few occasions to take the score to 48-1 by the end of the Powerplay.
EJ Jasper was dismissed by Pranav Bhatia in the seventh inning for bringing Southpaw Pavan Deshpande (8) to the crease, who was run out in the 10th minute and the score was ultimately 76-3.
D. Nischal brought up a massive half-century in 30 balls during his 60-run partnership with Shubhang Hegde (15) which came off 30 balls. Hegde was dismissed by HS Sharath in the 15th over and Bengaluru was left with 60 to reach the last five overs.
D. Nischal was run out in the 17th over after a well-made 68 off 40 balls.
A late attack from Suraj Ahuja (27) was nullified as he was pushed back onto the wing by Kranthi Kumar while Aditya Somana picked up the wickets of Aman Khan (10) and LR Kumar (6) in the final over to help the Shivamuja Lions win. 11 rounds and secure a place in the semi-finals, where they will face Hubli Tigers while Mysuru Warriors will play Gulbarga Mystics.
Shivamogga Lions 192/5 in 20 overs (Abhinav Manohar 58*, Shreyas Gopal 43, Rohan Kadam 35; Tanish Mahesh 3-50, Sarfaraz Ashraf 1-25) beat Bengaluru Blasters 181/8 in 20 overs (Dr. Nishal 68, Suraj Ahuja 29, AJ Jasper 22, Aditya Sumana 2-24, Pranav Bhatia 1-15) by 11 points.
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