Gulbarga Mystics defeated Shivamogga Lions by 9 wickets after powerful displays from Hardik Raj, Vyshak Vijaykumar, Abhilash Shetty, and Chethan LR. Gulbarga won the toss and sent the Lions to bat first. Despite losing two wickets early, Shivamogga put the runs on the board in the first powerplay. They couldn't carry the momentum and fell short to just 121 runs. Hardik Raj spun Gulbarga Mystics to a commanding position with figures of 3/27, while Vyshak Vijaykumar (2/9) and Abhilash Shetty (2/21) picked up two wickets each.
Gulbarga Mystics then chased the target easily and register a well deserve victory by 9 wickets. Chethan played a unbeatable knock of 58 runs to guide his team to a commanding victory. Aadarsh Prajwal and Noronha also played crucial roles in the chase. Read the Match Report and share your thoughts in the comments.
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The Shivamogga Lions had a good start despite the early dismissals of Rohan Kadam (0) and Nihal Ullal (15). Rohit Kumar (25) and Rohan Naveen (33) built a partnership to help Shivamogga reach 60/2 at the end of first powerplay. The pair built a 48-run partnership in just 28 balls. However, the innings shattered soon after left arm spinner Hardik Raj scalped Rohan Naveen and Abhinav Manohar (0) in the eighth over. The next over saw the dismissal of Rohit Kumar at the hands of Amit Verma leaving the Shivamogga Lions under pressure at 76/5 before the end of ninth over.
Shreyas Gopal (16) and Pranav Bhatia (19) built a 36-run partnership, but both batsmen failed to convert their starts and fell in quick succession as Shreyas Gopal was outplayed by Macneil Noronha and Bhatia was deceived by the pace of Vyshak Vijaykumar. The Shivamogga Lions lost their three remaining wickets for just nine runs including Kranthi Kumar (5) to Vyshak Vijaykumar and Shivraj (0) to Hardik Raj. They only managed to put up a total of 121/10 in 17.4 overs. Hardik Raj returned with a brilliant figure of 3/27, while Vyshak Vijaykumar (2/9) and Abhilash Shetty (2/21) picked up two wickets each.
Gulbarga Mystics looked to chase down the total as quickly as possible. Openers Chethan LR (58*) and Impact Player, Aadarsh Prajwal (37) brought up their 50-run in partnership in just 32 deliveries. Aadarsh Prajwal showed bright striking power with two sixes and three boundaries in the powerplay to lead the Gulbarga Mystics to 59/0. Shreyas Gopal broke the partnership by picking up the vital wicket of the well settled Adarsh Prajwal. Coming in at number three Macneil Noronha (27*) supported Chethan LR who unleashed a riot on the Shivamogga bowling attack getting to his half century in just 30 deliveries including a twenty run over of Shreyas Gopal. The pair put on 66 runs to help Gulbarga cruise home with nine wickets and 7.2 overs to spare.
Brief Scores: Gulbarga Mystics won by 9 wickets.