Mysore, Aug 28: Defending champions Mangalore United eased to a seven-wicket victory over Rockstars (film stars XI) in the opening match of the Karbonn Karnataka Premier League (KPL) here tonight at Gangothri Glades ground.
Chasing 118, Mangalore cruised home with opener and star batsman Karun Nair top scoring with 46 (44 balls, 5x4, 1x6). Right-handed Karun, who was retained by the franchise, made the most of an early reprieve to guide the run-chase. Mangalore won in 18.1 overs, scoring 118/3. Pawan Deshpande hit the winning runs, remaining unbeaten on 24. Ganesh Satish made 27 (23 balls, 2x4).
Captain Rohit Sabharwal, who partnered Nair at the top, scored 11. He too was dropped early in his innings. Rockstars' fielders dropped both openers inside the first four overs. Dhruv Sharma was the unlucky bowler on both occasions.
After the match, Rockstars captain Sudeep said they were 30 to 40 runs short. "This side went very easy on us. It was too low a total. We gave a good fight. With 30-40 runs more, we could have had a decent competition," Sudeep said.
"We realised that we are not that bad (to compete with professionals). Need to be little disciplined in batting and bowling. We will get back. We gave our best today," he added.
Winning captain Rohit said: "We did well. They really played well. We cannot take any game lightly. We chased it comfortably. We will do well as a team as the tournament progresses."
Rockstars post 117/7 in 20 overs
Earlier, Rockstars set a 118-run target for Mangalore United to win. Rockstars scored 117/7 in 20 overs after Mangalore skipper Rohit won the toss and opted to field first.
Offspinner Udit Patel was the most successful bowler for Mangalore with figures of 3/25 in his four-over spell. He bowled one maiden over. Left-arm spinner Mitrakant Singh took two wickets for 12 runs. Paceman SL Akshay had one success.
For Rockstars, Pradeep was the top scorer with 44 runs off 39 balls. He hit two sixes in one of Udit's overs but perished in the same over going for a third big hit. Opener Rajeev was the next best with the bat for Rockstars with 35 off 24. Rajeev hit 6 fours and 1 six. Pradeep scored 3 boundaries and 2 sixes. Mangalore started off well with opening paceman Ronit More bowling a maiden in the very first over of the league.
At end of the innings, Rockstars captain Sudeep said they were looking at a score of 140. "We were aiming for a score of 140," he said.
KPL is a seven-team Twenty20 league organised by Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). It runs till September 12.
Rockstars 117/7 in 20 overs (Pradeep 44, Rajeev 35, Dhruv Sharma 22, Udit Patel 3/25, Mitrakant Singh 2/12, SL Akshay 1/10) lost to Mangalore United 118/3 in 18.1 overs (Karun Nair 46, Ganesh Satish 27, Pawan Deshpande 24 not out, Rohit Sabharwal 11, Vikranth 2/19, Pradeep 1/18)
Man of the match - Karun Nair
Best fielder - Udit Patel
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