Mysore, Aug 30: Stalin Hoover's fine all-round performance gave Belagavi Panthers a winning start to their campaign in the Karbonn Smart Karnataka Premier League (KPL) here today.
Hoover hit 20 not out and took three wickets as Panthers handed Hubli Tigers a second straight loss at the Gangothri Glades ground.
After scoring 156/6 in 20 overs, Panthers kept the Tigers to 142/8 in 20 overs to emerge victorious by 14 runs.
Hoover was well complimented in the bowling department by captain R Vinay Kumar and NC Aiyappa, who both were excellent in the final overs.
KL Rahul was the top scorer for Tigers with 45 while Kranthi Kumar made 33. After a good start, Tigers lost their way.
Kadam takes Panthers to 156/6
Left-hander Rohan Kadam's 44-ball 60 helped Panthers post 156/6 in 20 overs. Number three batsman Kadam hit five fours and a six on way to his 60. After losing Suneel Raju early, Panthers recovered through Kadam and Bharath Chipli (17) to post a good total.
Panthers skipper Vinay won the toss and opted to bat first. Raju was dismissed for 6 in the second over. Chipli and Kadam had a partnership of 30 runs for the second wicket.
Kadam held the innings together and was the sixth wicket to fall in the 17th over.
Towards the end, Vinay (16), K Gowtham (13 not out) and Hoover (20 not out) were instrumental in taking the Panthers past the 150-run mark.
Right-arm medium pacer Kranthi Kumar was the most successful bowler for Tigers with figures of 3/21 in four overs. Left-arm spinner Vinoo Prasad took two wickets for 27 in four overs.
Tigers lost their opening game to Mysore Warriors yesterday at the same venue.
Belagavi Panthers 156/6 in 20 overs (Rohan Kadam 60 (44 balls, 5x4, 1x6), Stalin Hoover 20 not out (10b, 2x4, 1x6), Bharath Chipli 17 (18b, 2x4), R Vinay Kumar 16 (15b, 2x4), M Kranthi Kumar 3/21, Vinoo Prasad 2/27, B Akhil 1/16)
Hubli Tigers 142/8 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 45 (35b, 4x4, 1x6), Kranthi Kumar 33 (22b, 2x4, 1x6), Mohammed Taha 17 (18b, 1x4, 1x6), Stalin Hoover 3/20, Suneel Raju 1/13, NC Aiyappa 1/23, Vinay Kumar 1/30)
Result - Panthers won by 14 runs
Man of the match - Stalin Hoover
Best Fielder - Mohammed Taha
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