Mysore, Aug 31: Rockstars (film actors side) would always find it difficult to compete against the professional cricketers. And it did show on Sunday evening when they were handed a 73-run thrashing by Bellary Tuskers in Match 6 of the Karbonn Smart Karnataka Premier League (KPL) here.
Rockstars were no match to the Tuskers at the Gangothri Glades ground. First, they were hammered for 189 runs in 20 overs (highest team score so far) and in the run chase they folded for 116 runs.
This was Rockstars' second straight loss. They had gone down convincingly, by 7 wickets, to defending champions Mangalore United in the league's opener on Thursday (August 28) at the same venue.
Knowing that Rockstars will be easy opponents, even the Tuskers co-owner V Purushotham played the game and bagged four wickets with his off-spin. However, it was left-hander Abrar Kazi, who was the star, with an all-round performance which gave him the Man-of-the-match award.
For the next game, Tuskers will welcome their star batsman and costliest player of the league, Robin Uthappa. He had a niggle and missed out opening two games. They will play on September 3 against Hubli Tigers.
The only consolation for Rockstars was captain Sudeep picking up the 'Best Fielder' award for taking three catches as wicketkeeper.
Despite this lopsided result, Sudeep hoped they could upset one of the teams in the remaininig four matches. He emphasised the fact that they had won the professional players' hearts. They will take the field again tomorrow, against Belagavi Panthers at the same ground.
Bellary Tuskers 189/5 in 20 overs (Abrar Kazi 48 not out (32b, 6x4), Devraj Patil 48 (32 balls, 6x4), Mayank Agarwal 41 (23b, 4x4, 2x6), Vishwanathan 34 (18b, 5x4, 1x6), Raghu Teja 2/39, Vivek Gopan 1/32, GK Anil Kumar 1/30, Vikranth 1/29)
Rockstars 116 all out in 19.1 overs (Siddhanth 36 (32b, 3x4), Vikranth 32 (26b, 4x4, 1x6), V Purushotham 4/32, Abrar Kazi 2/13, Ritesh Bhatkal 2/31, Mayank Agarwal 1/4, K Hoysala 1/11)
Result - Tuskers won by 74 runs
Man-of-the-match - Abrar Kazi
Best Fielder - Sudeep
Playing tomorrow (September 1) in Mysore
5 PM - Belagavi Panthers Vs Rockstars