Bangalore, Sep 5: Defending champions Mangalore United continued their winning march as they notched up fourth victory in a row in the Karbonn Smart Karnataka Premier League (KPL) here today.
At the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday evening, Mangalore cruised to a 35-run success over Bellary Tuskers.
Mangalore bowlers were impressive, left-arm spinner Mitrakant Yadav (3/21) in particular, under the lights as they defended 145. Robin Uthappa, the costliest player of the league, failed in the run-chase, scoring just 11 as an opener. Mayank Agarwal too departed early, for 12.
Tuskers were not allowed to recover from the early jolt of Uthappa and kept losing wickets. They were 69/6 at one stage and finally ended the game with 110/9 in 20 overs.
Earlier, Mangalore's in-form batsman Karun Nair did not click today but Pawan Deshpande (51) hit a half century in team's 145/6. Anirudh Joshi gave the final flourish with a 19-ball 29.
Mangalore will be back on field tomorrow at 1 PM to taken Hubli Tigers. Tuskers face Mysore Warriors on Sunday (September 7).
Mangalore United 145/6 in 20 overs (Pawan Deshpande 51 (45 balls, 5x4), Anirudh Joshi 29 (19b, 4x4, 1x6), Ganesh Satish 17 (25b, 1x6), Karun Nair 17 (12b, 2x4), Mohammed Niyas 3/42, Ritesh Patel 2/14)
Bellary Tuskers 110/9 in 20 overs (Abrar Kazi 14 (15b, 1x6), M Vinod 14 (22b, 1x6), Mayank Agarwal 12 (8b, 2x4), Robin Uthappa 11 (12b, 2x4), Mitrakant Yadav 3/21, SL Akshay 2/26, Pawan Deshpande 1/18, Udit Patel 1/19)
Result - Mangalore won by 35 runs
Man-of-the-match - Pawan Deshpande
Playing tomorrow (Saturday, September 6) in Bangalore
1 PM - Mangalore United Vs Hubli Tigers
5 PM - Belagavi Panthers Vs Mysore Warriors