Bangalore, Sep 5: Unbeaten half centuries from MG Naveen (71) and R Samarth (68) piloted Bijapur Bulls to an easy nine-wicket victory over Belagavi Panthers in the Karbonn Smart Karnataka Premier League (KPL) here today.
Naveen and Samarth added 141 runs for the unfinished second wicket partnership as Bulls chased down 146 in 16.4 overs. The duo was on the attack right through the innings. Naveen smashed 5 sixes and 3 fours in his 39-ball 71 not out. The right-hander was impressive, striking the ball cleanly. Samarth hit 1 six and 8 boundaries in his 60-ball 68.
Earlier, Panthers posted 145/7 in 20 overs. Rohan Kadam was the top scorer with 30 while captain R Vinay Kumar hit 29. Abhimanyu Mithun took two wickets.
Belagavi Panthers 145/7 in 20 overs (Rohan Kadam 30 (29 balls 3x4), R Vinay Kumar 29 (25b 3x4), D Nidhish 25 (16b, 1x4, 1x6), Bharath Chipli 20 (21b 1x4, 1x6), Abhimanyu Mithun 2/35, KP Appanna 2/20, MG Naveen 1/17)
Bijapur Bulls 146/1 in 16.4 overs (MG Naveen 71 not out (39b, 3x4, 5x6), R Samarth 68 (60b, 8x4, 1x6), R Vinay Kumar 1/16)
Result - Bulls won by 9 wickets
Man-of-the-match - MG Naveen