Mysore 10th August : Captain Karun Nair’s stunning never-beaten score (91 off 52) helped his team Mysore Warriors to a comprehensive 10-wicket victory against Hubli Tigers in the Maharaja Trophy KSCA T20 2022 at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground in Chennai on Wednesday.Batting first The Hubli Tigers lost BU Shiva Kumar (6) early but that didn’t hinder Luvnith Sisodia who was hitting boundaries on the fly.Sisodia’s aggressive style of play accelerated the Tigers to bat in the powerplay.But just when he appeared to be on the verge of an impressive score, he was dismissed for 38 after hitting 9 boundaries.
Following the powerplay Liyan Khan and Naveem MG attempted to keep the momentum in the right direction but were hit for five before Shishir Bhavane was removed due to an injury to his knee that he which he sustained while trying for a second chance to run.
In the middle the innings, the Tigers were at 66/3 with Khan and Sagar Solanki looking great.But just as the stand of 32 was getting going, Solanki was snatched for 8, Khan was next out for 26 and Abhimanyu Mithun followed with 7 wickets.Tushar Singh put his long handle to great useby adding 36 more to the cause, bringing the Tigers total to a spirited 140/6 after just 20 overs.
In response in response, the Mysuru Warriors, with the home crowd cheering them on began off to a good start with captain Karun Nair and Nihal Ullal got settled in well.Both batters were content to not push on the ball and were patient to tackle the poor deliveries.
The mix of tactics took players through the powerplay, which ended at 47/0 with the Tigers bowling looking confused.The batters re-introduced the half-century stand quickly following and continued to work at achieving the goal.
As the midway mark was near, Karun picked up the speed, bringing the total down to 58 in the final 10 overs.The next ball, Karun completed a well fifty in just 31 balls.
Then out he was dancing along the track or fell in one knee to slay bowlers with ease.As Karun increased the pace as he stepped up his game, the Tigers shoulders fell and, before long, openers had completed the job in the 16th over.
This Thursday, Bengaluru Blasters will take on Mangalore United while the Mysore Warriors take on Gulbarga Mystics in another game.Both games are scheduled to be played in Mysore.
Brief Scores: Hubli Tigers – 140/6 in 20 overs (L Sisodia 38, Tushar Singh 36 not out, Shreyas Gopal 2/22, Vidyadhar Patil 1/32) lost to Mysore Warriors 141/0 in 15.5 overs (Karun Nair 91 not out, Nihal Ullal 48 not out) by 10 wickets