Bengaluru: Devdutt Padikkal’s stock continued to rise as the stylish left-hander smashed a vibrant half-century to guide Ballari Tuskers to a comfortable win over Hubli Tigers in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL 2019) here on Monday (August 19).

Padikkal, who continued to elicit comparisons to Yuvraj Singh for his wristy play, called on shots with elegance to race to 70 from 56 balls in guiding Tuskers to 163/8 from 20 overs.

The Tigers, in response, got off the blocks precariously, losing Mohammad Taha in the opening over. M Vishwanathan’s 30 raised the run-rate and hopes, but their run chase withered with the loss of regular wickets. Tigers finished their innings on 154/9 in 20 overs to suffer a nine-run loss, their second in as many games.

Coming into the game with a five-run win over Belagavi Panthers under their belt, Tuskers looked every bit the side with confidence. Their openers Karthik CA (9) and Abhishek Reddy (24) displayed plenty of aggression, but the Tigers felt the full force of their opponents only when Padikkal got going and finished with his second half-century of the tournament.

With the sun finally shining down on the M Chinnaswamy stadium, R Vinay Kumar, the Tigers’ skipper, hoped to use the early moisture and peg back the Tuskers’ attacking batting line-up. His reading of the conditions and surface didn’t reflect on the scorecard as Tuskers reached 81 for 2 in 10 overs.

The Tuskers lost some traction in the last five overs, losing three wickets in three deliveries, but they still managed to cross the 160-run mark.

Tigers’ reply wasn’t ideal with Taha falling to Prasiddh Krishna off the second delivery, but Luvnith Sisodia steadied the ship with five boundaries en route to 22. Vishwanathan and KL Shrijith (22) did some heavy hitting thereafter, much to CM Gautam’s annoyance.

Abrar Kazi, however, scuttled Tigers’ plans, picking up two wickets - Vishwanathan and KB Pawan - in one over. Pravin Dubey (28) and Vinay Kumar (37) kept a foot in the door, but the Tuskers slammed it shut not much later with CA Karthik bagging three wickets for 19 runs. 

Meanwhile, the second women’s KPL match between Shivamogga Lions and Belagavi Panthers was called off due to heavy underfoot conditions at the Raja Rajeshwari Medical College grounds. The opening game between Panthers and Ballari Tuskers on Sunday was also called off due to poor playing conditions.

Brief scores

Ballari Tuskers 163/8 in 20 overs (Abhishek Reddy 24, Devdutt Padikkal 70, Zeeshan Ali Sayeed 25; Aditya Somanna 2/28, David Mathias 2/35, Mitrakant Yadav 2/6) beat Hubli Tigers 154/9 in 20 overs (M Vishwanathan 30, Luvnith Sisodia 22, KL Shrijith 22, Praveen Dubey 28, R Vinay Kumar 37; CA Karthik 3/19, Abrar Kazi 2/17) by 9 runs.

In the second match of the day, KV Siddharth justified Mysuru Warriors’ decision to bat first with a blistering 49 not out to guide Amit Verma and Co to 82/ 1 in 11 overs against Belagavi Panthers before rain washed away their hopes of a maiden win. The teams ended with one point each.

Mysuru, who lost to Shivamogga Lions on Sunday, had witnessed an abandoned contest against Bengaluru Blasters in their opener.

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Having broken the trend of teams opting to bowl in the second game of the day due to rain, the Warriors got off to a flyer after losing Dega Nischal early on. Zahoor Farooqui, the paceman, was the orchestrator of the first victim, but neither he nor the rest of the young bowling attack could do much against Siddharth under lights at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Monday (August 19).

Having scored 77 in his previous stint with the bat against Shivamogga Lions on Sunday, Siddharth stamped his authority with some belligerent off-side play. Amit Verma, coming in at one-down, was equally brusque in his response to Panthers’ bowlers.

The duo added 65 runs for the second-wicket with Siddharth, a first-class regular for Karnataka, adding an unbeaten 49 and Amit Verma compiled 23 not out before rain forced the umpires, at 8:22 pm, to take the players off the field.

As has been the case most evenings, rain failed to dissipate, and the match was called off at 10:27 pm.

Brief scores

Mysuru Warriors 82/1 in 11 overs (KV Siddharth 49 not out, Amit Verma 23 not out) vs Belagavi Panthers