Saturday, September 23, will be a happy day for cricket fans in Hubballi. For the KSCA has announced that the Karbonn Karnataka Premier League (KPL) finals to be held in the city will be a free for all to watch at the Rajnagar Stadium.
The finals will be played between Belagavi Panthers and Bijapur Bulls.
A stunning late assault from Abhimanyu Mithun propelled Bijapur Bulls to a four-wicket victory over Namma Shivamogga and into the final of the Karnataka Premier League on Friday, September 22.
The match was played in the same stadium where Bijapur Bulls were chasing a target of 158 in the second semifinal. They were down to 108 for five, needing 50 runs out of the last four overs. Mithun saw his team through by smashing a 12-ball 32.
KPL 2017 has been roaring hit, with just the first eight matches (including a complete washout – Match 4) watched by 22.6 million viewers. In Karnataka alone, the reach of the KPL broadcast grew by three times to 3.7 million in 2017, reported Cricktracker.
The final match will start at 7 pm. The entry will also be free for the first-ever women’s KPL exhibition T20, which will precede the final and begin at 3pm. he clash between KSCA President’s XI and KSCA Secretary’s XI will feature India internationals like Veda Krishnamurthy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Karuna Jain and Vanitha VR.
The tournament is being played in the memory of S.D.N.R Wadiyar, the former president of the KSCA and the scion of the Mysore royal family.