Bellary Tuskers suffered their third consecutive loss as Mysore Warriors beat them by nine runs in a rain affected fifth edition Karbonn KPL powered by Cycle Pure Agarbathies encounter at the KSCA Stadium in Rajnagar on Wednesday.
The win was Mysore’s third win in as many matches, thanks to some superb batting by opener Arjun Hoysala and their skipper Manish Pandey, who was declared man of the match.
Bellary Tuskers, chasing 158 in 17 overs for a possible win were on track almost right through their reply.But the constant loss of wickets at crucial moments cost them the match. Opener Rohan Kadam was in good form and made a punishing 61 (40b, 1×6, 9×4). He and KB Pawan (14) got the team off to a good start by adding 41 runs in 4.4 overs before the in-form Pawan fell. CA Karthik (30; 17b, 3×6) too used the long handle to good effect but it was not sufficient to see the team across the line.
Pandey, fresh from leading India A on their tour of Australia got stuck into the Bellary Tuskers bowling quite early in his innings. He was let off by Rohan Kadam but did not allow that to slow him down.
In the company of R Jonathan (30; 14b, 3×6), Pandey (52; 36b, 2×6, 2×4) added 54 runs in 31 balls to keep the pressure on the rivals who had opted to bowl first.
Tuskers had lost both their opening matches and thus this third game was vital for their confidence. But the Mysore Warriors opening batsmen Arjun Hoysala (46; 35b, 7×4) and Rajoo Bhatkal (16; 11b) got off to a cracking start before Bhatkal ran himself out.
Pandey and Jonathan then stepped on the gas on a pitch where the ball was coming on to the bat and set too stiff a target for the Tuskers.
Brief scores: Mysore Warriors: 157/5 in 17 overs (Manish Pandey 52, Arjun Hoysala 46, R Jonathan 30, Prateek Jain 2/33) beat Bellary Tuskers: 148/6 in 17 overs (Rohan Kadam 61, CA Karthik 30, Gowtham K 2/26, Koushik V 2/26) by 9 runs.