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The Show must go on. - 12/09/2017

Nitanti Alur

The Warriors walked into the SDNR stadium in Mysuru on Saturday all set to take on the Belagavi Panthers with a new captain, Suneel Raju, and Vice-Captain SuchithJagadesha. The Saturday evening stadium was full of yellow with the fans coming out in numbers to support the home team.

Suneel flipped the coin and soon enough the decision was in his hands, choosing to field, the Men in Yellow all took their positions and were ready to go. SL Akshay opened the bowling for the Warriors, and the Panthers were off to a decent start getting 5 runs off the first over.

Belgavi rode on regular partnerships despite the early loss of Stalin Hoover on 2. Shashindra and BR Sharath then got together to added a quick 39. The stand was broken when J Suchith deceived Sharath, the batsman attempting a slog-sweep only to miss the ball completely and be trapped in front and had to depart for 14.

Manish Pandey, the former Warrior skipper came into the middle, having recently scored a half century for India in the T-20 tournament against Sri Lanka. He took no time to start off strong and pushed shots in all angles, and picked up numerous boundaries off the unpredictable Shivil Kaushik. The Warriors tried different techniques to get a much-needed break and found themselves back into the game.

The Warriors ultimately got an unexpected lifeline in Shashindra who was forced to retire hurt on 23. In walked Binny and continued from where he left off against Bengaluru sending the Warriors chasing after him. The Warriors tried all sorts of variations until Shivil Kaushik picked up Manish Pandey’s wicket; the Warriors had a momentary break.

The Panthers came and went but Binny was at the center, playing his game, his own way and he brought up his half-century off just 27 balls. Together they managed to get the Panthers to a massive total of 180. The Warriors had a long way ahead of them; and they were determined to fight hard for it.

The Warrior walked out onto the field confidently and their chase got off the mark; with a high total of 181, the Warriors could not afford to waste too many deliveries. Binny sent Arjun Hoysala back early on. Hoysala had helped the side get off to quick starts previously in the tournament, but Mysuru were unfazed by his loss. Instead, it was Shreyas Gopal and Avinash KC who came in and managed to pick up the pace for the Warriors.

Avinash ensured there was a boundary almost every over, but it was in the tenth over that he really turned it on with four consecutive boundaries off Stalin Hoover, the first of which was a tonk for six over mid-wicket. The over yielded 20 runs.

Avinash grew more aggressive and in his attempts to accelerate, Avinash was dismissed in the next over by Hegde, three runs short of a half-century. The Warriors started to lose hope and Avinash’s dismissal prompted a slide that eventually cost Mysuru dearly. Gopal was dismissed in Hegde’s next over for 25, before Binny returned to scalp the skipper Suneel Raju for 15. SP Manjunath attempted to free his arms and revive the innings, but wickets fell all around him.

At the end of the day; you win some and you lose some. The Warrior fell at the hands of the panthers; and were 30 runs short. Every loss is hard but one learns a lot from it. The Warriors look to come back stronger and fight harder during their Karnataka Premier League journey.

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