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The Warriors played their 3rd game of the 2018 edition of the Karbonn KPL on Tuesday against the Shivamogga Lions. They came out with a superb win, ending the game with 6 wickets and 2.4 overs to spare. Both teams headed into the game knowing that 2 points were crucial. Following their loss against the Hubli Tigers last time around, the Warriors came roaring back into this game, making sure they made amends for their previous performance.

Openers Sharath BR and Nihal Ullal came out for the Lions looking to get their team off to a strong start that could be used as a platform to reach a commanding first innings total. Sharath played a composed yet fiery knock of 46 off just 33 balls. Apart from him, the Lions’ first 4 batsmen failed to make much of an impact on the game.

Vyshak Vijaykumar was involved in two out of the first 4 wickets to fall, getting the wicket of Nihal Ullal, followed by a good catch to dismiss Nishant Shekhawat. Sharath BR was soon run out, short of his ground following some good fielding and quick thinking from NP Bhareth and captain J Suchith. Amit Verma’s spell was excellent. He picked up a wicket while giving away only 20 runs in his economical 4 overs.

Kushaal Wadhwani was superb on the day, picking up 2 wickets and giving away only 15 runs in the process. He picked Prithvi Shekhawat and Abhimanyu Mithun in the crucial 19th over, making sure that they didn’t build a strong total with the lower order.

Kishore Kamat and K Hoysala were also dismissed in the last over, meaning that Aditya Somanna was left stranded on a well made 39 off just 20 balls, which contained 4 boundaries and 2 sixes. His innings helped the lions get to a total of 146 in their 20 overs.

Namma Warriors’ openers Arjun Hoysala and Raajoo Bhatkal were absolutely wonderful, putting on a 99-run partnership (which is the highest in the KPL this season), before Arjun Hoysala fell, falling just 10 runs short of what would have been a superb half century. Raajoo Bhatkal was next to fall, after a very well made 59 off just 45 balls. He displayed a mixture of power and deft touches, ensuring that by the time his wicket fell, the Warriors were well on their way to a second victory this year.

Amit Verma, who became the first player to reach 50 KPL appearances was caught LBW by Prithvi Shekhawat for 13, but not before a boundary and a big six. NP Bhareth was also run out in the 17th over, following some quick fielding from Sharath BR.

Shoaib Manager picked up where he left off in the last game and took the team home. Following his excellent half century in the last game, he continued that form and made sure that his innings of 25 off 18 balls was enough to guide the team home with around 2 overs to spare.

Captain J Suchith was all smiles after the game, but also kept in mind the schedule, which sees matches coming thick and fast for the Warriors. “We had a good match with the ball and with the bat. We are playing three back to back matches on 31st, 1st and 2nd. This win was very crucial for us.”

The next game will be against the Belagavi Panthers on the 31st of August.

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