Naidu spurs Provident to easy victory


Naidu (63, 54b, 7x4, 1x6) blended aggression and pragmatism nicely as Provident went past the Bulls’ total of 164 after some late hiccups. Provident reached 166 for four with four deliveries to spare.

After the first-ball dismissal of MK Manjunath, Naidu and Amit Verma added 118 for the second wicket from just 15.2 overs, laying the foundation for a win that was sealed by Sunil Kumar Jain’s six off Daniel Liao.

Earlier, the Bulls innings prospered through contrasting half-centuries from Gaurav Dhiman (57, 35b, 7x4, 3x6) and Sudhindra Shinde (61, 42b, 5x4, 1x6). Dhiman was in top gear from the outset, whacking the ball merrily around the park.

SCORE BOARD

Bijapur Bulls: Gaurav Dhiman c Naidu b Ashraf 57, Mithun Beerala lbw Akhil 11, Devraj Patil c Naidu b Katti 1, Sudhindra Shinde c Katti b Aiyappa 61, Surendra Prasad lbw Sunil 13, Stuart Binny c Joshi b Akhil 5, Jaya Prakash Shetty (not out) 4, Praveen Kumar (not out) 6. Extras (B-2, LB-1, W-3) 6. Total (for 6 wkts, 20 overs) 164.

Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-48, 3-80, 4-119, 5-148, 6-157.

Bowling: NC Aiyappa 4-0-40-1, Sunil Kumar 4-0-29-1, B Akhil 4-0-36-2, Anand Katti 4-0-31-2, Sarfraz Ashraf 3-0-19-1, L Jagadeesh 1-0-6-0.

Provident Bangalore: MK Manjunath c Prasad b Shetty 0, VS Thilak Naidu (run out) 63, Amit Verma b Shetty 49, B Akhil lbw Shetty 19, Aniruddha Joshi (not out) 12, Sunil Kumar Jain (not out) 14. Extras (LB-1, W-8) 9. Total (for 4 wkts, 19.2 overs) 166.

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-118, 3-128, 4-141.

Bowling: Jaya Prakash Shetty 3-0-25-3, Stuart Binny 4-0-31-0, Praveen Kumar 3-0-24-0, Daniel Liao 3.2-0-30-0, DV Anish 4-0-31-0, CK Akshay 2-0-24-0.

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