KPL 2019: Bijapur rides on Chipli's blitz to trounce Mysuru

Bharat Chipli slammed the third-fastest fifty (20 balls) in tournament history as Bijapur made a mockery of the target of 141, winning with 5.2 overs to spare.

Bharat Chipli raises his bat after scoring a match-winning fifty.   -  SUDHAKARA JAIN

A brutal 40-ball-77 by Bharat Chipli powered Bijapur Bulls to an eight-wicket rout of Mysuru Warriors in a KPL league match on Wednesday.

Chipli slammed the third-fastest fifty (20 balls) in tournament history as Bijapur made a mockery of the target of 141, winning with 5.2 overs to spare. K.V. Siddharth's unbeaten 73 went in vain as Mysuru remained without a win in the competition.

On the eve of the KPL, Chipli had felt that he was often guilty of gifting his wicket away; he was at his best, he pointed out, when his mind was blank.

That appeared to be the case this afternoon at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium as the 36-year-old clobbered the Mysuru attack with a real fury. Vyshak Vijay Kumar was thumped over the extra-cover boundary while Amit Verma was struck for successive sixes.

The first one sailed over mid-wicket; the second crashed into the stands beyond long-on. J. Suchith switched ends only to watch his first delivery disappear into the fifth row of seats.

Bijapur raced to 77 without loss in the power-play, with M.G. Naveen proving a good foil for Chipli. The hundred arrived in the ninth over, with the opening pair eventually adding 114 off 64 deliveries. A shell-shocked Mysuru attack could only look on as Bijapur stormed to a first victory of the season.

Earlier, Mysuru was reduced to four for two after Bijapur won the toss and elected to field first. D. Nischal miscued a pull shot while captain Verma trod on his own stumps as he played off the back-foot. It was left to Siddharth to prop the innings up once again.

The right-hander has been in sparkling form this season, having made scores of 77 and 49 n.o. in his two previous innings. He looked good again, easing to a 39-ball half-century. Siddharth and Shoaib Manager added 71 runs for the fourth wicket but Mysuru never truly hit top gear.

Prateek Jain was effective at the death, finishing with two for 16 from his four overs, as Bijapur restricted Mysuru to 140.

The scores: Mysuru Warriors 140 for four in 20 overs (K.V. Siddharth 73 n.o., Shoaib Manager 28, Prateek Jain two for 16) lost to Bijapur Bulls 144 for two in 14.4 overs (Bharath Chipli 77, M.G. Naveen 45, Vyshak Vijay Kumar two for 36)