First 16 matches of KPL saw a four-time growth in viewership of the tournament.
The Panthers were excellent with both bat and bowl, with Hoover’s 52-ball 81 helping them to a comfortable six-wicket victory.
When the winning runs were scored, the whole of the Belagavi unit raced onto the field to embrace Stuart Binny (8 not out) and Kishore Kamat (5 not out).
Eventually, they got over the line at ease with Mithun hitting consecutive fours off Pradeep T.
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Hubli Tigers falter in the rain-affected chase in the first semi-final.
Belagavi will meet the winners of the second semi-final, between Namma Shivamogga and Bijapur Bulls to be played on Friday.
R Vinay Kumar’s run-aggregate in KPL read 851 at the end of this game.
Kranthi Kumar was awarded the man of the match.
Shivamogga won this game by 57 runs to provide the 15th occasion of a team winning a KPL game by 50 plus runs.