Belagavi Panthers vs Bengaluru Blasters: both the sides are in desperate need of a victory
14th match of the ongoing Karnataka premier league is all set to play between Belagavi Panthers and Bengaluru blasters at Chinnaswamy stadium Bengaluru today. With just 3 matches left in the league stages of the tournament, Belagavi blasters are yet to taste the win which is really a worrying sign. In order to keep themselves alive in the tournament, they need to win all the remaining matches. Luck was not in their favour as most of the matches in ongoing Karnataka premier league washed out due to heavy rains. For Belagavi panthers their first two matches are washed out and today they are facing against Bengaluru blasters and they need to win this match to stay alive in the contest. Belagavi Panthers are the decent side and they are led from inspirational Manish Pandey who just returned from his international success against West Indies. Apart from him, players like Negi, Shubhang Hedge, and Ravi Kumar Samarth are all capable of winning games on their own
Like panthers, Bengaluru blaster’s campaign also mirrored with rain but they are really lucky to win their last match against Bellary tuskers. With first two matches washed out due to rain and their win against Bellary tuskers made them in a good position but they have to win today’s match in order to ensure their spot in playoff rounds. With rain threads still looming and VJD method calculations will definitely come into play. So both the teams need to aware of these kinds of circumstances. Players like Sharath and Rohan Kadam are in good touch along with the bowlers Bharath Devaraj and Anand Doddamani so BB will be looking for stellar performance from these [layers which will help them to seal the victory.
Once anything can be chased in Chinnaswamy stadium and things have changed a lot these days as the pitch becomes really slow and batsmen are finding it really difficult to score runs on the board. So batting first is the right option but the Rain threats still looming and VJD method factor forces the toss winning captains to opt for following. If there is no rain interference you can witness a decent scoring encounter.
Expected playing XI:
Ravikumar Samarth, Stalin Hoover, Mir Kaunian Abbas (wk), Manish Pandey (c), D Negi, Abhinav Manohar, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Ritesh Bhatkal, Shubhang Hegde, Avinash D, Zahoor Farooqui
Sharath BR (WK), Rohan Kadam, Nikin Jose, Rongsen Jonathan (C), Naga Bharath, Manoj Bhandage, Bharath Dhuri, V Koushik, Rohan Raju, Bharath Devaraj, Anand Doddamani.
Captain Manish Pandey is in red hot form since IPL. He demonstrated his batting skills against West Indies A recently and with a 50-ball century in the last game so he is a someone who can change the fortunes on his own. With a kind of experience, he is having he will look to repeat the same performance in today’s match that will help his team to win today’s game.
Zahoor Farooqui has been the pick of the bowlers as he is the leading the wickets column with 3 wickets for them. Unfortunately, he couldn’t able to express himself due to rain intervention. He will look to play a crucial role in the bowling department that will help his team to earn their maiden victory.
Karnataka Ranji team wicket-keeper batsmen capable of scoring anchor innings still yet to fire this season of KPL. He will look to put up a strong performance and show the world what he actually he is. So you can expect a strong performance from him.
Rohan Kadam is one of the players who are showing the tremendous improvement over the years and last edition he has scored 231 runs for his team. He will be looking to repeat the same performance that will help his side to pull off a victory.
If there is no intervention of rain definitely Belagavi panthers can become a better team. So it is all about rain. So playing smartly and adjust according to situations will be the key for both the teams.