Bellary Tuskers vs Bengaluru Blasters: BB will be looking to earn their first win today
Today’s match will mark the 12th encounter in the ongoing Karnataka premier league which will be played between Bellary tuskers and Bengaluru blasters at Chinnaswamy stadium today. Bellary tuskers are still unbeaten in the tournament as they have tasted success in all the encounters they have played so far. One of the major reason for this overwhelming success ratio is they are not being the victim for rain. They have also comfortably chase down 150+ scores in the tournament so far which marks their batting depth. Players like Prasidh Krishna and Krishnappa Gowtham are doing remarkably well in the tournament so far and they will look to continue the same momentum in today’s match also. With semi-final spot is in picture Bellary tuskers will be looking to pull off a victory that will help them to stay ahead of the other teams.
So tuskers will be definitely up against blasters today who is yet to taste success. They have been the victim for poor weather and rain so far in the tournament as their first match against Mysuru warriors was washed without being bowled a single ball and their next match also got tied through VJD method against Bijapur bulls. Again they have suffered a seven-wicket loss against lions which is also a rain-affected fixture. But Bengaluru blasters are not the bad side as their batting remains untested so far in the tournament. If today’s match will happen without any rain interruption then it will be the right chance for them to open their winning account against in-form Bellary Tuskers.
Once you can chase anything in Bengaluru pitch but now the pitch has slowed down a bit and offers lots of assistance for spinners especially in the second innings. So batting first and putting a competitive total on board will be the right choice. So toss is equally playing a role here. But with rain thread still looming chasing is also a wiser option if play interrupted due to rain.
Expected playing XI:
CM Gautam (C), Devdutt Padikkal, CA Karthik, Abhishek Reddy, Krishnappa Gowtham, Prasidh Krishna, Abrar Kazi, KP Appanna, Bhavesh Gulecha, Vishnu Priyan, Zeeshan A Sayyad.
Rongsen Jonathan (C), Sharath BR (WK), Rohan Kadam, Nikin Jose, Naga Bharath, Manoj Bhandage, Bharath Dhuri, V Koushik, Rohan Raju, Bharath Devaraj, Anand Doddamani.
Players to watch out for:
Prasidh Krishna’s elevation as the front line bowler is one the success stories of Karnataka premier league. His IPL exploits and his success in list A career is clear evidence for this. He has come a long way since his debut and he will look to continue the rich vein of form that will help him to move forward in his cricketing career.
After tasting success with his recent tour of West Indies as India A player, Gowtham has back to business with his strong performance both with bat and ball. So far he has bagged 6 wickets for his team and also scored few runs with the bat. So he will look to continue the same momentum that will help his team to pull off a victory in today’s match.
Ace Karnataka wicket-keeper batsmen were in red-hot form last year and he will look to continue the same performance which will help him to earn a spot in Karnataka domestic team. BB is also looking for a bright start from him which will help them to put a competitive total on board when batting first.
One of the gifted left-handers Rohan Kadam has got all the ability to play anchor innings. He can play a wide range of shorts and can able to switch gears when needed. Last year he has scored 243 runs so BB is expecting him to come good which will help them to turn their fortunes.
Considering the current form Bellary tuskers can easily manage to pull off a victory but they have to work hard because BB is one of the top teams in last few editions and they will be playing for their maiden victory in the tournament.