Man of the Match: Abhishek Reddy
Bellary Tuskers aim to extend their winning streak against Bijapur Bulls!
Our Prediction is Bellary Tuskers to win!
Two-time KPL Champions Bijapur Bulls will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Bellary Tuskers in the 8th match of 2019 Karnataka Premier League at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
In their opening fixture, Bijapur Bulls were unlucky as Bengaluru Blaster managed to secure a tie via Duckworth-Lewis method. Captain Bharath Chipli will be hoping that the side can deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball in this fixture.
On the other hand, Bellary Tuskers will be looking to maintain their lead at the top of the points table. The side led by CM Gautam has managed to their first two games of the competition and will be looking to maintain their lead against Bijapur Bulls.
In their previous game, Bellary Tuskers managed to edge past Hubli Tigers, courtesy splendid performances from Devdutt Padikkal, Karthik CA and Abrar Kazi. Captain CM Gautam will be pleased with his side’s performances so far in this year’s competition.
Despite losing Karthik CA early in their innings, Devdutt Padikkal and Abhishek Reddy led the fightback for Bellary Tuskers. Devdutt Padikkal was once again the star of the show with the bat for Bellary Tuskers in the previous game. He finished the innings with a top score of 70 off 56 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. Abhishek Reddy played a supporting role to Padikkal and chipped in with 24 off 21 balls with the help of two fours and one six. Skipper CM Gautam once again failed to make an impression with the bat in this game. He will need to deliver a crucial score for the side in this game. Zeeshan Ali Sayeed produced a quick-fire cameo for Bellary Tuskers at a time when all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham and Abrar Kazi perished in quick succession. Zeeshan scored 25 off 14 balls with the help of three fours and a six. Vishnu Priyan also added vital runs for the side at the back end of the innings. He produced unbeaten 17 off 13 balls to help Bellary Tuskers post a competitive score of 163 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
In the bowling department, Prasidh Krishna bowled well and finished with figures of 1 for 29 from his four overs. Medium-pacer Karthik CA was the pick of the bowlers for Bellary Tuskers in their previous game played against Hubli Tigers. He finished with three wickets and conceded only 19 runs from his three overs. Left-arm orthodox spinner Abrar Kazi also bowled well and finished with figures of 2 for 17 in 3 overs. KP Appanna and Krishnappa Gowtham claimed one wicket each against Hubli Tigers.
Karthik CA, Abhishek Reddy, Devdutt Padikkal, CM Gautam (captain & wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Zeeshan Ali Sayeed, Abrar Kazi, Bhavesh Gulecha, Prasidh Krishna, KP Appanna, Vishnu Priyan
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Abhishek Reddy, Abrar Kazi, Zeeshan Ali Sayyed, K Gowtham, Suraj Reddy, Bhavesh Gulecha, Prasidh Krishna, Devdutt Padikal, Vishnu Priyam, CA Karthik, Muralidharen Gautam
Reigning Champions will be keen to register their first win of this year’s competition. Captain Bharath Chipli will be hoping that the side can raise their overall game with the bat and ball to overcome in-form Bellary Tuskers on Tuesday. He was the standout player for Bijapur Bulls in their opening game played against Bengaluru Blasters. He finished the innings with the top score of 39 off 25 balls with the help of six fours and a six. Chipli was well supported by Raju Bhatkal, who chipped in with 20 off 26 balls with the help of two boundaries. Swapnil Yelave and Suneel Raja added crucial runs for the side in the later stages of the innings. Swapnil played well and scored 31 off 25 balls with the help of three boundaries. He was supported by Raja, who scored 15 off 18 balls to help Bijapur Bulls post a modest 133 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Santhebennur Akshay, Prateek Jain, and KC Cariappa to make crucial breakthroughs with the new ball. Left-arm orthodox spinner Pranav Bhatia is another prominent bowling option for Bijapur Bulls for this all-important clash against Bellary Tuskers.
Bharath Chipli (captain), Swapnil Yelave, Gonnabattula Chiranjeevi (wk), Naveen MG, Pranav Bhatia, Suneel Raju, Raju Bhatkal, Bhareth NP, KC Cariappa, Prateek Jain, Santhebennur Akshay
Raju Bhatkal, Suneel Raju, KC Cariappa, GS Chiranjeevi, Swapnil Yelave, NP Bhareth, Bharat Chipli, Prateek Jain, Gneshwar Naveen, SL Akshay, Pranav Bhatia
The pitch is expected to be good for batting whereas spinners are expected some help out of this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Tuesday is expected to have thunderstorms throughout the day. M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is going to host eight game of Karnataka Premier League between Bellary Tuskers and Bijapur Bulls.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. Majority of the games in Karnataka Premier League so far has been won by sides batting first.
Based on the current form, League Leaders Bellary Tuskers will be looking to extend their lead in the competition and will be outright favorites to beat Bijapur Bulls in this contest. With the likes of Devdutt Padikkal and Abhishek Reddy showing excellent form for Tuskers at the top of the innings, it will hard to stop their momentum in this contest. On the other hand, Bijapur Bulls will need to bring their-A game to the table to upstage Bellary Tuskers in this contest.
Our winning prediction for the day is Bellary Tuskers to register a comfortable win over Bijapur Bulls!