Bellary Tuskers aim to continue their winning streak against Bengaluru Blasters!
Our Prediction is Bellary Tuskers to win!
Bellary Tuskers will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they take on Bengaluru Blasters in the 12th match of 2019 Karnataka Premier League at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday. In their previous game, Bellary Tuskers produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Bijapur Bulls and maintain their unbeaten streak in the competition. Captain CM Gautam will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards with bat and ball in the next set of the games. On the other hand, Bengaluru Blasters will need to win this game at all costs in order to remain relevant in the competition. The side has secured only one point from 3 matches played so far in the tournament. Captain Rongsen Jonathan will be hoping that the side can register their first win of the competition against in-form Bellary Tuskers.
Bellary Tuskers have played excellent cricket so far in this year’s competition. CM Gautam-led unit has managed to win three games in a row and will be keen to extend their lead at the top of the league table.
In the previous game, batting department stood tall for Bellary Tuskers and helped them secure a comfortable win over reigning champions Bijapur Bulls. Opening batsman Abhishek Reddy was the star performer with the bat. He put on a 100-run partnership with Karthik CA to help Bellary Tuskers get off to a flying start in the chase. Reddy was well supported by Karthik CA, who chipped in with 57 off 36 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes. Abhishek Reddy finished the innings with the top-score of 62 not out off 54 balls with the help of six fours and a six. The team management will be hoping that the opening pair of Abhishek Reddy and Karthik CA can continue their good form in the next couple of matches to be played in the competition. Devdutt Padikkal continued his excellent form with the bat and scored 29 off 20 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. Skipper CM Gautam, Krishnappa Gowtham and Abrar Kazi will need to contribute to the team’s cause in this game.
In the bowling department, Prasidh Krishna once again delivered an excellent performance with the new-ball and finished with figures of 2 for 17 in his four overs. Krishnappa Gowtham also picked up crucial wickets for the side in the previous game. Karthik CA was expensive with the ball in the previous game and finished with figures of 1 for 38 from his three overs.
Karthik CA, Abhishek Reddy, Devdutt Padikkal, CM Gautam (c & wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Abrar Kazi, Zeeshan Ali Sayeed, Bhavesh Gulecha, Suraj Reddy, Prasidh Krishna, Vishnu Priyan
The side is currently lying in the bottom half of the league table and will be desperate to break their winless streak in the competition against Bellary Tuskers.
In the previous game, wicket-keeper Sharath BR and Rohan Kadam got the side off to a good start. The opening pair added 63 runs to lay down a platform for the likes of Rongsen Jonathan, Nikin Jose and KN Bharath to play their natural game.
Sharath BR finished the innings with the top-score of 42 off 23 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. He is currently the leading run-scorer for Blasters in the competition. He was well supported by Rohan Kadam, who chipped in with 25 off 31 balls with the help of two boundaries. Nikin Jose and KN Bharath scored crucial runs for the side before rain interruption saw Bengaluru Blasters end their innings at 114 for 3 after 16 overs. Due to wet conditions, the bowlers did not find any sort of help from the surface and failed to create on the opposition batsmen.
In the bowling department, Anand Doddamani was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets to his name. V Koushik and Rohan Raju were on the expensive side in the rain-affected game played against Shivamogga Lions.
Sharath BR (wk), Rohan Kadam, Nikin Jose, Rongsen Jonathan (c), Rohan Raju, KN Bharath, Manoj S Bhandage, Bharath Dhuri, V Koushik, Anand Doddamani, Bharath Devaraj
The pitch prepared for the game will be excellent for batting. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Thursday is expected to have thunderstorms throughout the day. The last two games have been won by sides batting second.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. Due to rain predicted for the game, batting second will be preferred option for both teams in this contest.
Based on current form, League Leaders Bellary Tuskers will be favorites to win their game against Bengaluru Blasters. With the top order firing on all cylinders and bowlers bowling well in the first three games, there is no doubt that Tuskers will be hard to beat in this contest.
Our winning prediction for the day is Bellary Tuskers to beat Bengaluru Blasters!