Man of the Match: Muralidharen Gautam
The first ticket to the finals!
Our prediction is Bellary Tuskers will win the match!
KPL2019 has adopted the playoffs method for the first time this year and this gives the top two placed teams’ an additional chance to qualify for the finals.
Bellary Tuskers topped the points table in the league phase and will look to qualify for the finals in this match. They suffered a shock defeat against Mysuru Warriors failing to defend a massive score of 240 runs. They should take this loss as a reality check and improve their weak zones to put a good show in the playoffs.
Belagavi Panthers won their last three matches in a row to finish second in points after going winless in their first three matches. Manish Pandey inspired Belagavi Panthers team with his performances and their team will look to continue their good form despite his absence.
Bellary Tuskers have suffered two losses in the last three games and are looking a bit scratchy at the moment. Their batting unit has posted scores in excess of 200 in back-to-back games. Skipper CM Gautam returned to form in grand fashion scoring 92 runs off just 50 balls in the last match. Devdutt Padikal scored a brilliant fifty to finish the innings with a bang in the final overs. Abhishek Reddy and Krishnappa Gowtham too came up with impressive batting in the last game with quick-fire cameos. Prasidh Krishna has missed in their bowling line-up the last match as he was rested and he will be back into the playing XI now.
Krishnappa Gowtham was the only bowler who had good match figures of 4-0-28-4 in the last match. All the other bowlers were taken for runs at an economy rate of 10 RPO. Devdutt Padikal had a horror night with the ball giving 20 runs off the last over and a six off the final ball to end up on the losing side. Bellary Tuskers will brush off their defeat in the dead rubber and look to play to their potential in this important game.
K Gowtham – Gowtham is leading the bowling charts with 20 wickets and his nearest competitor is 12 wickets behind him. He has scores of 134 & 48 in the last two innings with the bat. He is the most valuable player for their team this team and is in sublime form with both bat and ball.
CM Gautam – Skipper CM Gautam returned to form at a crucial juncture before the playoffs. He scored just 49 runs in the 5 innings he batted before the last match. He came up with a superb 92 off 50 balls smashing 6 fours and 5 sixes.
KP Appanna, CM Gautam (C & wk), Abrar Kazi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Abhishek Reddy, Zeeshan Ali Sayeed, Bhavesh Gulecha, Srinivas Sharath, Karthik CA, Prasidh Krishna, Devdutt Padikkal
Muralidharen Gautam, Abhishek Reddy, Abrar Kazi, Devdutt Padikal, K Gowtham, Zeeshan Ali Sayyed, Bhavesh Gulecha, Srinivas Sharath, Prasidh Krishna, CA Karthik, KP Appanna
Belagavi Panthers had just one point from their first three matches with two losses and a No-result match. They came back strongly winning a hat-trick of matches to finish on the second spot on the points table. Ravinath Samarth, D Negi, and A Manohar came up with good performance with the bat in their match against Bijapur bulls after their openers were dismissed very early.
Stallin Hoover scored an unbeaten century to chase down 180 runs inside 15 overs against Shivamogga Lions. Avinash D and Darshan MB are amongst the leading wicket-takers for their team and are very consistent with the ball. Zahoor Farooqui lost his good touch in the last two matches going for a lot of runs after a good start to the tournament. Belagavi Panthers will look to extend their winning streak and enter the finals in this match itself.
Stallin Hoover – Stallion Hoover is one of the centurions this season and his century came in a chase of 180 runs. He will take confidence from this knock and continue his good form in the playoff matches too.
Avinash D – Avinash has taken 7 wickets so far this season and he has match hauls of 2/25 & 3/32 in the last two matches respectively. He also has a good economy rate of just 7 RPO and he will look to pressurize the batsmen with his accurate line and lengths.
Ravikumar Samarth, Stallin Hoover, Abhinav Manohar, Mir Kaunain Abbas (c & wk), Ritesh Bhatkal, Dikshanshu Negi, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Darshan MB, Zahoor Farooqui, Shubang Hegde, Avinash D
Ravikumar Samarth, Abhinav Manohar, Ritesh Bhatkal, Kaunain Abbas, Sharan Gowda, Stallin Hoover, Shubang Hegde, S Rakshith, MB Darshan, D Avinash, Zahoor Farooqui
Mysuru pitch is a good batting pitch and teams are scoring runs with ease. Scores in excess of 180 runs were chased in the last two days. We can expect an average score in the ranges of 170-190 runs in this pitch easily. The weather gods have sparred the matches at Mysuru and we can expect clear skies in this match too.
Teams have chased down huge targets in the last few matches played here and the dew factor may further help the chasing team in the night matches.
Bellary Tuskers have batting line-up in good form with top 4 batsmen scoring runs in the last match. K Gowtham and P Krishna `s presence adds great depth to their bowling unit and strengthens them. Belagavi panthers too have a good all-round team but will duly miss the services of their full-time skipper Manish Pandey in a crucial encounter. Bellary Tuskers defeated Belagavi Panthers by 5 runs in their league encounter this season. We expect Bellary Tuskers to win this match.