The Final of the Karnataka Premier League 2019 will be played between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground in Mysore.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Star Sports and live streaming is available on Hotstar.
The final between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers is set to be a recap of the 2016 edition as the two teams clashed off during the final back then. The Bellary team claimed their maiden title with a comfortable victory. The same could be replicated on Saturday as the Tuskers are the strongest side in the tournament. They finished league stage as the table-toppers having won four of the six matches.
Even the two defeats they suffered this year were by small margins. Hubli Tigers, on the other hand, got to the final with easy victories in the Eliminator and the 2nd Qualifier. They stood as the runners-up of the 2015 and 2016 editions and would be hoping to change it this time around. These two sides faced off in the league phase match at the start of the tournament which was won by Bellary only.
The rain gods have been kind in not affecting the games in Mysore when compared to Bangalore. Not even one over has been reduced in the matches hosted by Mysore thus far and the trend is expected to continue during the final. The venue could see a bit of rain but only during the afternoon but is expected to be cleared by the scheduled start.
The first sign of a tired pitch was seen in Mysore this season as the 2nd qualifier witnessed slightly low-scores. After four consecutive days of 180+ scores came as a welcome change. However, the ground staff would have surely kept a better pitch for the final.
Average first innings score: 189 (KPL matches in 2019 played in the night)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Abhishek Reddy, CM Gautam (C), Krishnappa Gowtham, Devdutt Padikkal, CA Karthik, Zeeshan A Sayyad, Abrar Kazi, Sharath Srinivas, Bhavesh Gulecha, KP Appanna, Prasidh Krishna.
Bench: Mohammad N Nizar, Suraj Reddy, Ruchir Joshi, Santok Singh, Vishnu Priyan, Gaurav Dhiman, Sharana Basawa
Mohammed Taha, Luvnith Sisodia (WK), R Vinay Kumar (C), Praveen Dubey, Pawan KB, KL Srijith, David Mathias, Shreyas Gopal, Aditya Somanna, Abhilash Shetty, Mithrakanth Yadav.
Bench: Shishir Bhavane, Vishwanath M, Suraj Seshadri, Parikshith Shetty, Dheeraj Shashidhar, Vidyadhar Patil, Mahesh Patel, Shivil Kaushik.
A fantasy team for this game can’t be made without Krishnappa Gowtham. He might cost 11 credits but could earn you 25+ points in every game as he bowls 4 overs and bats at No.3 position. Praveen Dube might not be batting as high as Gowtham but is good enough to replicate similar consistency.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Krishnappa Gowtham, CM Gautam, Praveen Dube, Mohammed Taha
Vice-captain – Devdutt Padikkal, Abhishek Reddy, R Vinay Kumar, Pawan KB
CM Gautam scored two 90s in his previous two matches. He would come out with an extra responsibility of leading the team and is expected to lite up the final.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – CM Gautam (C), Pawan KB
Batsmen – Mohammed Taha (VC), Abhishek Reddy, KL Srijith
All-Rounders – Krishnappa Gowtham, Praveen Dubey, CA Karthik
Bowlers – Shreyas Gopal, KP Appanna, Abhilash Shetty
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – CM Gautam
Batsmen – Mohammed Taha, KL Srijith, Devdutt Padikkal (VC), Zeeshan A Sayyad
All-Rounders – Krishnappa Gowtham (C), Praveen Dubey, Aditya Somanna
Bowlers – Abhilash Shetty, Bhavesh Gulecha, Prasidh Krishna
Vinay Kumar is fit enough to roll his arms. This meant his fantasy potential is restricted to batting which is his secondary role. He costs 10 credits and picking him will become a risky move unless he produces a special with the bat.
Bellary Tuskers are expected to win the title with a convincing win over the Hubli Tigers in the final.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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