The 12th match of the Karnataka Premier League 2019 will be played between Bellary Tuskers and Bengaluru Blasters at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
The match starts at 3:00 PM local time (IST) (9:30 AM GMT).
This game will be live on Star Sports and live streaming is available on Hotstar.
Bellary Tuskers are one of the two sides to be unbeaten in this edition of Karnataka Premier League (KPL). They have won all the three matches they played just like Shivamogga Lions. The more impressive fact of Tuskers in this tournament is not being on the receiving end of the rain. Their campaign began with a close 5-run win against Belagavi Panthers, the only night match that didn’t had rain interruption thus far.
They comfortably chased down the targets of 150+ against Hubli Tigers and Bijapur Bulls in the following games. The Tuskers will be up against Bengaluru Blasters who await their first win of the tournament. The tournament opener against Mysuru Warriors ended without a result while the game against Bijapur Bulls ended in a Tie via VJD method. Blasters suffered a 7-wicket loss against Lions on Tuesday in a rain-affected fixture.
The afternoon matches this season haven’t faced a threat from the rain. All the five matches were completed without any rain interruptions. The forecast for Thursday is the same as on the previous days, expecting it to rain from the afternoon.
Totals of 170 can be defendable during the afternoon matches going by the trend of the tournament. Chasing side lost by a narrow margin in two matches chasing 163 and 166 respectively. Scores of 162, 154 and 142 have been chased down comfortably.
Average first innings score: 157 (Afternoon matches in the KPL 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
CM Gautam (C), Devdutt Padikkal, CA Karthik, Abhishek Reddy, Krishnappa Gowtham, Prasidh Krishna, Abrar Kazi, KP Appanna, Bhavesh Gulecha, Vishnu Priyan, Zeeshan A Sayyad.
Bench: Mohammad N Nizar, Suraj Reddy, Ruchir Joshi, Sharath Srinivas, Santok Singh, Gaurav Dhiman, Sharana Basawa
Sharath BR (WK), Rohan Kadam, Nikin Jose, Rongsen Jonathan (C), Naga Bharath, Manoj Bhandage, Bharath Dhuri, V Koushik, Rohan Raju, Bharath Devaraj, Anand Doddamani.
Bench: Kishore Kamath, Anil IG, Nishant S Shekhawat, Aditya Goyal, Anuraj Bajpai, Muthanna Chandrasekhar, Kuldeep Kumar, Rishi Bopanna.
Prasidh Krishnarishnarishna is enjoying rich success in the KPL 2019 having picked up five wickets from three games at an average of 14.4. His teammate Krishnappa Gowthamowtham has bagged six wickets and also scored few runs with the bat. Nikin Jose has good numbers with the bat in his KPL career as he scored 243 runs from 11 innings at an average of 30.37.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Krishnappa Gowtham, Devdutt Padikkal, Rohan Kadam, CA Karthik
Vice-captain – Sharath BR, Nikin Jose, Abhishek Reddy, Bharath Dhuri
If anyone wants to make captain who could earn a huge number of points at one go, it will be CA Karthikarthik. He has five wickets to his name in three games. Karthik also aggregated 73 runs including a 57 in the previous match as an opener.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Sharath BR
Batsmen – Rohan Kadam, Nikin Jose, Abhishek Reddy, Devdutt Padikkal (VC)
All-Rounders – Krishnappa Gowtham, Bharath Devaraj, CA Karthik (C)
Bowlers – Prasidh Krishna, Abrar Kazi, Anand Doddamani
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Sharath BR (VC)
Batsmen – Rohan Kadam, Rongsen Jonathan, Abhishek Reddy, Devdutt Padikkal
All-Rounders – Krishnappa Gowtham (C), Bharath Devaraj, CA Karthik
Bowlers – Prasidh Krishna, Rohan Raju, Anand Doddamani
The Bellary Tuskers players Abhishek Reddy and Devdutt Padikkal adikkal in the batsmen category and also Krishnappa Gowtham and CA Karthikarthik among the all-rounders are a must in the fantasy team. The two batters have been consistent with the bat while Gowtham and Karthik have done justice to their tag of all-rounders.
Bengaluru Blasters might face a tough task against the unbeaten Bellary Tuskers.
*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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