The 9th match of the Karnataka Premier League 2019 will be played between Bengaluru Blasters and Shivamogga Lions at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
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 runners up last season, Bengaluru Blasters, haven’t had a great start to the tournament this year. Both the games they played this were affected by rain. While one yielded no result, the other finished in a tie. Thus, they will be quite hungry for a victory and will want to open their account as soon as possible. In their next assignment, they’ll be up against the Shivamogga Lions.
The Lions are currently the table-toppers having won both the encounters that they’ve played. They’ve also won these games quite convincingly and thus their NRR is high. The bowling performance so far from this team has been exceptional. They’ll hope that their bowlers, as well as the batsmen, deliver once again as they look to make it three wins in a row.
It could be a delayed start for this game as there is heavy rain predicted at around 7 PM. However, with the drainage system that is available at the Chinnaswamy, we shouldn’t lose out on many overs and it’d be an exciting contest.
At one point in time, no score was really defendable at Bengaluru. However, in the last two years, things have changed. There haven’t been many high-scores this season. If the team batting first can get to a respectable total, they’ve got a good chance of winning it.
Average first innings score: 151.8 (Last five completed KSL 2019 matches – Till Match 6)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 3, Tied – 1
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
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.
Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal, Akshay Ballal, Pavan Deshpande, HS Sharath, Prithviraj Shekhawat, Abhimanyu Mithun (C), Nidhish M, Rishabh Singh, Manjunath SP, T Pradeep.
Bench: Sujith N Gowda, Prashanth S, Rohit K, Hoysala K, Rohit Gowda, Pradeep Gangadhar, Shivaraj S.
In the two games that he has played, Nihal Ullal scored 116 runs at an average of 116. Thus, you must have him in your Dream11 Fantasy team. Pavan Deshpande and HS Sharath are two other top picks you can opt for.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – N Ullal, H Sharath, A Hoysala
Vice-Captain Options – R Kadam, P Deshpande, S P Manjunath
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – N Ullal (c)
Batters – R Kadam (vc), N Jose, A Hoysala
All-Rounders – M Bhandage, H Sharath, P Deshpande, S P Manjunath
Bowlers – A Doddamani, R Raju, T Pradeep
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – N Ullal
Batters – R Kadam, R Jonathan, N Jose, A Hoysala
All-Rounders – H Sharath (c), P Deshpande (vc), S P Manjunath
Bowlers – V Koushik, A Mithun, R Singh
Some of the batsmen from the Bengaluru Blasters are yet to get going. However, you’ve got to keep in mind that they haven’t really got much of an opportunity to spend enough time in the middle. Thus, it is important for you to back these players and even have them as the multipliers in your team.
Bengaluru Blasters are expected to win this match.
*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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