About the Match
Bengaluru Masters once again suffered defeat, this time against Hubli Tigers by 2 wickets; they will go up against Belagavi Panthers, who also lost their opening match against Hubli Tigers by 6 wickets, in the 7th match if the league at Mysore on 8th September. Both teams are at the bottom of the table with zero points in their kitty and will like to start climbing up the ladder with a win here. It needs to be seen which side can cleverly use its resources to outwit the opponent and emerge victorious on Friday.
Batting first against Tigers in the opening match of the tournament, the Panthers top-order batsmen failed to impress much; KN Bharath scored run-a-ball 20 before getting run-out while Sunil Kumar Jain and Stuart Binny tried to revive the inning by scoring 39 and 17 runs respectively.
However, with only 127 runs on board, the bowlers couldn’t defend the total despite a good show by medium-pacer Stuart Binny, who took 2-25 and left-arm pacer Sreenath Aravind giving them one breakthrough. Spinner Krishnappa Gowtham also claimed one wicket but it wasn’t enough to stop the Tigers from hitting the winning runs.
They have other speedsters like Anand Doddamani and Stalin Hoover, and spinners like Shubang Hegde, who bring variety to the attack. Aravind can lead the team from the front with his clever strategy and disciplined bowling attack; however, the batting line-up needs to come out all guns blazing here whether setting a target or chasing one. Batsmen like Sharath BR, Mir Abbas, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham and Sunil Kumar Jain will try to build a good foundation here.
It was a batting collapse on part of the Bengaluru Masters against Hubli Tigers recently that led to their loss; the top-order was wiped out before the 9th over finished, and it was left to Pavan Deshpande and Manjesh Reddy to get the scoreboard ticking. While Deshpande scored 28 off 25, Reddy posted 30 runs; but they could muster only 102 runs in the end, which was difficult for the bowlers to defend.
Bowling all-rounder Abhishek Bhat showcased his talent as he took 5 wickets at an economy of just 5 runs per over; his stupendous effort slowed down the opposition’s chase while others like V Koushik and Prasidh Krishna, who took 3 wickets between them, supported Bhat well. However, their good efforts went in vain as the Tigers romped off to 103 runs with 5 balls to spare.
Against Mysuru Warriors, they had a reduced target of 85 runs from 8 overs but they fell short of the target by 38 runs owing to a total collapse of the top-order consisting of players like Ravikumar Samarth, Raajoo Bhatkal, Shishir Bhavane and wicket-keeper batsman M Vishwanathan. They have an in-form bowling squad but the batting line-up must pull up its socks if they want to change their fortunes.
Both teams come here at the back of losses but it’s still early stage of the series and they can try to make amends with a better show on Friday; while Masters have bowlers in terrific form, we feel that Belgavi Panthers with their all-round skills are better placed to win.