About the Match
Bengaluru Blasters are at the bottom of the table and continue to be winless; they will face Bellary Tuskers at Hubli on 16th September for the 18th match of the series. The Tuskers are in the 6th position with 3 points and they recently lost the match against Belagavi Panthers by 25 runs; previously they defeated Mysuru Warriors by 5 wickets and will try to go back to their winning ways with a victory here. Bengaluru Blasters are desperate for a win to change their fortunes and they could put up a better show on Saturday.
Manjesh Reddy and Pavan Deshpande did well to score 37 and 47 runs respectively against Namma Shivamogga while Rajoo Bhatkal contributed with 28 runs. However, they could muster only 142 runs in the end, which proved to be difficult to defend by the bowlers despite Abhishek Bhat, Prasidh Krishna and Mitrakanth Yadav taking a wicket each. Abdul Khader also dismissed one opponent but gave away too many runs; they lost the match by 4 wickets.
They had an uphill task to chase down 193 runs against Belagavi Panthers previously and could come up with only 169 in reply. Wicket-keeper batsman Vishwanathan scored 65 off 35 before getting run-out while captain Shishir Bhavane pitched in with 34. All-rounder bowler Abhishek Bhat tried to revive the innings after quick dismissals in the middle with a well-made 24 off 15 but it wasn’t enough to win the contest. Earlier, despite Bhat’s superb 2-22 and Prasidh Krishna also dismissing two opponents, they couldn’t stop the Panthers from setting up a humungous total.
Bengaluru Blasters have a stiff challenge coming their way when they take on Tuskers but if they can use their resources cleverly, they can try to cause an upset here on Saturday.
Chasing 155 against Belagavi Panthers, the Tuskers lost the plot after a solid opening by KB Pawan, who posted an unbeaten 64. Abhinav Manohar down at No. 6 tried to revive the chase with a quick fire 21 off 10 but with hardly any support from others like Rohan Kadam, Amit Verma, and Kunal Kapoor, they fell short of the target by 25 runs. Earlier, the bowlers did very well to contain the opposition’s run-flow thanks to a brilliant 3-29 by left-arm medium-pacer Prateek Jain and 2-wicket haul each by spinners Amit Verma and Anil IG and speedster Bhavesh Gulecha. However, their efforts went in vain as the batting line-up crumbled under pressure.
Against Mysuru Warriors though, they successfully chased down 162 runs thanks to good efforts by CM Gautam and Abhinav Manohar, who scored 45 and 47 runs respectively. Pawan and Amit Verma started the chase well with useful knocks while the bowling squad put up a disciplined effort in the first innings. Speedster Zahoor Faroqui and spinner Amit Verma took 2 wickets apiece while Anil and Prateek Jain contributed to 1 dismissal each.
The bowlers are doing well and present a fine balance of spin and pace; they can pull out some tricks from the bag to outwit Bengaluru here.
Bengaluru Blasters are yet to win a match this season and will fight hard to garner two points here; however, we feel that Bellary Tuskers with the good form are clear favorites to win this game.