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The opening match of the Karnataka Premier League was scheduled to feature the Bengaluru Blasters but incessant rain meant that only 13 overs of play was possible in one inning before the match was abandoned.
Now, the Bengaluru Blasters will be hoping for some respite from the rain as they come up against the defending champion of KPL 2018, the Bijapur Bulls. Unfortunately, we are in the middle of the rainy season in Bengaluru and the weather forecast does not look promising at all.
Bengaluru Blasters vs Bijapur Bulls KPL 2019 is going to be played at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium on the 18th of August 2019.
There were just 13 overs possible in the Bengaluru Blasters batting inning in the first match but it gave us enough clues to know what to expect moving forward. Sharath BR opened the batting with Rohan Kadam and the pair of them played quite well.
Both batsmen were fluent and free-scoring before getting out. Converting their starts into something more substantial is going to be of prime importance to them moving forward. Nikin Jose batted at three while the much vaunted Rongsen Jonathan batted at 4.
This is not a bad batting lineup at all and could be one of the strongest ones if the batsmen continue to be in good form.
Rohan Raju, Bharath Devaraj, and Anand Doddamani were the lead bowlers chosen for the first match.
The Bengaluru Blasters were the best team in the group stages last season but stumbled in the final. They will be hoping to rectify that mistake this time around.
Rohan Kadam, BR Sharath, Rongsen Jonathan, Rohan Raju, KN Bharath, Manoj Bhandge, Nikin Jose, Bharath Dhuri, V Koushik, Anand Doddamani, Bharath Devraj.
Two time winners of the Karnataka Premier League, the Bijapur Bulls are a side to be reckoned with. They did not have the best group stage in the previous season winning just three matches out of their six. Two of their matches were rained out, though, and that is why the Bijapur Bulls had to sweat it out till the last minute to be sure of a qualification spot.
They would want to avoid all of that this season by starting strong and leading from the very start.
The form of Bharat Chipli, their highest scorer in 2018 as well as that of the entire KPL, is going to be very crucial. Chipli will be expected to play the long inning and provide the firepower as well.
KC Cariappa is going to attract a lot of attention during the bowling stint of the Bulls. He has been in the news for some phenomenal auction prices in the IPL and now will be expected to boss this level of cricket.
The Bijapur Bulls are shaping up nicely and now it remains to be seen whether they are able to reprise their winning run in KPL 2019 as well.
Bharat Chipli, Swapnil Yelave, GS Chiranjeevi, Gneshwar Naveen, Pranav Bhatia, Suneel Raju, Raju Bhatkal, NP Bhareth, KC Cariappa, Prateek Jain, SL Akshay.
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Bengaluru Blasters vs Bijapur Bulls KPL 2019 is going to be played at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium on the 18th of August 2019. The weather forecast for match day is terrible. There is rain expected for almost the entire day and some thunderstorms around the time of the start of the match as well.
We will be very lucky to get any cricket at all, forget a complete 20 over a side game.
These are the two strongest teams in the KPL according to us and it will be a real shame if we are unable to see them play. If by some miracle, the rain abates then we think the Bijapur Bulls will be able to get the job done.
Bet on the Bijapur Bulls to win.
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