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|Chethan John William||22||20||1||1||110.00|
|Chethan John William||1.0||0||10||0||10.00|
Karnataka Premier League got off to a blistering start which was reminiscent of opening IPL game in 2008. Bengaluru Blasters blasted 228 runs riding on quick-fire innings from Robin Uthappa. They are set to host Ballari Tuskers in their next match to be played at Bengaluru on 18th August 2018. The Tuskers are yet to play in the competition and given the fact that they bolstered their bowling in the auction, it promises to be a cracker of a match
The Blasters shrugged off their dismal last year form and started this tournament with a bang, thanks to their new acquisition in Robin Uthappa. They got Robin Uthappa through the auction which immediately paid dividends as he rocketed Blasters to a record total.
The Blasters raced to a commanding total of 228 for five with Robin Uthappa scoring 81 off just 38 deliveries. The total proved to be good enough for them to begin their campaign with a clinical 67-run win over reigning champions Belgavi Panthers. Blasters did not get off to a start they were looking for as they lost KB Pawan for a personal score of 7.
Vishwanathan and Uthappa then launched a counter-attack on the Panthers' with the duo partnering to score 75 runs in just 7 overs before the opener was trapped by Negi. Deshpande began from where Vishwanathan left and played a perfect second-fiddle knock to Robin Uthappa before getting dismissed for 46.
Chasing a total of such a tall-order was always going to be difficult for Panthers and losing Hoover in the opening over of the chase only made the task difficult for them. Koushik was brilliant for Blasters in the opening spell and he finished with excellent figures of 4-0-19-1. Bhandage and Anand were brilliant in the middle overs as the duo combined to pick up five wickets in their seven overs for just 54 runs.
M Vishwanathan, KB Pawan, RV Uthappa, Pavan Deshpande, AS Brar, Chethan John William, Abhisek Bhat, Manoj Bhandge, Mitrakanth-Yadav, Bharath Devraj, V Koushik.
After having a brilliant tournament in 2016 where they went on to eventually win the title, the Tuskers slumped to having one of their worst tournaments ever in the following year. Their poor performance was largely due to their inexperienced bowlers due to which they decided to spend a major portion of their budget to grasp good bowling talent from the auction.
Their batting will rest on the shoulders of CM Gautam and Rohan Kadam who were their top scorers in the 2017 and 2016 seasons respectively. The retention of Abhinav Manohar and Devdutt Paddikal will add depth to their batting lineup.
Only time will tell how they fared in the auction, but they did great by the looks of it. They managed to grab some brilliant bowling talent including T Pradeep and SL Akshay. Their spin department will be handled by Abrar Kazi and Ritesh Bhatkal who could be key to their success especially on the surfaces which are known to get slower and lower.
CM Gautam, Rohan Kadam, Swapnil Yelave, Devdutt Padikal, Abhinav Manohar, Abrar Kazi, CA Karthik, T Pradeep, Ritesh Bhatkal, SL Akshay, Mutthu Nayak.
The Blasters and the Tuskers went in with contrasting strategies into the auction with Blasters banking most of their budget in procuring good batsmen. It is expected to be an interesting battle between the two sides which could eventually turn out to be the battle between Blasters' batting and Tuskers' bowling. Blasters, with a win in their last match, will be confident of another superb performance and with Uthappa in top form, we expect them to emerge on top yet again.