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|Mohammed Niyaz Nisar||3.0||0||23||2||7.67|
The management of Karnataka Premier League is going through a tough time this year with torrential rains affecting most of the matches. We've already seen quite a few matches washed out due to rain and a couple rescheduled to be played on 31st August. Belgavi Panthers will take on Bellary Tuskers in what will be the 11th match of the tournament on Saturday, 25th August, at Mysore.
Having played just a couple of matches in the competition, the defending team are sitting in the bottom half of the table, but won't be too worried about their matches already rescheduled.
They lost their first match to Bengaluru Blasters where Robin Uthappa wrecked havoc on their bowlers as the Blasters scored a mammoth total batting first. Stuart Binny was successful to dismiss a few batsmen, but the rest of the bowlers and fielders were left to being spectators with Uthappa hitting the ball out of the part so often.
Expectedly, they failed to chase the target and lost the match by 67 runs. The early wicket of Stalin Hoover proved to be enough to stop them in their tracks as the Blasters' spinners weaved their web of spin around the Panthers. Overall, the Panthers are a good unit and as it was the case last year, they are good enough to get past any team on their day.
Stalin Hoover, Dikshanshu Negi, STR Binny, S Prashanth, S Rakshith, HS Sharath, D Avinash, Akshay Ballal, Mohammed Niyaz Nisar, M Nidish, Shubang Hegde.
Similar to the Panthers, the Tuskers, too, have been able to get off the mark on the points table, as far as a win is concerned. They are placed at the third spot from the bottom with two losses in three-game totaling to one point.
A better net-run rate has kept them just above the Panthers, but this could change in the game to follow. The Tuskers bolstered their bowling department in the auction by picking up the likes of T Pradeep, Abrar Kazi, and SL Akshay from the auction, but the strategy hasn't reaped fruits until now. While the performance of their bowlers has been alright, their batting has lacked an outright aggressor who can clear the boundaries right from the word go.
They were bundled out for just 145 runs in their match against the Hubli Tigers and succumbed to scoreboard pressure when chasing against the Bijapur Bulls. Their batting has failed on both occasions, while chasing as well as while setting the target and the onus will be on their skipper CM Gautam and Rohan Kadam to not only provide them with a solid start but also to finish with a flourish and if they can do that, they'll be a force to deal with.
CM Gautam, Abrar Kazi, Rohan Kadam, Devdutt Padikal, Abhinav Manohar, CA Karthik, Ritesh Bhatkal, Dega Nischal, Manjesh Reddy, SL Akshay, T Pradeep.
It's been a rather dull week for KPL fans and management with most of the matches getting washed out due to relentless downpour. We can now expect some respite having moved to Mysore for the final leg of the league stage. Belgavi Panthers appear to be a better-balanced side much largely due to the presence of experienced all-rounders in Stuart Binny and Stalin Hoover. Therefore, we expect them to finish on top in this all-important game.