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We are five days into the Karnataka Premier League and although the teams like Hubli Tigers and Bengaluru Blasters have already registered two wins each, Mysuru Warriors will commence their campaign on Monday, 18th August at Hubli. They'll face Ballari Tuskers who lost their first match to Hubli Tigers. The level of excitement is growing in the tournament with every passing game and with both teams looking to win their first match, the upcoming game promises to be a nail-biting contest.
Skipper CM Gautam failed to fire in their first match, against Bengaluru Blaster, which they lost by a little margin of six runs. As they go in to play their second match of the tournament, a lot will depend on their experienced lot in CM Gautam, Abrar Kazi, T Pradeep, and Rohan Kadam.
They had Bengaluru Blasters on the mat at one stage during the match, but fabulous batting by Arshdeep Brar took the game away. Bowlers did an excellent job upfront reducting Blasters to 67 for 6 in 10.4 overs. The highlight of their bowling was Uthappa's dismissal who was castled by T Pradeep on the second delivery he faced.
Despite Arshdeep Singh's superb innings, the Tuskers were well in the business. Rohan Kadam was circumspect up front, but Swapnil Yelave failed could not control his instincts and lost his wicket for a personal score of five. They kept losing wickets at the regular interval and despite Manohar's valiant effort of 61 from 28, they eventually fell short of the target by 61 runs.
Rohan Kadam, Swapnil Yelave, Devdutt Padikal, Abhinav Manohar, CM Gautam, Abrar Kazi, CA Karthik, T Pradeep, Ritesh Bhatkal, SL Akshay, Mutthu Nayak.
Captained by Jagdessha Suchith, the Warriors are easily one of the most balanced teams after the auctions. Manager's inclusion has bolstered their batting. His all-around skills could be pretty useful, considering the surface of Hubli where spinners have played vital role thus far.
Vyashak Vijaykumar, who bagged 10 wickets from six games, was retained and will team up with Prateek Jain as far as pace department is concerned. Manjunath SP and Jagdessha Suchith, two of the best spinners in Karnataka, will play a key role on the surface which has assisted spinners.
Hard hitting batsmen in Arjun Hoysala will be useful to provide impetus to their innings. Although they did get Prasidh Krishna and Krishnappa Gowtham, they both are unlikely to feature in their upcoming match owing to other duties.
Arjun Hoysala, Raju Bhatkal, NP Bhareth, Krishnamurthy Siddharth, Amit Verma, Srinivas Sharath, SP Manjunath, Jagadeesha Suchith, Prateek Jain, Vyshak Vijaykumar, Shoaib Manager.
Mysuru Warriors finished fifth last year but will be looking forward to a better start this year, especially after bolstering their team in both the departments. Ballari got off to a poor start and will need their batsmen to step up. Both the teams are pretty strong as far as the bowling department is concerned, and batsmen will play a key role. The Tuskers appear to be a better batting team, on paper, and having already played a game, they'll be knowing the conditions better. For the above-mentioned reasons, the Tuskers are better placed to win the upcoming game and take two important points.