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|Syed Khaja Moinuddin||4.0||0||24||0||6.00|
|Rohit Kumar Paudel||2||7||0||0||28.57|
Amid rain and some closely fought games, we have come a long way since the beginning of the Karnataka Premier League. We already have our semifinalists for the tournament, and the last league match is yet to be played. Although a dead rubber in respect to the playoff positions are concerned, the match between Bellary Tuskers and Shivamogga Lions which is to be played on the evening of 3rd September at Mysore will carry an importance of its own. With both the sides being the bottom two teams in the tournament, one is certain to get the wooden spoon. The loser of this match will finish at the bottom of the table and both the teams will like to avoid that and finish on a high.
It will be safe to say that the strategy employed by Tuskers at the auction didn't yield fruitful results as per their expectations. Although they bolstered their bowling attack to a great extent, they ended up thinning their batting lineup which led to them ending up for subpar totals more often than not.
It wasn't much different in their last game when they failed to chase down a modest total of 157 posted by Belgavi Panthers. Despite getting off to a flying start with Karthik Codanda smashing 31 runs off just 11 deliveries, the rest of their batsmen could not capitalize and ended up 22 short of Belgavi's total. Skipper CM Gautam and Devdutt Padikkal did manage to get useful runs, 24 and 23 respectively, but none of them could play an innings of influence.
Bowling-wise, the Tuskers were decent as reflected by the modest total the Panthers were able to get to. T Pradeep and Ritesh Bhatkal were their best performers of the day with the ball. They returned with the figures of 2 for 28 and 2 for 19 in their four overs respectively.
Rohan Kadam, CA Karthik, Adithya Reddy, Abrar Kazi, GK Chiranjeevi, Ritesh Bhatkal, Majid Makandar, SL Akshay, CM Gautam, Mutthu Nayak, Rajat Hegde.
Unlike the Tuskers who got off the mark with a point, courtesy a point obtained as a result of the match being called off, the Shivamogga are yet to add something in their points column. The Lions haven't had anything gone their way and they're therefore placed at the bottom spot of the points table.
They came mighty close to causing an upset against Bengaluru Blasters in their last match, but the Uthappa led team held its nerve to cross the line with five balls to spare. The Lions succumbed to the pressure of scoring a big total against the powerful batting lineup and ended up scoring a paltry total of 146 in their 20 overs. It would have been a winning score had it not been for Abhishek Bhat who played a brilliant 40-run knock to guide the Blasters home.
Defending a low total, it was imperative for their bowlers to stick to their lines and pick wickets regularly. The bowlers did not disappoint and had Blasters reeling at 46 for 5 in a little over 6 overs before Bhat bailed them out. Robin Uthappa's wickets was a vital one as it brought Lions back in the game. He was caught by Abilash Shetty at third man off Aditya Somanna's bowling. Somanna, incidentally, was their top bowler for the day and returned with the figures of 3 for 34 in his four overs.
BR Sharath, Nihal Ullal, Rohit Kumar, Prithviraj Shekawat, Anirudha Joshi, Adhoksh Hegde, Aditya Somanna, Rongsen Jonathan, K Hoysala, Abhilash Shetty, Syed Khaja Moinuddin.
The fact that this game will have no impact whatsoever on the top-four teams of the tournament does not make it any less anticipated. Although both the sides have failed to secure a win, they both have fought hard in the tournament. With a chance to secure their first win of the competition for both the sides, a hard-fought contest is certainly on the cards. The Tuskers have fared better in the tournament as compared to the Lions and with an experienced batting lineup, they are more likely to emerge on top on Monday in the last league encounter of the tournament.
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