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It's only a matter of a couple of days that we get our top four teams in the ongoing Karnataka Premier League with league phase of the tournament set to come to an end on Tuesday. In first of the two matches scheduled to be played on the day, Bengaluru Blasters are set to take on Hubli Tigers in a game which will have a significant impact on who the top four teams are going to be. The Winner of this match will get to six points, and since the fourth team to qualify will be decided on the basis of net run rate, the margin of win could also prove to be important in this upcoming encounter. The match between the two sides is set to be played at Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadeyar Ground, Mysuru.
Just like the Blasters, Hubli Tigers too have four points to their name, thanks to a couple of wins. While they too need to win this upcoming encounter to have any chance whatsoever to qualify for the next round, they wouldn't really be too worried about the margin of win. They have a net run rate of -0.593 and a victory of decent margin should be enough to push them through. In case Shivamogga Lions fail to win their encounter, the Tigers will go through regardless of the margin of their win.
They are coming off a heavy defeat at the hands of Mysuru Warriors in their previous encounter which highlighted their vulnerabilities in both the departments of the game. Batting first, Hubli Tigers could score just 151 runs in the allotted 20 overs, riding on a superb half-century by Praveen Dubey. Their bowlers, however, failed to make any mark whatsoever as they gave away the total in just 16 overs.
All in all, Hubli Tigers have a well-balanced side, but lack of consistency in their performances has cost them up until now. They have a chance to redeem themselves in the upcoming match and qualify for the next round. It would be interesting to see how they fare in a must-win encounter on Tuesday.
KB Pawan, Luvnith Sisodia, Mohammad Taha, KL Shrijith, RV Kumar, Praveen Dubey, Aditya Somanna, Mitrakanth-Yadav, David Mathias, Abhilash Shetty, S Gopal.
The Blasters have played five matches in the tournament so far and have registered just one win. Thanks to a win and a couple of washouts, they have four points to their name, but the margins of their victories have been pretty slim as compared to what that have been in their losses, resulting in an extremely poor net run rate of -2.043.
For them to qualify for the next round, they'd not only need to register a massive win in this upcoming fixture but will also want Bijapur Bulls to beat Shivamogga Lions in the second match of the day.
The Blasters are coming into this match with a couple of poor batting performances in back to back matches. Against Bellary Tuskers, which was a rain-inflicted encounter, their batsmen could put just 93 runs on the board in 16 overs for the loss of eight wickets. In their subsequent match, which was also their previous encounter, their batsmen failed to do anything of substance yet again as they managed to put a total of just 110 runs on the board. Belgavi Panthers chased down their total with remarkable ease, with more than eight overs to spare, which also did plenty of damage to their net run rate.
All in all, Bengaluru Blasters have struggled in all departments of the game in the tournament so far, more so in the past couple of matches. They have a steep hill to climb tomorrow for them to not only topple Hubli Tigers but also by a massive margin.
BR Sharath, Rohan Kadam, Kuldeep Kumar, Rongsen Jonathan, Manoj Bhandge, Krishna Pandey, Anand Doddamani, V Koushik, Rohan Raju, K Kamath, Bharath Dhuri.
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It is a match of massive importance for both the sides - arguably a virtual quarter-final. Both the teams would need a little more than a win in this upcoming fixture, Bengaluru Blasters have a lot more difficult scenario. Also, they have exhibited dismal performances in their past two matches, which speaks volumes about the kind of form they are in. Comparing the two teams on paper and the basis of recent performances, we think that Hubli Tigers are better placed to emerge on top in the upcoming fixture.
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