About the Match
We are just a couple of days off the final week of the Karnataka Premier League as Mysuru Warriors take on Hubli Tigers in the 15th match of the tournament tomorrow. We saw the first half of the tournament being played in Mysore and the action will now shift to KCSA cricket ground, Hubli. Hubli is sitting pretty being among the top two teams of the table with three wins in four matches. Mysuru isn't far away from them as they've won two out of their four and a win will bring the two teams together separated only by their Net Run Rates. Monsoon hasn't had much of a say as far as Cricket in Karnataka is concerned, but it has rained a fair bit over the last few days at Hubli. While the rain can play spoil-sport, we do not expect it to cause much damage.
WIth Mayank Agarwal in fine form, their batting looks strong as ever. In their previous match, however, their batting collapsed like a house of cards while chasing a lowly total of 102 runs. They managed to register a win, but it wasn't clinical as they'd have liked. R Vinay Kumar, the skipper, has been excellent with both bat and ball. P Dubey and Skipper himself can be used as floaters with the bat and are equally good capable with the ball.
Mayank Agarwal has scored 146 runs in 4 games with the highest score of 92. Considering the form he's in, Mysuru Warriors' bowlers would have to keep things tight in the opening overs. Vinay Kumar and P Dubey add to the balance of the team with good all-around skills. KV Siddarth too has been brilliant with the bat and he will be looking to reach 100-runs aggregate in his fifth match of the tournament.
Overall, the Tigers are a strong team who although rely on the top order's performance, are not too dependent on it. They have strong middle order and a tail that can wag. If their top-order gets going, the Warriors will have a tough time in the middle. If not, Warriors will still have to work hard to get past them.
Likely Starting XI: Mayank Agarwal, A Reddy, KV Siddharth, A Bajpai, V Kumar, Sakuja, R Bhatkal, A Khan, P Dubey, K Kumar, D Mathias/I Bhat
Mysuru's batting has been sub par in the tournament until now and they haven't shown signs of improvement either. Karun Nair who was absent from the Mysuru squad is now available for selection after his Duleep Trophy duties and should walk into the playing 11 against the Tigers.
Nair's availability should boost their confidence and his innings could be a decisive factor in how Mysuru's scoreboard looks like. Arjun Hoysala and S Raju have done well with both bat and ball and they'd need their all-around skills to come good on the match day.
Their bowling hasn't been as miserable as their batting. They've restricted teams to the totals lower than anticipated with almost all of the bowlers contributing. Mysuru bowlers have done a decent job and it wouldn't be surprising if they are able to restrict the Tigers to a modest total.
Likely Starting XI: A Hoysala, K Avinash, K Nair, S Raju, SP Manjunath, Bharat NP, KL Srijit, S Gopal, J Suchith, S Akshay, V Vijay Kumar
Mysuru's batsmen will be hoping for a change in their fortunes with the change in venue. Hubli, on the other hand, have done well at Mysore and will be looking to carry on with the momentum. With a balanced batting lineup and a good number of options in the bowling attack, Hubli Tigers are our pick for this match.