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Karnataka Premier League has once again picked up pace since we've moved to the third leg of the tournament, being played at Mysore. Mysuru Warriors finished second in their second game of the tournament as they fell short by a margin of merely three runs. They take on Shivamogga Lions in their next game who are languishing at the bottom of the table and need a win to stay alive in the competition. A win for Warriors, on the other hand, will push make the Lions stronger candidates for the wooden-spoon and brighten their own process as far as qualification is concerned.
Hubli Tigers managed to just escape a scare from Warriors in their last match, which took them flying to the second spot in the points table, separated from Bengaluru Blasters only on the net run rate.
Bowling first, their quick bowlers were expensive up front and at the death as VV Kumar and PA Jain were taken for over an economy rate of over ten runs an over. Bharath and Suchith were impressive as they returned with the figures of 4-0-33-2 and 4-0-26-1 respectively, but apart from that, it was all Mohammad Taha show who took the Tigers to 182.
The Warriors actually started off pretty well with the chase but stumbled just before the finishing line. They got off to a flyer, courtesy Arjun Hoysala, and RR Bhatkal's short but quick innings. After being at 53 for 1 in five overs, they were soon reduced to 108-6 in 13, losing both wickets as well as momentum in the process. Shoaib Manager ended up to be their lone warrior with no support from others as they eventually fell short by three runs. Manager played a 58-run knock which took just 31 deliveries.
Arjun Hoysala, Raju Bhatkal, Amit Verma, Shoaib Manager, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kushal Wadhwani, NP Bhareth, Srinivas Sharath, SP Manjunath, Vyshak Vijaykumar, Prateek Jain.
The Lions played their first match in this edition just around the same time as Warriors. While the latter have done well and have looked solid, the Lions have failed to instill confidence in both their players and fans. With two losses in two matches, they'd be desperate for a win here so as to keep a realistic qualification chance alive.
They lost their last match to Bengaluru Blasters where they failed to put up a threatening total batting first. Their bowlers couldn't have done much against powerful Blasters' lineup by taking the match to the last over was a commendable job done by them.
Batting first, the Lions somehow limped to a respectable score of 146 in the allotted 20 overs. At one time, it appeared that they could get something out of the match as they had Blasters on the mat with 4 down for 40 on the board. The situation was aggravated further as they got 6 for 84. However, lack of intelligent death bowling coupled with poor decisions led to their downfall.
BR Sharath, Nihal Ullal, Rohit Kumar, Nishanth Shekhawat, Rongsen Jonathan, Anirudha Joshi, Prithviraj Shekawat, Aditya Somanna, K Kamath, Abhimanyu Mithun, K Hoysala.
Both the teams started off their campaign this year around the same time. While Mysuru Warriors have looked a little at ease, Lions have already had a couple of tough defeats to their name. With a better team balance and good form in the tournament thus far, Mysuru Warriors appear to be better placed to win this upcoming encounter.