About the Match
Early indications from the league suggest that the top two teams are going to differentiate themselves from the other quickly while the fight for the third and fourth spot will be between three relatively even teams. Part of that second group are the Bellary Tuskers and the Bijapur Bulls, both still looking for their first win of the tournament.
The defending champions of the KPL have been waiting on the sidelines as rain prevented them from taking any part in the first game. They will be hoping for some better luck this time around as they take on the Bijapur Bulls.
The Tuskers won the tournament last year on the back of some truly amazing performances by Amit Verma who was their highest wicket taker. He is also more than a useful batsman coming in the middle order. He was the most expensive buy of this season among all teams and it was clear the Bellary wanted to keep him at any cost.
They also have KB Pawan from last year who scored 221 runs for them, Rohan Kadam who scored 304 runs (the most in the squad) and Prateek Jain joins them for this year as well.
All in all the Bellary Tuskers have a strong squad that seeks to build on the core of last year’s success. We think they have covered their bases on all fronts and just need to hope that their star performers from last year were not one season wonders.
The Bulls have lost two games on the trot and under pressure to turn their season around otherwise they can quickly find themselves out of the reckoning. They fell short chasing down a total of 161 against Namma Shivamogga in the last match but there were a few positives to take from that.
M Nidesh has been consistent for the Bulls in the two matches scoring a total of 94 runs with 7 sixes to his name. Similarly, D Negi also has had a good start to the tournament with 59 runs to his name so far but no one else has contributed anything of note.
No other batsman in the team has totaled more than 21 runs and that should be a huge concern to the Bulls. Their bowling started off well thanks to More and Mithun but once again support from the others was lacking.
KC Cariappa was talked about as one of the big finds of Indian cricket but his performances have not lived up to that tag. His 3 overs went for 32 runs and were characterized by poor lines and freebies on offer for the batsmen.
Mohammad Taha, Bharat Chipli, and MG Naveen need to start firing at the top of the order to give the Bulls a much-needed boost.
Pitch and Conditions
Rain is around Mysore at this time of the year and once again scattered thunderstorms have been predicted for match day. Previous matches have shown though that the pitch is a little on the slower side and helpful for bowlers that are willing to take the pace off the ball.
A score of 160-170 will be tough to chase.
The Bellary Tuskers to wi