About the Match
A rained out game and an early loss has put some pressure on the Bellary Tuskers, however, these are still early days in the competition with plenty of time to make a comeback. The Mysuru Warriors finally lost their first ever group match in the last game and will need to lift themselves up for this encounter as well.
The Tuskers looked comfortably placed and likely to win for the majority of their last match before the seventh wicket partnership for the Bijapur Bulls snatched the game away. This early loss will serve as a wake-up call to the defending champions that the tournament is much more competitive this year and any team can beat the other one.
Let us start by focusing on the positives. Kadam and Pawan did not score too many runs for Bellary but valuable contributions from Amit Verma, CM Gautam, and a whirlwind at the end by Abhinav Manohar was enough to get them to a very competitive total.
It can be assumed that the Tuskers will be a handful once the openers also get into the groove of things.
Unfortunately, their bowling performance was strictly ordinary. Only Gulecha went for less than 8 runs an over and the lack of a killer blow at the end eventually cost them the match. The Bellary Tuskers will need to get their bowling attack in order very quickly otherwise the good work of their batsmen will continue to get completely undone.
The Warriors are not used to having too many bad days in the KPL. This was only their second loss since the beginning of the 2016 tournament and so the defeat will have stung. The logical thing would be to chalk it down to the extremely impressive form shown by Stuart Binny and move on but that may be easier said than done.
The Warriors batting has been very inconsistent in the three matches that they have played. Only one batsman has scored more than 50 runs in the tournament while the lack of power hitting options at the end is hurting them as well.
Not a single batsman has passed the fifty run mark in one inning and no top-order player has a strike rate of over 150. These are all red flags in our opinion and could point to a deeper malaise in the team.
The bowling has been better led by Vijay Kumar and NP Bhareth while Akshay too has contributed in the matches played so far as well. Once again, though, we feel that the death bowling of this lineup is weak and a set destructive batsmen can really take the side to the cleaners.
The Warriors were a formidable unit last year but they seem to be lacking something this year.
Pitch and Conditions
The matches that are being played completely under the lights have been higher scoring ones than the day-night encounters. The dew on the field is a big factor in helping the ball come on to the bat. The weather is once again dicey and we can do nothing but pray to the gods to allow cricket to be played!
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