About the Match
A combination of some rain out matches and some upsets have made KPL 2017 a closely fought affair where six out of the seven teams are in with a shot of qualifying for the knockout stages of the tournament. The last two matches will be frantic as every team will be trying to win with some needing a boost in their NRR as well.
The match between Mysuru Warriors and Namma SHivamogga is a straight shootout with the winner going through and the loser clinging only to the faintest of hope of scraping through by virtue of having a better NRR.
After a fantastic start to the tournament, the Mysuru Warriors stumbled somewhat and now find themselves in a must-win situation. They will still be without Karun Nair for this important match and will be hoping that some of their key players step up to the occasion.
The win against Hubli in the last match would have given them some confidence especially as a couple of players played a crucial role. Arjun Hoysala is not at his best but with 133 runs in the tournament, is still the leading run scorer for Mysuru. He is closely followed by SN Raju with 127 but there is a steep gap between the rest of the players.
NP Bhareth who made a crucial 52 in the win against Hubli only have 67 runs in total for the tournament.
Mysuru will need their most experienced players to play an important knock otherwise the pressure of the knockout situation could get to some of the younger players.
Vijay Kumar has led the way on the bowling front with 8 wickets to his name and been ably supported by Akshay, Bhareth, and Gopal. With almost all the leading bowlers having an economy rate of less than 8 runs per over, Mysuru can be expected to keep the bowling tight.
Rain has followed Namma Shivamogga around in the series and washed out two of their matches. In a short tournament like this where every dropped point is important, this can be crucial, as can be the loss of continuity for the players.
They will have to put all of that behind them though as they get ready to face the Mysuru Warriors in a knockout. Considering the fact that Shivamogga has had two less opportunities to score runs and pick wickets, their players have some very decent stats for the tournament.
The standout batsman for Namma Shivamogga has been Shoaib Manager with 125 runs from 4 innings. Apart from him, there are three other batsmen that are nearing 100 runs including opener Liyan Khan, middle order batsmen R Jonathan and Aniruddha Joshi providing some useful runs down the order.
This leads us to believe that Namma Shivamogga has plenty of firepower in the batting department but they can also self-destruct, as was seen in the match against the Panthers before rain saved them some blushes.
The bowling is another story though with T Pradeep being the lone bright spot. He has taken 7 wickets in three innings, which is more than twice the next best bowler in the team. Sivamogga will need to keep the runs tight against a struggling Mysuru batting otherwise they could find getting those same runs much tougher against a superior bowling attack.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at Hubli has been excellent for batting at the start of the innings and slows up a little as the match progresses. A score of 150 is definitely competitive here. There is a chance of rain playing spoilsport and causing interruptions.
Namma Shivamogga to win