Date & Time: Saturday, August 31, 19:00 IST
Venue: Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground, Mysore, India
The 2016 finalists face-off for yet another title fight.
It’s time for the mega final in KPL2019 when Bellary Tuskers face-off Hubli Tigers on Saturday in Mysore. Hubli Tigers having finished at No.3 in the points table, have come up with back to back victories in Eliminator and Qualifier-2 to make way into the finals. They have featured in a couple of previous seasons’ finals but failed to cross over the line. On the other hand, Bellary Tuskers topped the table in the league phase and have come after an easy win in Qualifier-1 to make way into the finals. They have featured in the finals once and in that instance, they triumphed the same Hubli Tigers back in 2016. So, it will be fascinating to see whether it will be an action replay of 2016 finals or will Hubli Tigers finally become champions in their third attempt.
Both teams are likely to stick with the winning combination unless there is an injury concern.
The surface in Mysore has produced good batting tracks for most games in the season. It is likely to remain the same way in the all-important final as well. The weather forecast is for a cloudy day in Mysore, but there has been no rain for the match.
He is one of the most consistent performers for Tuskers in the season where he is leading the run charts for the side with 242 runs from 7 matches. Apart from a lone inning, he has crossed at least a 25+ scores in the remaining matches. This very consistency makes him a must-have player in the Dream11 cricket team.
He is the leading wicket-taker for Tuskers in the season with 20 wickets from 7 matches. Adding to it, he has also been sensational with the bat on a couple of occasions. He has scored at least 25+ scores or chipped in with a wicket in matches played so far. His all-round ability and experience in having played high pressure games make him a must-have in today’s match.
He was the leading scorer of the 2018 season and now with a match to go, he is at the same position. He had a stop and start kind of season as he performed in alternate matches in the league phase. But in the playoffs, he has stepped up with back-to-back half-centuries. If he can continue the same form in the final there is no stopping him in finishing at the top of the run charts.
He is the most consistent player for the Tigers in the season. He is the man to go whenever the team loses early wickets or need to accelerate. Adding to it, he has also been handy with his off-breaks as he chipped in a few wickets at crucial stages.
Apart from a 30+ score in the first five games, Gautam hasn’t done anything significant. But he has come up with a match-defining performance in the last two games, where he scored two 90+ scores. It has been a hit or miss kind of a season for Gautam so far, which makes him a big bet player to consider as he comes with match-defining innings when he performs.