Date & Time: Friday, August 23, 15:00 IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India
A Win game for Belagavi Panthers
Bengaluru Blasters have at last registered a win in the season by defeating Bellary Tuskers in a rain-shortened game yesterday. The victory now placed them at No.4 in the points table and a couple more wins in the remaining matches will see them through the knock offs. On the other side, Belagavi Panthers are at the bottom of the table as they are yet to register a win in the tournament. One more loss at this stage crucial juncture in the tournament will knock them out of the season. So from now on, every game is a must-win for the Panthers and it starts against the Blasters who are coming into the contest on the back of their first win.
Bengaluru Blasters is likely to stick with the winning combination. While Belagavi Panthers is likely to make few changes in the bowling attack.
The surface at Chinnaswamy has become better for batting in the second half of the game in the last few days. Adding to it, with rain around the corner many a team is preferring to chase. 5 out of the last 6 games have been won by the team that chased down the target.
The Indian international may not have gotten a chance to bat in the first game but in the second he showed why the team has badly missed him. He has come up with a blistering hundred in the last game and now with the team in a must-win situation there is every chance he will come up with another crucial knock for the team in today’s match.
The wicket-keeper batsman is one of the few consistent players for Bengaluru Blasters so far in the season. He has come up with good starts in the 4 matches played so far which includes two 30+ scores. The very consistency makes him a worthy pick in today’s match for Dream11 fantasy cricket players.
He is a consistent performer for Bengaluru Blasters when comes to bowling. He has picked at least a wicket in every game where he finished his 4 overs. Adding to his wicket-taking ability, he has also proved to be economical so far in the season.
Apart from Manish Pandey, Hower is the other player who has come up with handy contributions for the team so far in the season. He has chipped in a couple of wickets in the last match when others struggled to contain the opposition batsmen. He may not have come up with his best with the bat yet, but once he gets going he becomes form.