Date & Time: Wednesday, August 28, 19:00 IST
Venue: Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground, Mysore, India
Batting heavy sides clash off in Qualifier-1 for a place in final
It is time for playoffs in KPL 2019. Bellary Tuskers face-off Belagavi Panthers in the Qualifier-1 on Wednesday. Bellary Tuskers having finished at the top of the table have had a great group stage where they lost only two games and that too by a close margin. On the other hand, Belagavi Panthers having not won a game in the first 3 matches have bounced in style with back to back victories in the next three and finished at No.2 in the points table. Coming to the strengths, both the teams have relied heavily upon batting so far in the season and that’s where Manish Pandey’s absence is going to come in handy for the Tuskers as he was instrumental in the Panthers’ victories.
Bellary Tuskers might consider bringing back K Appanna in place of Vishnu Priyan. Panthers are likely to stick with the winning combination.
Apart from a lone game, the surface in Mysore has produced high scoring games so far in the season. The teams that bat second have won 5 out of the 6 games played and it is likely to be the same in the Qualifier-1. The forecast is for a cloudy day but there is no rain threat during the match.
He is the tournament MVP, as he picked 19 wickets and scored 201 runs in the 6 matches he has played. He may have started off the season slowly but after his incredible performance against Shivamogga Lions, he hasn’t turned back. He followed it up with a 4 wicket haul against Mysuru Warriors in the last match.
He is the leading run-scorer for Tuskers in the season with 223 runs from 6 matches. Apart from a couple of innings, he has crossed at least 25+ score in the remaining matches. Adding to it, he also proved to be handy with his off-breaks where he chipped in with few cheap overs.
He has been a consistent performer for the Tuskers at the top of the order. He has scored 217 runs from 6 matches played in the season. In those 6 matches, he crossed 25+ score on every instance which is the very reason that makes him one of the most sought after players in today’s match.
He may not have been as consistent as some of the Tuskers players, but has come up with a couple of match-defining performances in the season with bat and ball. He scored a blistering century and took a record 8 wicket haul.