The 19th match of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) 2019 will be played between Mysuru Warriors and Bellary Tuskers at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground in Mysore.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Star Sports and live streaming is available on Hotstar.
Bellary Tuskers is one of the two teams that have confirmed their spot in the playoffs in this edition of Karnataka Premier League (KPL). They and Shivamogga Lions are the only teams to win as many as three matches. The Tuskers won four out of the five matches they played thus far and in all likelihood, they will finish as the table-topers. They will face Mysuru Warriors in their last league match.
The spotlight will be on Krishnappa Gowtham who created a sensation with his all-round performance in the last match of the season in Bangalore. Gowtham recorded the highest KPL score of 134* and also took an 8-wicket haul (8/15) in the match against Shivamogga. On the other hand, the Mysuru Warriors need a win to qualify for the playoffs and also need Belagavi Panthers to lose against Bijapur Bulls.
Mysore is also under the threat of rain like Bangalore. However, the chance of rain is high only before the match. It could delay the start of the afternoon match. But the game to be played in the night is expected to have no interruption.
The Mysore-leg matches began with twin 9-wicket wins suggesting how good the track here is for chasing. Since this is the 2nd game of the day, the totals could be slightly lower. However, chasing teams continue to be favourite.
Average first innings score: 163 (KPL matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 0
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Abhishek Reddy, CM Gautam (C), Devdutt Padikkal, CA Karthik, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sharath Srinivas, Abrar Kazi, KP Appanna, Bhavesh Gulecha, Prasidh Krishna, Zeeshan A Sayyad.
Bench: Mohammad N Nizar, Suraj Reddy, Ruchir Joshi, Vishnu Priyan, Santok Singh, Gaurav Dhiman, Sharana Basawa
Vinay Sagar (WK), Krishnamurthy Siddharth, Aniruddha Joshi, Manjesh Reddy, Amit Verma (C), Jagadeesha Suchith, Shoaib Manager, P Ventakesh Murthy, Vyshak Vijay Kumar, Kushal Wadhwani.
Bench: Saurabh Yadav, Kishan Bedare, Dega Nischal, Devaiah KS, Sankalp Shettinavar, BU Shivkumar, Ram Sarikh Yadav, Jayesh Babu.
Krishnamurthy Siddharth is going through a purple patch. In the four matches this season, he has two 70-run knocks and two unbeaten 40. Prasidh Krishna is the 2nd leading wicket-taker of the KPL 2019 having picked up seven wickets from five games. His teammate Krishnappa Gowtham is on the top having claimed 15 wickets in only five matches including the record 8-wicket haul. CA Karthik’s performance could vary due to his batting position.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Krishnappa Gowtham, Krishnamurthy Siddharth, CA Karthik
Vice-captain – Devdutt Padikkal, Aniruddha Joshi, Abhishek Reddy
In current form, the two Krishnas – Krishnappa Gowtham and Krishnamurthy Siddharth will be ideal as captain and vice-captain.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Vinay Sagar
Batsmen – Krishnamurthy Siddharth (VC), Abhishek Reddy, Devdutt Padikkal
All-Rounders – Krishnappa Gowtham (C), Jagadeesha Suchith, CA Karthik, Aniruddha Joshi
Bowlers – Prasidh Krishna, Abrar Kazi, Vyshak Vijay Kumar
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Vinay Sagar, CM Gautam
Batsmen – Krishnamurthy Siddharth, Abhishek Reddy, Devdutt Padikkal
All-Rounders – Krishnappa Gowtham, CA Karthik (C), Aniruddha Joshi (VC)
Bowlers – Prasidh Krishna, P Ventakesh Murthy, Vyshak Vijay Kumar
It will be too funky to not pick Krishnappa Gowtham, especially after the recent performance. The all-rounder finally got a chance to showcase his batting skills when he got promoted. He already adds value with his bowling and was the leading wicket-taker even before the 8-wicket haul.
Bellary Tuskers are expected to bag another win before entering playoffs.