BEN vs KAR Dream 11 Prediction: Bengal take on a star-studded Karnataka side in Semifinal 2
It will be a battle between two heavyweights when Karnataka squares off against Bengal in the 2nd semi-final of the Ranji trophy at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. There is certainly no doubt about the fact that Karnataka will start as favourites especially due to the presence of some star players in their ranks including the likes of KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and Karun Nair.
On the other hand, Bengal will have their work cut out against a strong Karnataka side. They have played an impressive brand of cricket in the tournament so far and will look to come out all guns blazing against a strong Karnataka side who have the presence of some international players in their ranks.
It should be an exciting contest in our hands especially given the fact that both teams have some exceptional talent in their ranks. The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is expected to offer some assistance to both fast bowlers and spinners. Given the home advantage, Bengal should fancy their chances in the semi-final.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
The surface the Eden Gardens is expected to assist the bowlers in the first morning. However, as the match progress, the pitch will become easier for batting and run-scoring shouldn’t be a problem. The team winning the toss might be tempted to bowl.
Probable Playing XI’s
Koushik Ghosh, Abhimanyu Easwaran (c), Abhishek Raman, Arnab Nandi, Manoj Tiwary, Anustup Majumdar, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Mukesh Kumar, Ishan Porel, Nilkantha Das
KL Rahul, Devdutt Padikkal, Karun Nair (C), Manish Pandey, Srinivas Sharath (wk), Jagdeesh Suchith, Krishnamurthy Siddharth, Krishnappa Gowtham, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ronit More, Prasidh Krishna
Semi-Final 2: Bengal vs Karnataka
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date and Time: 29th February, 9:30 AM IST
5 must-have players in the dream XI team
KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Devdutt Padikkal, Ishan Porel, Manoj Tiwary
Dream XI Wicket-keepers
KL Rahul and Shreevats Goswami will be the two wicket-keepers in the dream XI team. Shreevats has been a veteran player for Bengal and he has a good record. The southpaw will look to come good in the big semi-final against a quality Karnataka side.
KL Rahul is a world-class player and will be one of the most important players in the dream XI team. He has been in sensational form in the limited-overs format and will look to get some runs under his belt in an all-important clash.
Dream XI Batsmen
Devdutt Padikal and Karun Nair will be the first two batsmen in our dream XI team. Padikal has been an impressive young player who has burst onto the scene with his power-packed batting. On the other hand, Karun Nair is a class player and will look to make some runs in the all-important clash. Nair hasn’t been in the best of touches in the recent past but comes the big day, he will look to come out all guns blazing.
Manoj Tiwary and Manish Pandey will be the next two batsmen in our dream XI team. Manoj Tiwary is having a phenomenal season so far and will look to continue the good work in the big match. On the other hand, Manish Pandey is an exceptional talent and will look to come good for his team.
Dream XI All-rounders
Krishnappa Gowtham and Shahbaz Ahmed will be the two all-rounders in our team. Gowtham has bagged 28 wickets in the last 5 matches and will look to spin a web around the Bengal batters. He is an exceptional striker with the bat and will look to make some vital contribution in the lower order.
Shahbaz is going through a purple patch with both bat and the ball. He came up with exceptional all-round performances in the last two matches and scored twin half-centuries against Odisha and bagged 11 wickets against Punjab.
Dream XI Bowlers
Ishan Porel, Nilkantha Das and Prasidh Krishna will be the three bowlers in our dream XI team. Porel is a fine customer and will look to trouble the star-studded Karnataka batting line-up in the first few overs.
Nilkantha Das is an impressive young player and so is Prasidh Krishna. Both have done a great job for their respective teams and will look to make an impact to help their team reach the final of the Ranji Trophy.
Captain and Vice-captain
KL Rahul will be the captain of the day while Shahbaz Ahmed will be the vice-captain.
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Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.