BIJ vs BB Dream11 : Last year’s finalists clash heads against each other once again today as Bengaluru Blasters look to avenge their dejecting defeat in the summit clash
The last team to make an advent in the eighth edition of the Karnataka Premier League, reigning champions Bijapur Bulls square off against Bengaluru Bulls in the second encounter of the day today. Looking to reaffirm their credentials as firm favourites for the title, Bijapur Bulls look to continue their dominance over Bengaluru Blasters after trouncing them in last year’s summit clash.
For Bengaluru Blasters, that result was a particularly chastening one as the side were bundled out for a paltry score, one Bijapur Bulls needed just three wickets to ease past as they went onto win their second KNP title. Today’s encounter brings with it the chance for Bengaluru Blasters to avenge that defeat as they look to play their first full encounter in the league today.
Contesting in the league opener a couple of days back when they faced off against Mysuru Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls were unfortunate to find themselves on the wrong end of incessant rainfall. Playing 13 overs while batting first, Bengaluru Bulls were in a strong position of 88-3 before rain ended up hampering the encounter, seeing it end without a result.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
Despite the average score while batting first being 164 on this wicket, the incessant rainfall has massively deterred batsmen from coming out and cuing the ball to perfection. The slight wetness left on the surface has seen the ball grip and frisk around for the pacers, making batting treacherous in the opening exchanges of matches.
Overall though, this is still a wicket where anything 160 while batting first is easily achievable and the side winning the toss will be opting to bat first.
Probable Playing 11
Sharath BR (WK), Rohan Kadam, Nikin Jose, Rongsen Jonathan (C), Naga Bharath, Manoj Bhandage, Bharath Dhuri, V Koushik, Rohan Raju, Bharath Devaraj, Anand Doddamani
Bharath Chipli (C), KC Cariappa, Prateek Jain, Bhareth NP, Naveen MG, SL Akshay, Rajoo Bhatkal, BA Mohit (WK), Suneel Raju, Pranav Bhatia, Liyan Khan
Karnataka Premier League
Match: Bengaluru Blasters vs Bijapur Bulls
Date And Time: 18th August, Sunday- 7:00pm IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Top 4 Batting Order
- Sharath BR, Rohan Kadam, Nikin Jose, Rongsen Jonathan
- Bharath Chipli, KC Cariappa, Prateek Jain, Bhareth NP
- Sharath BR, Rohan Kadam
- Bharath Chipli, KC Cariappa
Death Overs Bowlers
- V Koushik, Anand Doddamani
- Suneel Raju, Pranav Bhatia
Wicket-Keeper for BIJ vs BB Dream11
Bengaluru Blasters’ BR Sharath is our pick for this one. He didn’t get runs in the first match but with him bearing a price tag of just 8 credits and hold a role in the opening slot for his side, the wicket-keeper offers immense value to our side.
Batsmen for BIJ vs BB Dream11
Continuing with the picks from the Blasters and we have their second opener, Rohan Kadam also being selected by us. After scoring 700 plus runs in the bygone Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he scored 23 in the league opener as well and is someone who is set to score good runs for his outfit this season.
Bating on 28 before rain hovered over the match and decided to wreck havoc on proceedings sees Nikin Jose come into our side as well while from the opposition we have picked out their captain, Bharat Chipli for this fixture long with Raju Bhatkal.
All-Rounders for BIJ vs BB Dream11
With 8 wickets in 6 encounters along with some runs with the bat as well, KC Cariappa is our first pick from Bijapur Bulls for this match. The real instrumental players and talismen for the current champions lie in this facet, players who were pivotal for the side’s consummate success in the previous campaign.
With 356 runs and 21 wickets in 21 encounters we have also picked up Gneshwar Naveen from the side while from Bengaluru Blasters we have middle-order batsman Manoj Bhandage come in as the only player given his ability to find the boundary in the death overs.
Bowling Order for BIJ vs BB Dream11
The one thing which is a certainty for today’s encounter is the fact that wickets will tumble on this wicket, not only due to the overcast conditions but also due to this being the second encounter being contested here on the day. The surface will massively break up in the second part of the encounter, offering huge purchase to the slower bowlers which see us opt for SL Akshay and Prateek Jain from Bijapur Bulls.
Pacer V Koushik from Blasters completes our set of picks for this match.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Naveen has been chosen as our captain for today while Kadam will be the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report 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.