HT VS BB Dream11 : Qualification into the top 4 beckons for today’s winners as the Blasters and Hubli Tigers step out to play their final league stage encounter
Week 2 in the Karnataka Premier League 8 brings with it must win encounters as teams look to up the ante with qualification into the semi-finals taking precedence over everything else. Closing day of the league stage encounters brings our way two encounters bearing the same colossal identity, a narrative which is set to enthral us in a riveting brand of cricket today.
Beginning Tuesday’s proceedings in the league will be Bengaluru Blasters and Hubli Tigers with both sides finding themselves out of the top 4 at the moment. However with a win adding two points to the winner’s tally, the side emerging on the greener side of the rub from this one will jump straight into the coveted semi-final spots, a prize which is set to regale us in an edge of the seat thriller.
For last year’s finalists, Bengaluru Bulls, today’s match is more than just making an advent into the semi-finals. A win today would also help them unlock their true potential and overhaul what has been a dismal run of fixtures for them with the side winning just one out of the previous five clashes they have contested in.
It’s been a horrendous outing for their batting order, one which slumped shambolically in their previous encounter as well, falling to just 110 as they were cleaned out by Belagavi Panthers by 8 wickets. Elsewhere Hubli Tigers enter the fray of this match having seen their two wins on the bounce be wrenched by a 9 wicket trashing by Mysuru Warriors who chased down the 152 run target set to the with 5 overs to spare.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
Although this is usual a batting conducive surface, the two afternoon encounters held here till now have seen relatively low scoring encounters with the sun causing the track to open up and expose itself to the spinners. Pace taken off the slow is mightily effective here with the ball gripping onto the surface, stopping before it comes onto the bat to make strokeplay difficult.
The side winning the toss will be electing to field first here.
Probable Playing 11
Rongsen Jonathan (c), Rohan Kadam, KN, V Koushik, Sharath BR (wk), Bharath, Anand Doddamani, Nikin Jose, Rohan Raju, Manoj S Bhandage, Bharath
Mohammed Taha, M Vishwanathan (wk), Luvnith Sisodia, Shishir Bhavane, KL Shrijith, Vinay Kumar (c), Praveen Dubey, Aditya Somanna, David Mathias, Mitrakanth Yadav, Abilash Shetty
Karnataka Premier League
Match: Bengaluru Blasters Vs Hubli Tigers
Date And Time: 27th August, Tuesday- 3:00pm IST
Venue: Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground, Mysore
Where To Watch: Star Sports 3/HD
- Rohan Kadam, V Koushik, Sharath BR , Anand Doddamani
- Shishir Bhavane, KL Shrijith, Vinay Kumar, Mitrakanth Yadav
Top 4 Batting Order
- Rongsen Jonathan, Rohan Kadam, V Koushik, Sharath BR
- Mohammed Taha, M Vishwanathan, Luvnith Sisodia, Shishir Bhavane
- Rongsen Jonathan, Rohan Kadam, V Koushik, Sharath BR
- Mohammed Taha, M Vishwanathan, KL Shrijith, Vinay Kumar
Death Overs Bowlers
- Anand Doddamani, Rohan Raju
- Aditya Somanna, David Mathias
HT VS BB Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
With Hubli Tigers persistently chopping their wicket-keeper slot in a bid to find the right combination, BR Sharath from Bengaluru Blasters is the ideal pick to go with over here. With 125 runs in 5 matches, he’s the side’s top scorer, a fixture which epitomises just how dismal the batting unit has been. If the side are to fare well on the batting side of things, he’s going to have to give a good score again today, something plausible given the identity of the Tigers’ bowling unit.
HT VS BB Dream11 Batsmen
Ever since scoring a half-century for his side against Bijapur Bulls, Mohammad Taha has failed to score runs for Hubli Tigers but with their being a real dearth of viable batting options in the side, we have decided to go ahead with him. We have also opted for KL Shrijith from the side with Hubli Tigers bound to be the more effective batting unit on this track.
Elsewhere from the Blasters we have opted for Nikin Jose as we decide to make a foray into the fray of this encounter with the bare minimum of 3 requisite batting options.
All-Rounders for HT VS BB Dream11
Hubli Tigers dominate this facet of our side again with us getting in the two players from the side. Pacer Vinay Kumar has put in some good performances with both the bat and ball, holding a high position in the batting order along with getting the new ball for his side, something which makes him the ideal all-rounder to indulge in.
Aditya Somanna comes in from the side as well while from the opposition we have decided to get in Manoj Bhandage.
Bowling Order for HT VS BB Dream11
Given the prevelant conditions paired with the dwindling nature of both these batting units, it was only fair for us to incur in four bowlers into our side. We have the two players come in from either side with this bound to be a surface which will massively trouble the batsmen, seeing both the pacers and spinners get their bit out of it.
For the Blasters, this encounter is going to be solely if they can pick up wickets at regular intervals and make early inroads, seeing us indulge in their highest wicket taker, Anand Doddamani who has four wickets till now along with Rohan Raju. Elsewhere we have picked out Hubli Tigers leading wicket taker as well with Mitrakanth Yadav being selected by us.
He has 6 wickets in five encounters, seeing his left arm brand of offspin reap huge rewards in the league and David Matthias will also come in from the side with him.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Sharath is our captain for today while Vinay is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, 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 who are expected to dole out the maximum points.