Bengaluru Blasters are all set to take on Mangalore United in the 9th match of the ongoing Maharaja T20 Trophy 2022 in Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Stadium in Mysore at 3 PM today. After thumping wins in the first two encounters BB has lost against the Hubli Tigers and Mangalore United is coming into this match without any loss. So they will be riding on the confidence. At the same time, Bengaluru Blasters will look to get back to winning ways. So it’s going to be yet another interesting encounter between both sides.
Captain Mayank Agarwal is in fine touch with the bat and he is ably supported by his batting counterparts. Batting has been their strength so far in the contest and barring the last game which was interrupted by rain their bowlers are also having a decent outing. Hence it’s not tough for them to back to winning ways and it’s time for senior-pro Jagadeesha Suchith to start performing. He is a hard-hitting bowling all-rounder and has very normal outing in the last three games.
Mangalore United has been the team to watch out for this tournament. They have won all the games in their previous outing and will look to repeat the same which will help them to seal the play-off spot without any hurdles. Mangalore United is a well-balanced outfit and has got in-form players. Their openers Abinav Manohar and R Samarth are in fine form with the bat which helps them to put up a strong total.
Players to watch out for:
Bengaluru Blasters: Mayank Agarwal:
It seems Mayank Agarwal has found his lost touch with this tournament. He has been in scintillating form and has already got a 25-ball 52 under his belt. He will look to repeat the same kinds of performances which will help him to boost his confidence in further tournaments.
Mangalore United: Abinav Manohar
Abinav Manohar has been in fine form with the bat. The opener has given traffic starts for Mangalore United till then. He has also got IPL experience under his belt so he will look to put up a strong performance to cement his place in both Karnataka white-ball Team and his IPL Franchise.
The pitch at Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Stadium is so far good for batting and is expected to repeat the same in today’s encounter as well. Chasing could be the ideal option for both teams and you can expect turn and bounce in the second innings. So spinners might prove effective in the second innings.
No heavy rains are expected so you can expect the full match without any weather issues. The temperature is like to be around 30 degrees Celcius.
Expected Playing XI:
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shivkumar Rakshith, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kranthi Kumar, Rishi Bopanna, Kumar LR, Pradeep T, Ronit More, LR Chethan (wk), Aneesh KV, Suraj Ahuja.
Ravikumar Samarth (c), Macneil Hadley Noronha, Nikin Jose, Sujay Sateri (wk), Muralidhara Venkatesh, Vijaykumar Vyshak, HS Sharath, Rohit Kumar, Abhinav Manohar, Amit Verma, Aneeshwar Gautam.
Who will win?
It’s tough to predict as both the teams are performing extremely well and are well-balanced outfits. But considering the team combination and form, Bengaluru Blasters are expected to emerge victorious.