Bengaluru Blasters will be locking horns with Hubli tigers in match 6 of the ongoing Maharaja T20 Trophy at Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Stadium in Mysore. BB is riding on confidence after their thumping win over Gulbarga Mystics late at night. On another hand, Hubli Tigers suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Mangalore united in their opening match. So yet another interesting game on the cards for fans as BB will like to keep their momentum on their side while HT will be looking to find winning ways.
As mentioned earlier Bengaluru Blasters are riding on their confidence after the victory over Gulbarga Mystics. And as expected their captain Mayank Agarwal is leading from the front with a half-century. His form is crucial for BB to keep the momentum in their favor. They have batted well throughout the tournament and are expected to do the same today as well. The plan is simple just put an effective opening partnership in the powerplay and let the middle order take reins from the openers. They have also bowled well by restrictions GM to modest 135 runs. Every win is important to keep their playoff hopes alive and taking the early lead in the points table will be a huge advantage for any kind of team in a tournament like this.
Hubli tigers led by seasoned campaigner Abhimanyu Mithun lost their opening match against Mangalore United in the opening match of the tournament. Batting first they have only managed to score 119/9 and Mangalore United has scored 114/8 in 16 overs which they have won comfortably by VJD Method. Hubli Tigers will look to bounce back strongly and find winning ways against Bnegalure Blasters today. They need to put up a strong opening partnership which will lay the foundation for the middle-order batsmen to come and express themselves. Also, their bowling unit lacks variation which allows the opponent team to come batter of them. So it is important to keep the tight line and length which allows batsmen to commit errors.
Players to watch out for:
Captain Mayank Agarwal has found form with his breathtaking 25-ball 52 against Gulbarga Mystics and he is expected to repeat the same performance in today’s game as well. His experience and aggressive intent are very much important for BB to keep the momentum in their favor. A good show in this tournament will keep him close to the selector’s radar.
The 32-year-old lanky fast bowler is also the captain of the Hubli Tigers and has not enjoyed a good outing in his last game. He is an experienced campaigner and has played 74T20 games and has taken 69 wickets. He knows how to bounce back strongly and he is expected to do so today. He needs to be in a good rhythm to keep in-form BB batsmen in check.
Pitch looks solid and the ball is expected to come onto the bat nicely. Batsmen can play their shots nicely and bowlers need to be careful especially fast bowlers should make early inroads to put batters under pressure.
The temperature will be around 24-degree Celcius mark and rain is expected to intervene in the match and is expected to play spoilsport.
Expected Playing X1:
LR Chethan (wk), Mayank Agarwal (c), Aneesh KV, Suraj Ahuja, Shivkumar Rakshith, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kranthi Kumar, Kumar LR, Rishi Bopanna, Pradeep T, Ronit More.
Luvnith Sisodia (wk), Naveen MG, BU Shiva Kumar, Liyan Khan, Tushar Singh, Shishir Bhavane, Abhimanyu Mithun (c), Rohan Naveen, Vasuki Koushik, Anand Doddamani, Zahoor Farooqi.
Who will win?
Considering current form and statistics Bengaluru Blasters are expected to take the upper hand and are expected to win the match.