Who will win Bengaluru Blasters vs Mysuru Warriors, KPL 2019?
Bengaluru Blasters, after falling at the final hurdle last season, are looking to go one better this year in their third Karnataka Premier League campaign. They kick off the 2019 season against Mysuru Warriors at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, on August 16. The live action starts at 19:00 local time.
Mysuru Warriors, the 2014 champions, are one of two of the founder teams still in the competition. The Warriors reached the semi-finals last season and a top-four finish this year would be their third in the last four seasons.
The Blasters beat the Warriors in the semi-finals last season – Arjun Hoysala’s half-century for the Warriors not enough as Shreyas Gopal claimed 3-13 to restrict them to 118/9 in reply to 138/9.
BLB vs MW, KPL 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports
Live streaming: Hotstar
BLB vs MW Toss Prediction
Teams will generally elect to field first in this competition – Mysuru Warriors did that when they last met each other, in last season’s semi-final. Perhaps, then, it is the Blasters’ turn to win the toss.
BLB vs MW Weather Report
Thunderstorms and extremely high humidity could cause problems for this fixture – there is a 35 per cent chance of rain in the evening and there could already have been some rain earlier in the day too.
BLB vs MW Pitch Condition
Unlike a lot of pitches in the area, the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium offers a little more pace and bounce, making it ideal for batting on – particularly when coupled with the size of the boundaries.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Bengaluru Blasters vs Mysuru Warriors, Karnataka Premier League 2019...
Bengaluru Blasters Team News & Playing 11
BLB Team News
Jonathan Rongsen was the Blasters’ most notable draft pick, beating Mysuru Warriors and Bijapur Bulls to sign the top-order Nagaland batsman. They also picked up Naga Bharath for Rs 3.55 lakh. From last year’s team, however, the Blasters no longer have captain Robin Uthappa – who made himself unavailable due to state commitments – and Shreyas Gopal, who went unsold in the auction. Rongsen will captain the team this year, while BR Sharath will be behind the stumps.
BLB Key Players
Rohan Kadam: The left-handed opener has was in top form opening for Karnataka in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He hit 60 from 39 balls in the final and finished the tournament with 536 runs in 12 innings, including five half-centuries.
Doddamani Anand: Retained after taking eight wickets in six appearances in last season’s competition with his slow left-arm bowling.
V Koushik: The medium-pacer was another in good form for Karnataka in this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He took 17 wickets in ten games, with an economy rate of 6.36 runs per over.
BLB Team Form
Bengaluru Blasters won five of their six group games last year at Karnataka Premier League, and then beat Mysuru Warriors by 20 runs in the semi-final – successfully defending 138/9. A batting collapse in the final cost them, however, as they crumbled to 101 all out. The Bijapur Bulls chased that down in 13.5 overs for the loss of just three wickets.
The Warriors picked up some notable players in the auction, including spinner Aniruddha Joshi, though they missed out on Jonathan Rongsen and Pavan Deshpande. Shoaib Manager was another of their big-name buys, while they also used the Right to Match option to re-sign Amit Verma.
MW Key Players
Jagadeesh Suchith: Took two wickets in his only IPL appearance for Delhi Capitals in May, having been part of Karnataka’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy winning team.
Aniruddha Joshi: Mysuru won the bidding war for the big-hitting all-rounder, who scored some useful runs and picked up wickets for Shivamogga in last season’s tournament. His T20 batting strike rate stands at 146.89.
Amit Verma: The Warriors were keen to retain their experienced left-handed batsman, who played for Goa in February’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and hit an unbeaten century against Madhya Pradesh.
MW Team Form
Mysuru Warriors won three and lost three of their group games last season but could not get past Bengaluru Blasters in the semi-finals. They struggled to 118/9 chasing 139 to win, meaning their 2014 title remains their only one, despite being KPL ever-presents.
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
BLB : L W W W W
MW : L L L W W
BLB vs MW Head to Head
Bengaluru Blasters beat Mysuru Warriors twice last season, just two days apart. They ended the group stage with a thrilling two-run win – Doddamani Amand bowling the final over as they defended 148/4. And the Blasters then won the play-off match too, scoring 138/9 and restricting the Warriors to just 118/9 in reply at Mysore.
BLB vs MW Head to Head Stats
Bengaluru Blasters vs Mysuru Warriors Prediction
Bengalur Blasters have not re-signed many from last season at all compared to the Warriors, but last year’s finalists have got strength at the top of the batting order and a strong bowling attack too. They can start with a win.
Final Verdict: Back Bengaluru Blasters to beat Mysuru Warriors.
BLB vs MW Dream11 Prediction
The Blasters have options behind the stumps, with BR Sharath signed as a wicket-keeper and Naga Bharath picked up too. Sharath, who opened for Karnataka in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, could be worth picking up for just eight credits.
Rohan Kadam and Dega Nischal were among the notable additions to each team this season, while Shoaib Manager stuck with the Warriors. Both teams were keen to sign Jonathan Rongsen and he will line up for the Blasters – he is great value at just eight credits.
The all-rounders are where you could end up spending quite a few credits. Aniruddha Joshi was one of the biggest auction buys for the Warriors, while they retained Karnataka’s Jagadeesh Suchith too. Amit Verma is also sticking around after re-signing in the auction. The all-rounders are definitely the Warriors’ strength.
The Blasters’ strength seems to lie in their opening batsmen but also their bowlers. V Koushik is retained after a good Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy campaign with Karnataka while Anand Doddamani has re-signed – his last-over heroics earned victory in one of the meetings between these two last season. Kishore Kamath is another of the Blasters’ bowling options.
Of the three Warriors all-rounders, all of whom could score points with bat and ball, Jagadeesh Suchith is likely to bowl more than bat and Amit Verma the opposite way around. Aniruddha Joshi scored useful runs and picked up wickets last season though. He could be a good pick for captain. Suchith and Joshi are good vice-captain options, as is Rohan Kadam – he was in excellent form for Karnataka earlier this year.