The second season of the Legends League Cricket 2023 will begin with a repeat of the last edition’s final. Defending champions India Capitals will lock horns with Bhilwara Kings on Saturday, November 18, at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, in Ranchi.
The Capitals will be led once again by talismanic captain Gautam Gambhir. Munaf Patel, who was a part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning team alongside Gambhir, is also a part of the Capitals squad. Legendary South African batter Hashim Amla is also in the team. The overseas fast-bowling contingent looks quite decent, with the likes of Fidel Edwards, Dilhara Fernando, and Rusty Theron in the side. Ashley Nurse and Pravin Tambe are expected to handle the spin-bowling department. Former India player Ishwar Pandey is also in the lineup.
The Bhilwara Kings will once again be led by Irfan Pathan. Former Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan and flamboyant West Indies batter Lendl Simmons are expected to open the innings. Yusuf Pathan has played some destructive innings in this tournament in the past and he will be one of the players to watch out for in the middle overs. Ryan Sidebottom and Dhammika Prasad could take the new ball, while Rahul Sharma and Iqbal Abdulla are expected to start as the frontline spinners.
IC vs BHK Match Details
|Particulars||Match||Venue||Date & Time||Live Broadcast and Streaming Details|
|Details||India Capitals vs Bhilwara Kings, Legends League Cricket 2023||JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi||Saturday, November 18, 7:00 PM||Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar app and website, and FanCode|
JSCA International Stadium Complex Pitch Report:
The JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi is a venue where batters have generally enjoyed their time in the middle. 196/6 is the highest first-inning total scored at this venue in international cricket. Spinners have received assistance from the surface, especially in the latter half of games.
IC vs BHK Head-to-Head
|Matches Played||India Capitals won||Bhilwara Kings won||N/R|
Probable Playing XI:
Gautam Gambhir (C), Hashim Amla, Kirk Edwards, Morne van Wyk (WK), Ben Dunk, Ashley Nurse, Ricardo Powell, Pravin Tambe, Fidel Edwards, Munaf Patel, Ishwar Pandey
Lendl Simmons, Tillakaratne Dilshan, William Porterfield, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan (C), Pinal Shah (WK), Christopher Barnwell, Iqbal Abdulla, Rahul Sharma, Ryan Sidebottom, Dhammika Prasad
Probable Top Performers from IC vs BHK
Probable Best Batter: Yusuf Pathan
The Baroda all-rounder finished as the highest run-getter last season. In nine games, he amassed 278 runs at an average of 39.71 and a strike rate of 173.75. Yusuf’s ability to clear the longest of boundaries with sheer ease makes him a huge threat for opposition bowlers. If the 41-year-old can replicate the form he showed last year, fans are going to be in for a treat.
Probable Best Bowler: Pravin Tambe
Pravin Tambe was the standout bowler in the previous edition of the LLC. He finished as the joint-highest wicket-taker with 11 scalps from six games at an average of 14. The 52-year-old has the ability to pick wickets in the middle overs and stem the flow of runs. He will be a bowler to watch out for.
Today’s Match Prediction: Bhilwara Kings to win the match
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Disclaimer: The prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.