Karnataka and Sikkim will take on each other in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022 Group B encounter at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 21. Both teams have had contrasting runs in the season with Sikkim yet to bag a point while Karnataka have been consistently winning games.
However, the Mayank Agarwal-led-side suffered a surprising defeat against Assam in the previous game and they will be looking to turn the table around. Nikin Jose’s century was not enough as the bowlers failed to get enough breakthroughs. Karnataka are now at the second position in the points table with four wins in five games.
On the other hand, Sikkim has had a disappointing campaign and are yet to put up a notable performance in the season. It is going to be tough work for them against the mighty Karnataka side.
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date & Time: November 21, 08:30 AM IST
Live Streaming: Fan Code
The Eden Gardens in Kolkata usually assists the spinners quite well and the same could be expected in the upcoming fixture. Both teams will be looking to stack up their bowling department with spinners while the skipper winning the toss will be looking to bat first and defend scores.
Probable Playing XI for KAR vs SIK:
Mayank Agarwal (c), Ravikumar Samarth, Nikin Jose, Manish Pandey, Nihal Ullal (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Vasuki Koushik, Manoj Bhandage, Ronit More, Muralidhara Venkatesh
Nilesh Lamichaney, Anwesh Sharma, Ashish Thapa (c), Chitiz Tamang (wk), Sumit Singh, Palzor Tamang, Pankaj Rawat, Ankur Malik, Lee Yong Lepcha, Md Saptulla, Akash Luitel
Probable Best Performers from KAR vs SIK:
Probable best batter: Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey has played some useful innings for Karnataka in this season and has scored 201 runs in five innings with an average of over 50. The right-hander is quite experienced now and he remained unbeaten on 58 off 64 balls in the previous game against Assam. He will fancy his chances to perform against Sikkim in the upcoming fixture.
Probable best bowler: V Koushik
Vasuki Koushik has been Karnataka’s best bowler in the season without a doubt and has already picked up 11 wickets in the five innings. The 30-year-old bowled an economical spell in the previous game despite the loss and will be looking to continue his good work.
Today’s Match Prediction: Karnataka to win the match