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IC vs BLK, Legends League Cricket Qualifier 1 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: India Capitals vs Bhilwara Kings, Legends League Cricket, Qualifier 1 (IC vs BLK)

Date: October 2, Sunday, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Barkatullah Khan Stadium, Jodhpur

India Capitals will lock horns with Bhilwara Kings in Qualifier 1 of Legends League 2022 at the Barkatullah Khan Stadium in Jodhpur. India Capitals topped the points table at the end of the league stage with three wins in six games. However, they come into this fixture on the back of a loss at the hands of Manipal Tigers in the previous game. They did well with the bat, but the bowlers were unable to defend the target.

Batting first, the Capitals scored 183 for 2 in 20 overs. Hamilton Masakadza, Dinesh Ramdin and Ross Taylor scored a half century each. However, Ricardo Powell powered the Tigers to a successful run chase. The opener scored 96 runs off just 54 balls at a strike rate of over 180 to lay the foundation for the run-chase.

Bhilwara Kings, on the other hand, finished second in the points table at the end of the league stage. They played their last game against Gujarat Giants and won by five wickets. Batting first, the Parthiv Patel-led side scored 186 for 7 in 20 overs after Chris Gayle and Yashpal Singh scored half centuries. However, their bowlers could not defend the target as the Kings, helped by significant contributions from most of their batsman, chased down the target in 19.4 overs.

Ahead of Qualifier 1 of the 2022 edition for the Legends League Cricket, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for IC vs BLK, Legends League Cricket

Going by how the last two games of the tournament panned out at the Barkatullah Khan Stadium, the pitch is batting friendly. A total of 187 was chased down by the Bhilwara Kings against Gujarat Giants, while Manipal Tigers chased down 184 against the India Capitals. Since both the games were won by teams chasing the target, the captain winning the toss might opt to bowl first.

The weather in Jodhpur during the evening will be pleasant with no chance of rain. The temperature will fluctuate between 28 to 32 degrees Celsius.

India Capitals team news and predicted XI

Team news: The Gautam Gambhir-led India Capitals finished the league stage at the top of the points table. However, they come into this fixture on the back of a 3-wicket loss in their last league game. Hamilton Masakadza is the top-run scorer for the Capitals while Pravin Tambe is the top wicket-taker.

Squad: Gautam Gambhir (C), Liam Plunkett, Rajat Bhatia, Hamilton Masakadza, Mashrafe Mortaza, John Mooney, Ravi Bopara, Pravin Tambe, Denesh Ramdin, Asghar Afghan, Mitchell Johnson, Prosper Utseya, Ross Taylor, Jacques Kallis, Ajantha Mendis and Pankaj Singh.

Predicted XI: Gautam Gambhir (c), Hamilton Masakadza, Jacques Kallis, Asghar Afghan, Ravi Bopara, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Rajat Bhatia, Liam Plunkett, Mashrafe Mortaza, Pravin Tambe

Bhilwara Kings team news and predicted XI

Team news: The Bhilwara Kings finished at the second spot in the points table and come into the Qualifier 1 after defeating Gujarat Giants by five wickets. Yusuf Pathan is their top run-scorer as well as their top wicket-taker.

Squad: Harbhajan Singh (C), Brett Lee, Mohammed Kaif, Muttiah Muralitharan, Darren Sammy, Phil Mustard (Wk), Ryan Sidebottom, Corey Anderson, Lance Klusener, Imran Tahir, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Romesh Kaluwithrana (Wk), Reetinder Sodhi, Parvinder Awana, VRV Singh

Predicted XI: Phil Mustard (wk), Romesh Kaluwitharana, Corey Anderson, Mohammad Kaif, Darren Sammy, Dimitri Mascarenhus, Lance Klusener, Harbhajan Singh (c), Ryan Sidebottom, Imran Tahir, Parwinder Awana

Head to head record

This will be the second time both the teams will meet in this season of the tournament. When they earlier met on September 1, the Capitals won by a big margin of 78 runs. A 38-ball 82 by Solomon Mire took them to a total of 198 for 5, after which they bowled out the opponents for just 120 runs. Pankaj Singh, Pravin Tambe and Rajat Bhatia picked up two wickets each.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for IC vs BLK, Legends League Cricket

Pravin Tambe: bowler, India Capitals

Pravin Tambe is currently the leading wicket taker in the tournament with 9 wickets in 5 games, including the best figures of 3/28. The veteran bowler will be the key bowler for the Capitals in the Qualifier 1.  

Solomon Mire – batsman, India Capitals

Solomon Mire is the second leading run-scorer for the Capitals with 161 runs in 5 innings at a strike rate of over 170. He was the best performer for his in the earlier fixture against the Kings, in which he scored a knock of 82. The former Zimbabwe international played nine T20Is from which he scored 253 runs at an average of 31.62 and strike rate of almost 130.

Hamilton Masakadza – batsman, India Capitals

Hamilton Masakadza is the top run-scorer for the India Capitals. In five games so far, he has scored 233 runs at an average of 58.25 and a strike rate of 158.50. In the earlier fixture against the Kings, the top order batsman scored 48 runs. Masakadza played 66 T20Is for Zimbabwe, from which he scored 1662 runs at an average of over 25.

Yusuf Pathan – all-rounder, Bhilwara Kings

Yusuf Pathan, with 153 runs and even wickets, has been the best performer for the Kings. In the last game, he scored 39 off 18 and also took 2 wickets.

William Porterfield – batsman, Bhilwara Kings

William Porterfield has scored 136 runs in 4 innings at a strike rate of 140.20. In his most recent outing, he scored 40 off 37.

MPL fantasy XI – IC vs BLK, Legends League Cricket

Wicketkeepers: D Ramdin

Batters: H Masakadza, R Taylor, W Porterfield

All-Rounders: Y Pathan (VC), S Watson (C), A Nurse, J Karia

Bowlers: L Plunkett, F Edwards, P Tambe

IC vs BLK – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Legends League Cricket 2022 will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST on October 2.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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