Man of the Match: Aditya Somanna
Bellary Tuskers, Hubli Tigers to square off in grand finale at Mysore!
Our Prediction is Bellary Tuskers to win the match!
Bellary Tuskers will be looking to clinch the coveted prize when they take on Hubli Tigers in the finals of Karnataka Premier League in Mysore on Saturday. Both sides finished the round-robin stages as number one and two on the points table.
The previous meeting between the two teams, Bellary Tuskers registered a narrow win over Hubli Tigers at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. 2016 Champions Bellary Tuskers managed to beat Belagavi Panthers to qualify for the finals of the competition. Captain CM Gautam will be hoping that the side can bring their A-game to the table in order to clinch their second title.
On the other hand, Hubli Tigers delivered an emphatic battling performance to reach the finals for the third in the history of the competition. Two-time Finalists will be looking to deliver their best game with bat and ball in order to win their maiden crown.
Bellary Tuskers outclassed Belagavi Panthers by 37 runs in the Qualifier 1 game, courtesy sublime performances from Captain CM Gautam and left-arm spinner KP Appanna. In the batting department, the team management will be hoping to see the return of form opening batsman Abhishek Reddy, who had a rare failure in an all-important encounter against Belagavi Panthers, but still, then he has accumulated 233 runs in 7 matches at an average of 38.83. He will be looking to deliver a notable score for the side in this grand finale.
Captain CM Gautam delivered a valuable contribution with the bat in the previous game played against Belagavi Panthers and the side will be hoping for a similar kind of performances in the all-important finale. Gautam scored 96 off 63 balls with the help of nine fours and five sixes to help Bellary Tuskers post a mammoth 201 runs on the board. He will be keen to continue his good form with the bat in this final. Middle-order batsman Devdutt Padikkal also has delivered decent performances for the side in this tournament. In the previous game, he failed to get a big score and scored 19 off 16 balls with the help of two boundaries.
All-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham has made crucial contributions with the bat and ball for the side in this year’s competition. He has accumulated 201 runs in 7 innings at an average of 40.20 with one century to his name. Gowtham has also delivered excellent bowling performances for Bellary Tuskers in this year’s competition. He has claimed 20 wickets at an average of 10.50. Karthik CA and Zeeshan Ali Sayeed delivered crucial cameos with the bat in the later stages of the innings. Karthik scored 25 runs off 18 balls with the help of one four and two sixes. Lower-order batsman Zeeshan Ali Sayeed also produced a brisk 32 runs off 9 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Prasidh Krishna, Abrar Kazi and Krishnappa Gowtham to make crucial breakthroughs with the ball in hand. Prasidh Krishna and Abrar Kazi produced tidy spells for the side in the Qualifier 1 game played against Belagavi Panthers.
CM Gautam (captain & wk), Krishnappa Gowtham, Abhishek Reddy, Zeeshan Ali Sayeed, Bhavesh Gulecha, Srinivas Sharath, Karthik CA, KP Appanna, Abrar Kazi, Prasidh Krishna, Devdutt Padikkal
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Abhishek Reddy, Abrar Kazi, KP Appanna, Zeeshan Ali Sayyed, K Gowtham, Bhavesh Gulecha, Srinivas Sharath, Prasidh Krishna, Devdutt Padikal, CA Karthik, Muralidharen Gautam
Hubli Tigers registered an impressive 26-run win against Belagavi Panthers in the Qualifier 2 game, courtesy splendid performances from Mohammed Taha, Aditya Somanna and Praveen Dubey. In the batting department, the team management will be depending on the likes of Mohammed Taha, who is Tiger’s highest run-getter in the competition with 253 runs in 8 matches at an average of 31.62. He is well-supported by middle-order batsman Praveen Dubey who scored 211 runs in 8 matches at an average of 35.16.
In the previous game, Mohammed Taha delivered an exceptional batting performance and finished the innings with the top-score of 63 runs off 44 balls with the help of nine fours and a six. Despite losing Luvnith Sisodia and captain Vinay Kumar, Taha continued to positive against the bowlers and scored his runs at a good rate. KB Pawan and Praveen Dubey also chipped in with crucial scores in this knockout game. Pawan played a fluent inning and scored 31 off 19 balls with the help of four fours and a six. All-rounder Praveen Dubey also chipped in with vital innings to help Hubli Tigers post 154 runs in their allotted 20 overs. He will be keen to do well and deliver a notable score in the finals against Bellary Tuskers.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Aditya Somanna, Abhilash Shetty and Shreyas Gopal to make breakthroughs with the new-ball. In the Qualifier 2 game, Abhilash Shetty was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets to his name. Aditya Somanna, Shreyas Gopal and Praveen Dubey also claimed two wickets against Belagavi Panthers.
Mohammed Taha, Luvnith Sisodia (wk), Vinay Kumar (captain, KB Pawan, Praveen Dubey, David Mathias, KL Shrijith, Shreyas Gopal, Aditya Somanna, Abilash Shetty, Mitrakanth Yadav
KB Pawan, David Mathias, S Gopal, Praveen Dubey, Mohammad Taha, Mitrakanth-Yadav, Abhilash Shetty, Vinay Kumar, Aditya Somanna, Luvnith Sisodia, Shishir Bhavane
The wicket prepared for the final will be excellent for batting. The bowlers will need to bowl in right areas in order to pick wickets on this surface. The weather forecast for the final game to be played on Saturday is expected to have cloudy skies.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put big runs on the board. The last three games played have been won by sides batting first. Venue The finals of Karnataka Premier League between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers will be played at Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground, Mysore. Bellary Tuskers will take heart from the fact they have an excellent head-to-head over Hubli Tigers in the competition.
It is going to be a riveting contest, but expect Bellary Tuskers win this final against Hubli Tigers. The top-order comprising of CM Gautam, Abhishek Reddy and Devdutt Padikkal have shown excellent throughout this competition. All-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham seemed to have found a form with bat and ball at the right time in the tournament.
On the other hand, Hubli Tigers will need to deliver something special with the bat and ball in order to clinch their maiden trophy. Our winning prediction for the day is: Expect Bellary Tuskers to beat Hubli Tigers to lift their second title.