Man of the Match: Mohammad Taha
Can the Panthers make use of the second chance?
Our prediction is Hubli Tigers will win the match!
The playoff method in the KPL2019 will give Belagavi Panthers a second shot at the qualification to finals. And they are rewarded for their consistent and top performance in the league stages. They lost to the Bellary Tuskers in the Qualifier 1 and will now take on the winner of the eliminator game. Hubli Tigers defeated the Shivamogga Lions in the eliminator game to qualify for this game. Hubli Tigers have now won 4 out of their last 5 matches and is building up momentum going into the business end of the tournament. Hubli Tigers and Belagavi Panthers will give their best in this match to book their ticket to the KPL2019 finals.
Belagavi Panthers came back strongly in the second half of the league stages, but their winning 3-match streak came to a halt against Bellary Tuskers in the qualifiers 1. Abhinav Manohar played a fighting knock of 64 runs in the huge chase of 201 runs. Stallion Hoover and Avinash D scored some vital runs with their cameos but they were not enough to threaten the chase. They were comfortably beaten by a margin of 37 runs.
The Panthers bowling unit was taken for a lot of runs in the first innings. Shubang Hedge was the only economical bowler with match figures of 4-0-22-0 but failed to take wickets. Pacers Zahoor Farooqui and Avinash D took 2 wickets each but ended up conceding over 100 runs in their combined 8 overs. They failed to control the Tuskers Batter`s and ended up giving away 200+ runs in the important clash.
A Manohar – Manohar has scores of 22*, 42* & 62* in the last three matches he batted and all the knocks came in a chase. Manohar`s ability to play a good inning in the chase will be a vital factor if they bat second in this match.
Shubhang Hedge – S Hedge has been their most consistent bowler for Panthers team with good economical spells of 0/19, 2/17 & 0/22 in the last three matches and he completed his quota of 4 overs in all the matches.
Ravikumar Samarth, Stallin Hoover, Abhinav Manohar, Mir Kaunain Abbas (c & wk), Ritesh Bhatkal, Dikshanshu Negi, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Darshan MB, Zahoor Farooqui, Shubang Hegde, Avinash D
Shreesha AS, Zahoor Farooqui, Shubang Hegde, Ravikumar Samarth, Abhinav Manohar, Kaunain Abbas, D Avinash, AS Brar, Ritesh Bhatkal, Stallin Hoover, MB Darshan
Hubli Tigers are the in-form team winning four of their last 5 matches. They put a massive score of 190 runs on board against the Shivmamogga Lions in the eliminator match. Skipper Vinay Kumar is on a purple patch with the bat scoring 81 & 56 in the last two do-or-die matches. KB Pawan too played a responsible innings scoring his first fifty of this season in the last match.
Mohmammed Taha set up the innings with his quickfire knock of 41 runs off just 22 balls in the powerplay overs. Praveen Dubey finished the innings with a flourish with his 8-ball 23. Abilash Reddy and Mitrakanth Yadav took 3 wickets each and never allowed any big partnership to bloom for the Shivamogga Lions. Aditya Somanna too came up with a good spell of 4-1-30-2 in the middle overs. David Mathias and Shreyas Gopal had an off-day going for a lot of runs.
Mohammed Taha – Mohammed Taha is starting the Tigers innings with a bang with his knocks of 22-ball 41 & 31-ball 48 in the last two games. He is taking advantage of the field restrictions in the powerplay and is straightway pushing the opposition on the back foot.
Mitrakanth Yadav – Mitrakanth Yadav has taken 5 wickets in the last three matches at an economy of below 5 RPO. He takes wickets consistently at the top and is also bowling economically in the powerplay overs.
Mohammed Taha, Luvnith Sisodia (wk), Vinay Kumar (c), KB Pawan, KL Shrijith, Praveen Dubey, Shreyas Gopal, Aditya Somanna, David Mathias, Abilash Shetty, Mitrakanth Yadav
KB Pawan, David Mathias, S Gopal, Praveen Dubey, Mohammad Taha, Mitrakanth-Yadav, KL Shrijith, Abhilash Shetty, Vinay Kumar, Aditya Somanna, Luvnith Sisodia
Mysuru pitch is a good batting pitch and teams are scoring runs with ease. Teams batting first have scored over 190 runs in both the Qualifier 1 and eliminator matches. We can expect an average score in the ranges of 180-200 runs in this pitch easily. The weather gods have sparred the matches at Mysuru and we can expect clear skies in this match too.
Teams will be looking to put a good score on board and pressurize the opposition the chase. Chasing becomes difficult in the big matches as the scoreboard pressure mounts.
Belagavi Panthers lack the solidity in their batting order with the absence of their regular skipper Manish Pandey and their bowling unit is struggling to contain the batsmen on a consistent basis.
Hubli Tigers have a stable batting line-up with 4-5 batsmen contributing to the score and they too an inconsistent bowling unit with 2-3 bowlers leaking runs. We expect Hubli Tigers win this match and progress to the finals.