Panthers and Lions on a battle for the play-off stage!
Our Prediction is Belagavi Panthers to win!
The tournament moves to Mysore as teams look to secure themselves a place in the top 4 and thus an entry into the next stage of the tournament. Both teams come into the Mysore leg of the tournament with contrasting fortunes and results from their last game. The Belagavi Panthers so far had a disappointing campaign without a win until their last game. However, all that changed in their last game when they produced a clinical all round performance to thrash Bengaluru Blasters and pick up their first win of the tournament.
Things were going smoothly for the Shivamogga Lions with no losses in the tournament before they came up against the Bellary Tuskers in their last game. They were handed a brutal reality check at the hands of Krishnappa Gowtham who scored a century and picked up 8 wickets and ensured the Lions had their first defeat of the tournament. Both teams will look to win this game and position themselves with a chance to move forward in the tournament.
The Belagavi Panthers fortunes have changed ever since the arrival of their captain Manish Pandey who has looked like a man on a mission with a hundred and a fifty in two games. The Panthers are now back into consideration for a slot in the next stage of the tournament. They will be looking to continue their momentum against Shivamogga Lions, one of the form teams in the tournament.
Manish Pandey: The classy right-hander came into the tournament late but has already lit up the tournament in the first two innings he has batted. A century and a half-century in two games have meant that the Panthers batting has looked formidable and on course to make that final push to qualify for the next stage of the tournament. He will be looking to produce similar performances and will expect better support from his teammates in the upcoming games.
Shubang Hegde: The young allrounder who’s looking to make it to the U19 Indian world cup squad will look to see this tournament as an opportunity to show his potential. He was retained by the Belagavi Panthers and is slowly coming into his own in this year’s tournament. The left-hander will have to play a major role in shoring up the Belagavi bowling attack and pick up important wickets. The team will also expect a quick cameo from him when the situation demands.
Ravikumar Samarth, Dikshanshu Negi, Shubang Hegde, Manish Pandey(c), Mir Kaunain Abbas(w), Abhinav Manohar, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Ritesh Bhatkal, Avinash D, Darshan MB, Zahoor Farooqui
KB Pawan, David Mathias, S Gopal, Praveen Dubey, Mohammad Taha, Mitrakanth-Yadav, KL Shrijith, Abhilash Shetty, Vinay Kumar, Aditya Somanna, Luvnith Sisodia
The Shivamogga Lions who were sitting mighty at the top of the table were brought to their knees by an out of the world assault from Krishnappa Gowtham (Bellary Tuskers) who scored a century and picked up 8 wickets to hand the Lions their first loss of the tournament. They will look to shake off the horror memories from their previous game and win this game to ensure a place in the next stage.
Pavan Deshpande: The lanky left-hander who was the highest-paid player in this year’s auction has proven his worth for the Shivamogga Lions in this tournament with useful contributions with both bat and ball. The Lions will expect him to take charge of the batting order and lend a sense of calm in the middle overs and also to get crucial breakthroughs with his off-spin. The player who has also been part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad will be looking to continue his good form for the rest of the tournament.
Abhimanyu Mithun: The experienced fast bowler was bought by the Shivamogga Lions in this year’s auction and was made the captain of the franchisee. The former India international will have a big job to get his players to forget about the last game where they were completely annihilated and make them look forward to the next game. He has to lead the team from the front with his bowling and along with Pradeep and Sharath need to pick up wickets early in the powerplay overs to ensure opposition batsmen don’t get away.
Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal(w), M Nidhish, Pavan Deshpande, Akshay Ballal, Abhimanyu Mithun(c), HS Sharath, S P Manjunath, Rohit K, Prithviraj Shekawat, Pradeep T
V Koushik, Kuldeep Kumar, Anand Doddamani, Rohan Kadam, Krishna Pandey, Kishore Kamath, Bharath Dhuri, Manoj Bhandge, Rongsen Jonathan, BR Sharath, Rohan Raju
This is going to be the first game at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground in Mysore. So it will be interesting to see how the pitch behaves and whether it will assist the bowlers. Because it is a fresh pitch and there are going to be quite a few games played in the next few days, we can expect a slightly fresh pitch with some initial assistance to the bowlers. There is rain expected on Sunday and a possibility that the games might have to be shortened and the VJD method coming into play.
The first game of this year’s edition at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground in Mysore promises to be an interesting one. There is always a good amount of crowd for games at this stadium and it should be no different for this game. It needs to be seen as to how the drainage facilities and the ground staff will perform as there are predictions of rain interrupting games.
The first match of this year’s tournament at a new venue and a fresh pitch would mean the captain winning the toss will be looking forward to bowl first and take stock of how the pitch behaves. The captains will also be wanting to provide their bowlers an opportunity to use the pitch when it offers them the most assistance. Also, the possibility of rain means that the team batting second will have an advantage in a shortened game.
Both teams come into this match with a need to win, but for very contrasting reasons. The Belagavi Panthers who have just won a game will need to win to ensure they keep their hopes for the next stage alive whereas Shivamogga Lions will be hoping to win and bury the memories from their previous performance. The game promises to be an exciting contest with two evenly matched teams.
However, with the chance of rain and a shortened play, the strong and lengthy batting lineup of the Belagavi Panthers led by their captain Manish Pandey make them the favorites for the win!