Man of the Match: Devdutt Padikal
Hubli Tigers eye a strong comeback against Bellary Tuskers
Our Prediction is Bellary Tuskers to win!
Bellary Tuskers will be looking to carry the momentum forward when they will face Hubli Tigers in the 6th match of the Karnataka Premier League played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday.
When the last time both side met last year, the game ended in no result due to torrential rains. Bellary Tuskers managed to register a close win over Belagavi Panthers in their opening fixture, courtesy Devdutt Padikkal’s blazing 54. Captain CM Gautam will be hoping that side can maintain their good form in this contest.
On the other hand, Hubli Tigers will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing their game to Shivamogga Lions. Skipper Vinay Kumar will be hoping that side can make a strong comeback in this fixture.
Since the inception of Karnataka Premier League, Hubli Tigers have an excellent record against Bellary Tuskers and managed to win four matches out of five in the competition. 2016 was last time Bellary Tuskers registered a win over Hubli Tigers in the Karnataka Premier League.
Last year’s semifinalists lost their opening fixture to Shivamogga Lions and will need to put in an improved performance with bat and ball against Bellary Tuskers. The side led by Vinay Kumar will need to bring their A-game to the table in a bid to register their first win of the competition.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Mohammed Taha, KB Pawan, and KL Shrijith to deliver the bulk of runs in this game. Opening batsman Mohammed Taha failed to capitalize on his good start and perished after scoring 18 off 23 balls with the help of two boundaries. KB Pawan was the standout performer with the bat for Hubli Tigers in their opening fixture. He played exceedingly well and scored 53 off 37 balls with the help of 7 fours and a six. Pawan put on a 54-run partnership with Shrijith in order to revive Hubli Tigers innings. Shrijith played a supporting role to Pawan and chipped in with 33 of 29 balls with the help of one four and one six.
In the bowling department, the new-ball pair of Vinay Kumar and Aditya Somanna will be keen to make early inroads for the side in this contest. Somanna bowled well and finished with figures of one for 26 from his three overs. Left-arm orthodox spinner Mitrakanth Yadav was the standout performer and finished with figures of two for 26 from his four overs in the opening game played against Shivamogga Lions.
Vinay Kumar (captain), KB Pawan, Shishir Bhavane, Praveen Dubey, Aditya Somanna, Mohammed Taha, Mitrakanth Yadav, KL Shrijith, Luvnith Sisodia (wk), Abilash Shetty, Mahesh Patel
KB Pawan, M Vishwanathan, David Mathias, Praveen Dubey, Mohammad Taha, Mitrakanth-Yadav, KL Shrijith, Vinay Kumar, Aditya Somanna, Vidhyadhar Patil, Luvnith Sisodia
On the other hand, Bellary Tuskers will be keen to continue their good form in this contest as well.In their opening match, Bellary Tuskers register a narrow 5-run win even after scoring a modest 144 runs while batting first. Opener Karthik CA will be desperate to get runs in this game after scoring just 7 in the opening game played against Belagavi Panthers.
In the previous game, Abhishek Reddy played well and scored 35 off 33 balls with the help of five boundaries. The side will be hoping that Reddy can continue his good form with the bat in the next couple of matches. Devdutt Padikkal was the standout performer with the bat in the game played against Belagavi Panthers. He scored 54 off 43 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. Padikkal will need to produce more of the same with the bat in this fixture. Captain and wicket-keeper batsman CM Gautam played well and chipped in with 27 off 25 balls with the help of two sixes.
Prasidh Krishna and Krishnappa Gowtham delivered an impressive performance with the new-ball against Belagavi Panthers. The duo picked up four wickets between them against Panthers.KP Appanna and Bhavesh Gulecha also bowled well and picked up crucial wickets for Bellary Tuskers in the opening game played against Belagavi Panthers.
Devdutt Padikkal, Abhishek Reddy, CM Gautam (captain & wk), Srinivas Sharath, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karthik CA, Abrar Kazi, Zeeshan Ali Sayeed, Bhavesh Gulecha, Prasidh Krishna, KP Appanna
Muralidharen Gautam, Devdutt Padikal, Abrar Kazi, K Gowtham, Abhishek Reddy, Zeeshan Ali Sayyed, Bhavesh Gulecha, Prasidh Krishna, Vishnu Priyam, CA Karthik, KP Appanna
The wicket prepared for the game will be decent for batting. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Monday is expected to have scattered thunderstorms throughout the day.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to win the toss and bat first. The spinners will get some kind of assistance from the surface. Venue M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru will host the sixth game between Hubli Tigers and Bellary Tuskers.
Bellary Tuskers will fancy their chances of beating Hubli Tigers in this contest. With the top-order showing excellent form and bowlers delivering exceptional performance, Tuskers will try to continue their winning momentum in the competition.
Our winning prediction for the day is Bellary Tuskers to beat Hubli Tigers!