Man of the Match: Nihal Ullal
Hubli Tigers eye a strong start against Shivamogga Lions
Our prediction is Hubli Tigers to win!
Hubli Tigers will be looking to start their campaign on a positive note when they take on Shivamogga Lions in the 2nd match of Karnataka Premier League 2019 at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday. For the opening fixture, Hubli Tigers Captain Vinay Kumar will be hoping that Hubli Tigers can deliver a clinical performance with the bat and ball against Shivamogga Lions. On the other hand, Shivamogga Lions endured their worst-ever campaign in the competition and will be looking to turn their things around in this year’s tournament. In their previous meeting between the two teams last year, Hubli Tigers beat Shivamogga Lions in a game played at KSCA Hubli Cricket Ground in Hubli.
Vinay Kumar-led unit will be keen to get off to a winning start in the competition. Last year, the side missed out on playing in the finals of the competition as they were comprehensively beaten by Bijapur Bills at Mysore. In the batting department, Hubli Tigers will be relying heavily on the likes of Muhammad Taha, Praveen Dubey and Shishir Bhavane to deliver the bulk of the runs in this contest. Last year, opening batsman Muhammad Taha played well and topped the batting charts for Hubli Tigers with 160 runs at an average of 32.00. He struck two half-centuries for the side in the competition.
The team management will be hoping that Muhammad Taha can get a notable score against Shivamogga Lions at Bengaluru. Middle-order batsman Praveen Dubey also chipped in with crucial scores in the competition. He scored 152 runs in 6 matches at an average of 25.33. Dubey will be looking to do well for Hubli Tigers in this year’s competition. Captain Vinay Kumar also had a good tournament with bat and ball last season. He scored 116 runs at an average of 29.00. With the ball in hand, Kumar claimed 6 wickets at a superb economy rate of 5.21 in the competition.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on their captain Vinay Kumar to make early inroads with the new ball. Last year, Mahesh Patel was the standout bowler for Hubli Tigers with 12 wickets to his name. He will be looking to do well for the side in this tournament. Shivil Koushik, David Mathias and Mitrakanth Yadav are other bowling options for the side for this year’s Karnataka Premier League.
Vinay Kumar (captain), Shishir Bhavane, Muhammad Taha, Praveen Dubey, Mahesh Patel, Shivil Koushik, KB Pawan, Abhilash Shetty, Dheeraj Shashidhar, David Mathias, Aditya Somanna.
KB Pawan, Praveen Dubey, Mohammad Taha, Mitrakanth-Yadav, KL Shrijith, Abhilash Shetty, Vinay Kumar, Aditya Somanna, Luvnith Sisodia, Mahesh Patel B M, Shishir Bhavane
The side will be keen to turn things around with bat and ball in this year’s tournament. Pavan Deshpande’s signing will certainly bolster the batting resources for the side for this season. In the batting department, Shivamogga Lions will be depending on the likes of Pavan Deshpande, Pradeep Gangadhar and M Nidhish to deliver the bulk of the runs. Pavan Deshpande played exceedingly well and scored 205 runs in 7 matches at an average of 41.00. Lions will be hoping that Deshpande to score runs with the bat in this year’s competition.
SP Manjunath is another experienced campaigner in the batting department for Shivamogga Lions. Last year, Manjunath struggled to produce runs with the bat and only scored 45 runs in 5 matches at an average of 22.50. He will be looking to deliver runs with the bat for Lions in this year’s competition. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Abhimanyu Mithun, Arjun Hoysala, and Pradeep T to provide crucial breakthroughs with the new ball. Left-arm orthodox Prithviraj Shekawat also bowled well for the side in the competition and claimed 7 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 23.14.
Prithviraj Shekawat, Pavan Deshpande, SP Manjunath, Abhimanyu Mithun, Liyan Khan, K Hoysala, Sharath BR (wk),Pradeep T, Rohit K, Abilash Shetty, Adhoksh Hegde
MD Nidheesh, Pavan Deshpande, Nihal Ullal, Akshay Ballal, Arjun Hoysala, Abhimanyu Mithun, Sujith Gowda, Rishab-Singh, HS Sharath, Prithviraj Shekawat, T Pradeep
The wicket prepared for the game will be excellent for batting. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Saturday is expected to have thunderstorms throughout the day.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. M. Chinnaswammy Stadium in Bengaluru is going to host the second game of Karnataka Premier League between Hubli Tigers and Shivamogga Lions. The Hubli Tigers have an excellent head-to-head against Shivamogga Lions in the competition. Tigers have won all their four games against Lions in the previous editions
After analysis of both the squads, Hubli Tigers will be favorites to win their game against Shivamogga Lions. The likes of Vinay Kumar, Praveen Dubey and Muhammad Taha have done well in the competition in the past. Our winning prediction for the day is: Expect to register a comfortable win over Shivamogga Lions