Man of the Match: KB Pawan
Hubli Tigers and Shivamogga Lions face off in Eliminator game at Mysore!
Our Prediction is Hubli Tigers to win the Eliminator match!
Hubli Tigers and Shivamogga Lions will lock horns in the eliminator game of 2019 Karnataka Premier League in Mysore on Thursday.
Hubli Tigers completed a comfortable win over Bengaluru Blasters to secure their playoff berth in the competition. Vinay Kumar-led unit finished third in the league table in the preliminary stages with six points in six matches. The side will be looking to produce their best cricket with the bat and ball in a bid to go the distance in this year’s competition.
On the other hand, Shivamogga Lions have now lost three games in a row and will need to make amends for their mistakes made in the previous game. Lions will need to play exceedingly well with bat and ball in order to beat Hubli Tigers in this knockout game. In the previous meeting between the two teams, Shivamogga Lions registered a comfortable win over Hubli Tigers at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Hubli Tigers is coming into this game on the back of a comfortable win over in their previous game played on Tuesday. Captain Vinay Kumar will be hoping that the side can raise their game with bat and ball in this contest. In the batting department, Hubli Tigers will be looking towards their in-form opening batsman Mohammed Taha to deliver runs with the bat in this game. The opening batsman has so far scored 149 in 6 innings with one half-century to his name.
In the previous game, he once again played well and got the side off to a good start. He scored 48 off 31 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes. He added 105-run partnership with captain Vinay Kumar to help Hubli Tigers chase down a score of 158 runs. Captain Vinay Kumar finished the innings with top-score of 81 not out off 51 balls with the help of 13 boundaries. He truly led from the front with the bat and helped the side seal their place in the playoffs. Middle-order comprising of KB Pawan, KL Shrijith and Praveen Dubey will need to deliver runs for the side in this knockout game.
All-rounder Praveen Dubey has shown excellent form for the side in this year’s tournament. He has accumulated 159 runs in 6 innings at an average of 39.75. The team management that Dubey can continue his good form with the bat in this game as well. In the bowling department, the side will be depending on their new-ball pair of Aditya Somanna and Abhilash Shetty to provide crucial breakthroughs. The duo bowled well and picked up crucial wickets for the side in the previous game. Medium-pacer David Mathias was the pick of the bowlers in the previous game. He finished with figures of 4 for 30 in his four overs. Mitrakanth Yadav, Abhilash Shetty, and Shreyas Gopal also claimed one wicket each against Bengaluru Blasters.
Mohammed Taha, Luvnith Sisodia (wk), KL Shrijith, Praveen Dubey, KB Pawan, Shreyas Gopal, Vinay Kumar (captain), Aditya Somanna, David Mathias, Mitrakanth Yadav, Abhilash Shetty
KB Pawan, David Mathias, S Gopal, Praveen Dubey, Mohammad Taha, Mitrakanth-Yadav, KL Shrijith, Abhilash Shetty, Vinay Kumar, Aditya Somanna, Luvnith Sisodia
Abhimanyu Mithun and co. have lost the momentum in the second half of the competition and lost their last three games on the bounce. The side will need to produce exceptional cricket in order to upstage Hubli Tigers in this knockout game. In the batting department, the side will be hoping that the likes of Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal and Pavan Deshpande can deliver the goods in this game.
In the previous game, opening batsman Arjun Hoysala once again delivered an excellent performance with the bat. He was the standout batsman for Lions and scored 69 off 39 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes. Chasing 196 runs to win in the previous game, Arjun Hoysala put on a 62-run partnership with Nihal Ullal to get the side off to a good start. Wicket-keeper batsman Nihal Ullal will be looking to make a strong comeback in this knockout game. He failed to capitalize on his good start in the previous game and perished after scoring 18 runs. Akshay Ballal played well and scored a run-ball 22 with the help of two boundaries. Pavan Deshpande registered a low score in the previous game and will be keen to put in a notable score for the side against Hubli Tigers. Designated pinch-hitter M Nidhish played well and scored quick runs in the later stages of the innings. He finished the innings with 45 not out off 22 balls with the help of five sixes. The side will be hoping that he can continue his good form in this knockout game. In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Abhimanyu Mithun, Pradeep T and Rishabh Singh to make early inroads with the new ball. Left-arm orthodox spinner Rishabh Singh was the standout performer with the ball in the previous game played against Bijapur Bulls.
Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal (wk), Abhimanyu Mithun (captain), Pavan Deshpande, Prashanth S, M Nidhish, Akshay Ballal, HS Sharath, Prithviraj Shekawat, Rishabh Singh, Pradeep T
MD Nidheesh, Pavan Deshpande, Nihal Ullal, Abhimanyu Mithun, Arjun Hoysala, Sujith Gowda, Rishab-Singh, HS Sharath, Prithviraj Shekawat, SP Manjunath, T Pradeep
The wicket prepared for this knockout game will be excellent for batting. Expect slow bowlers to get something out of this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Thursday is expected to have cloudy skies throughout the day.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposing team to a modest score. Venue Hubli Tigers will take heart from the fact they have an excellent head-to-head against Shivamogga Lions. On the other hand, Shivamogga Lions will also fancy their chance after beating Tigers in the preliminary stages of the competition.
Based on current form, Hubli Tigers will be favorites to win this knockout game against Shivamogga Lions. Captain Vinay Kumar led from the front with the bat and will be keen to put in another good performance in this all-important clash.
Shivamogga Lions will be hoping that their premier players can deliver the goods in this game Our winning prediction for the day is: Expect Hubli Tigers to beat Shivamogga Lions in this eliminator game.