Will Blasters get their first win against Panthers?
Our prediction is North Mumbai Panthers will win the match!
North Mumbai Panthers started their season with a win in the first match by 6 runs. Teenage sensation Prithvi Shaw is their skipper this season. Their batting unit posted a mammoth score of 190 runs last match. Sairaj Patil and Karan Nande scored 46 and 50 runs respectively at a brisk strike rate of over 200+. Skipper Prithvi Shaw looked brilliant for his 12-ball 22 before being dismissed run out unluckily.
Their bowling unit held on to nerves in the end overs to win the match in a last over finish. Atif Attarwala and Prathamesh Dake took 3 and 2 wickets respectively to derail the opposition`s chase. All the other bowlers were taken for a lot of runs and did not take any wickets.
NaMo Bandara Blasters lost their first match by 5 wickets despite posting a good score of 176 runs on board. NaMo Blasters are led by one of the young captains Shreyas Iye who is making the right noises in the cricketing circuit. Nikhil Patel and Sujit Nayak scored unbeaten half-centuries to take their team to an above-par total. Prasad Powar`s responsible knock of 47 runs at the top set the platform for the late assault. T
Their bowlers were not able to defend the target losing the match with a boundary of the last ball. Aditya Dhumal, Saksham Jha and Sujit Nayak were economical and amongst the wickets with their bowling. They had combined figures of 10-0-70-4. But, the rest of the bowling unit was unable to control the run rate leading to loss. They gave away 110 runs in their 10 overs and took a lone wicket.
Sairaj Patil – Sairaj Patil came to the grease in the 10th over and was dismissed in the 14th over, but created a massive impact with his 46 runs off just 18 balls. He took the attack to the opposition scoring 3 boundaries and four sixes.
Atif Attarwala – Attarwala took three wickets and bowled a brilliant penultimate over when he took two key wickets of the set batsmen. He had match figures of 4-0-37-3 and his wickets were vital for the team`s victory.
Stats from the season:
Karan Nande – 50 runs (23 balls), 9X4s
Atif Attarwala - 4-0-37-3
Pravin Tambe, Prithvi Shaw (c), Prathamesh Dake, Sairaj Patil, Vikrant Auti, Ajinkya Patil (wk), Swapnil Salvi, Atif Attarwala, Moondeep Mangela, Shashikant Kadam, Karan Nande
Shreyas Iyer – Iyer comes off from a brilliant season for DC in the IPL and is earmarked as one of the leaders for the future. He will be looking to prove his mettle here both with his batting and captaincy skills.
Sujit Nayak – Nayak had a dream match scoring 52 runs off just 19 balls and then taking 2 wickets for just 19 overs with the ball. He smashed 5 sixes on his en route to the fifty and is one of the best all-rounders in the Mumbai Circuit.
Stats from the season:
Nikhil Patil – 55 runs (42 balls), 5X4s, 2X6s
Sujit Nayak - 52 runs (21 balls), 1X4s, 5X6s & bowling figures of 3-0-19-2
Siddharth Chitnis, Nikhil Patil, Sujit Nayak, Atul Singh, Shreyas Iyer (c), Aditya Dhumal, Eknath Kerkar (wk), Nikhil Date, Prasad Pawar, Sagar Chhabria, Saksham Jha
Wankhade is good batting pitch where batsmen will enjoy batting but it also aids bowlers to a certain extent. We can expect scores in a range of 160-180 runs. Match day is expected to be hot and humid with no chances of rain or cloud cover.
Teams chasing has won 3 out of 5 matches in this season. Teams feel comfortable chasing the target rather than setting one nowadays. Both captains will look to bowl first here. Dew factor in night matches will favor the team batting second.
Both teams are batting heavy teams and scored high scores in their first match. Their bowling attacks too gave similar performance giving away nearly 180 runs and there is very little to separate them. North Mumbai Panthers come off a close win and are in good momentum. So, we expect them to win this match too!
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