Our prediction is Shivaji Park Lions will win the match!
Shivaji Park Lions play their first match of MPL 2019 against ARCS Andheri. Shivaji park Lions are lead by the Mumbai local player Siddhesh Lad. He is the fulcrum of their batting unit along with Swapnil Pradham and Rudra Dhandey. They have a variety of all-rounders in their team with the likes of Shivam Dubey, Arun Yadav and Tanush Kotian.
Nikhil Patil and Sachin Yadav are the wicket keepers available in the squad. They have a very inexperienced bowling line-up with new faces and young talents. Vijay Gohil, Siddharth Raut, Shivam Malhotra and Jai Kothari form the bowling unit. They have some exciting new talents to unleash in their bowling attack.
ARCS Andheri has already played two matches this season. They won their last match against Namo Bandara Blasters by 5 wickets. Akhil Heraldkar set the tone for the chase with a fifty at the top of the innings. Shubman Ranjane then added some quick runs in the middle overs. Gaurav Jathar and Azhar Ansari then shared a match-winning unbeaten 54 run partnership in just 28 balls to seal the match in a last-ball thriller.
Their bowling has been their biggest worry with bowlers not able to take wickets. Their bowling unit has just 4 wickets in two matches to their name. Tushar Deshpande took two crucial wickets of the openers in the powerplay the last match and that has been the one point of high for their bowling unit so far.
Siddhesh Lad – Siddhesh Lad is the Mumbai Skipper for the Ranji team and he is an excellent batsman who can play classy cricketing shots. He made his IPL debut this season and performed reasonably well in his lone opportunity.
Shivam Dubey – Dubey came into the IPL with a big reputation and hopes due to his all-round capabilities in the domestic circuit. But he was not up to the mark and will be looking to set his record straight in the MPL this season.
Stats from the season:
Siddhesh Lad – 15 runs (13 balls), 1X4s, & 1X6s in his lone match.
Shivam Dubey - 40 runs at a strike rate of 121 & no wickets in 4 matches
Siddhesh Lad (c), Swapnil Pradham, Rudra Dhandey, Shivam Dubey, Arun Yadav, Tanush Kotian, Nikhil Patil (wk), Vijay Gohil, Siddharth Raut, Shivam Malhotra, Jai Kothari
Shubham Ranjane – Ranjane played a gem of innings last match adding 70 run partnership with Herwaldkar for the 3rd wicket. He scored 39 runs in 24 balls with one boundary and three massive sixes.
Iqbal Abdulla – Iqbal Abdulla had match figures of 4-0-21-0 in his 4 overs when the total match tally was over 350 runs last match. He was the only bowler who gave runs at an economy lesser than 6 RPO in the high scoring thriller.
Stats from the season
Akhil Herwaldkar – 82 runs, strike rate - 119, 50s-1, HS-56
Tushar Deshpande – 2 wickets, Economy – 8.4, BB -2/36
Iqbal Abdulla, Akhil Herwadkar, Sufiyan Shaikh (wk), Pankaj Jaiswal, Kevin Almeida (c), Tushar Deshpande, Shubham Ranjane, Azhar Ansari, Gaurav Jathar, Ankur Singh, Vineet Sinha
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. Matchday 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.
Shivaji Park Lions have more exciting young players and has proven match-winners in form of Siddhesh Lad, Shivam Dubey, etc. ARCS Andheri has a good batting line-up but they have been the worst bowling unit so far in the tournament giving more than 170 runs in both the matches. We expect Shivaji Park Lions to start their campaign with a win.
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