Man of the Match: Gneshwar Naveen
Shivamogga Lions looking to secure their playoff berth against Bijapur Bulls!
Our Prediction is Shivamogga Lions to win!
Shivamogga Lions will be looking to seal their place in the playoffs when they take on Bijapur Bulls in the 21st game of Karnataka Premier League in Mysore on Tuesday.
Shivamogga Lions will be keen to get back to winning ways after losing back-to-back games in the competition. Captain Abhimanyu Mithun will be hoping that the side can deliver their A-game in this all-important clash against Bijapur Bulls.
Reigning Champions Bijapur Bulls have already been eliminated from the playoff race and will be looking to end this year’s competition with a consolation win. Captain Bharath Chipli will be hoping that side can deliver a decent show with the bat and ball against Shivamogga Lions.
The side is currently lying third in the league table with six points to their name. But a win against Bijapur Bulls in the final game would help them clinch second place in the points table. Captain Abhimanyu Mithun will be hoping that side can learn from their mistakes and deliver a clinical performance against Bijapur Bulls.
In the previous game, opening batsman Arjun Hoysala was the standout performer for Shivamogga Lions. He played exceedingly well and finished the innings with top-score of 77 off 58 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes. Despite losing Nihal Ullal early in the innings, Hoysala added crucial partnerships with Abhimanyu Mithun and Pavan Deshpande to help Lions post a competitive total against Belagavi Panthers.
Captain Abhimanyu Mithun also continued his form with the bat and scored 22 off 17 balls with the help of one four and two sixes. Pavan Deshpande once again delivered a notable score for the side in the previous game. He scored 59 off 35 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes. He is currently Shivamogga Lions’ leading-run-scorer so far in this tournament with 181 runs in 5 matches at an average of 36.20 with two half-centuries to his name. Shivamogga Lions will be hoping that Deshpande can continue his good form with the bat and deliver a notable score against Bijapur Bulls. Wicket-keeper batsman Nihal Ullal is another bankable performer for the side in the batting department. He has delivered good scores for the side at the top of the innings and averaging 39.25 with the bat in this year’s competition. Ullal will be looking to make a strong statement with the bat in this game.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Pradeep T, HS Sharath, and Abhimanyu Mithun to make crucial breakthroughs with the new-ball. The bowlers conceded a lot of runs in the previous game and failed to make early inroads against Belagavi Panthers. The team management will be hoping that bowlers can raise their game and deliver a disciplined effort with the ball against Bijapur Bulls.
Abhimanyu Mithun (captain), Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal (wk), HS Sharath, Pavan Deshpande, M Nidhish, S P Manjunath, Akshay Ballal, Pradeep T, Prithviraj Shekawat , Sujit N Gowda
MD Nidheesh, Pavan Deshpande, Nihal Ullal, Akshay Ballal, Arjun Hoysala, Abhimanyu Mithun, S Prashanth, Rishab-Singh, HS Sharath, Prithviraj Shekawat, T Pradeep
The side will need to play exceptional cricket to upstage Shivamogga Lions in their final game of the competition. Reigning Champions have been eliminated from the competition and are lying bottom in the league table with 3 points to their name.
In the previous game, the side managed to post a modest score of 136 runs due to notable contributions from Captain Bharath Chipli and Bhareth NP. Skipper Bharath Chipli has been a standout performer for the side in this year’s competition. He has accumulated 214 runs in 5 matches at an average of 42.80 with two half-centuries to his name. Chipli scored 33 off 29 balls in the previous game played against Belagavi Panthers. The side will be relying on Chipli to deliver the bulk of runs in this final game. Besides Chipli, Raju Bhatkal has delivered consistent scores for the side in this year’s tournament. He has scored 165 runs in 5 matches at an average of 41.25 with two half-centuries to his name.
The rest of the batting department has not delivered any sort of runs in this competition. Bhareth NP played exceedingly well and scored 35 not out in 18 balls with the help of one four and two sixes. It was due to his innings that Bijapur Bulls managed to post a decent total on the board.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Naveen MG, Prateek Jain and Suraj Kamath to pick up wickets with the new-ball. In the previous game, Naveen MG was the pick of the bowlers for the side with figures of 2 for 28 in his four overs.
Naveen MG, Bharath Chipli (captain), Suneel Raju, Bhareth NP, Raju Bhatkal, Jashwanth Acharya, Gonnabattula Chiranjeevi (wk), Swapnil Yelave, KC Cariappa, Prateek Jain, Suraj Kamath
Raju Bhatkal, Suneel Raju, Jeshwanth Acharya, KC Cariappa, GS Chiranjeevi, Swapnil Yelave, NP Bhareth, Bharat Chipli, Prateek Jain, Shimon Luiz, Gneshwar Naveen
The wicket prepared for the game will be good for batting. The bowlers will need to bowl right lines and lengths to get wickets on this surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Tuesday is expected to have thunderstorms in the evening.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bowl first. All three games played at Mysore have been won by sides batting second. Venue Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground, Mysore is going to host the sixth game between Shivamogga Lions and Bijapur Bulls.
Shivamogga Lions will be expected to win their game against Bijapur Bulls, Despite two defeats in a row, the side has firepower in the batting and bowling department to beat Bijapur Bulls in this game.
Our winning prediction for the day is Shivamogga Lions to clinch their playoff place on Tuesday.