Man of the Match: K Gowtham
Shivamogga Lions aim to continue their winning streak against Bellary Tuskers
Our Prediction is Shivamogga Lions to win!
Shivamogga Lions will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the league table when they take on Bellary Tuskers in the 15th game of 2019 Karnataka Premier League in Bengaluru on Friday.
In their previous game, Shivamogga Lions managed to complete their third win of the competition. The side completed a comfortable victory, courtesy splendid batting performances from Nihal Ullal and Abhimanyu Mithun.
On the other hand, Bellary Tuskers suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Bengaluru in a rain-affected game played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Skipper CM Gautam will be hoping that the side can learn from their mistakes made in the previous game and make a strong comeback against Shivamogga Lions
League leaders Shivamogga Lions will be looking to maintain their winning streak in the competition. In their previous game, Shivamogga Lions comfortably brushed aside Bengaluru Blasters in rain-curtailed played in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Arjun Hoysala and wicket-keeper batsman Nihal Ullal put on a 50-run partnership to get the side off to a good start. Hoysala failed to capitalize on his good start and perished after scoring 16 off 10 balls with the help of three boundaries. Nihal Ullal has topped the batting charts for Shivamogga Lions in this year’s competition. He has accumulated 149 runs in 3 matches at an average of 74.50. Ullal delivered a crucial inning for the side in the previous game and scored 33 off 17 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. Pavan Deshpande perished for a single-digit score in the previous game played against Bengaluru Blasters. He will be looking to make a strong comeback with the bat in this game.
Captain Abhimanyu Mithun led from the front with the bat and produced a quick-fire 34 runs off 13 balls with the help of four sixes. He put on an unbeaten 50-run partnership with M Nidhish to steer Lions to a comfortable win. M Nidhish also played a supporting role to Mithun and chipped in with 17 off 17 balls with the help of one boundary.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Pradeep T, HS Sharath, and Rishabh Singh to make crucial breakthroughs with the new-ball. Pavan Deshpande bowled well in the previous game and finished with figures of 2 for 12 in 3 overs. Left-arm orthodox spinner Prithviraj Shekawat also bowled well and conceded less than six runs an over from his four overs.
Abhimanyu Mithun (captain), HS Sharath, Pavan Deshpande, M Nidhish, S P Manjunath, Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal (wk), Pradeep T, Prithviraj Shekawat , Rishabh Singh, Rohit K
MD Nidheesh, Pavan Deshpande, Nihal Ullal, Akshay Ballal, Arjun Hoysala, Abhimanyu Mithun, K Rohit, HS Sharath, Prithviraj Shekawat, SP Manjunath, T Pradeep
CM Gautam-led unit will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing their first game of the competition. The side lost their previous game by just one run via the DLS method. The side will need to improve their game with bat and ball in order to beat Shivamogga Lions.
In the previous game, Abhishek Reddy once again delivered runs with the bat and scored 30 off 23 balls with the help of four fours and a six. In this year’s competition, Reddy has scored 151 runs in 4 matches at an average of 50.33. Devdutt Padikkal suffered from a rare failure with the bat in the previous game. He scored only 7 runs against Bengaluru Blasters. He has been the in-form player in the batting department and topped the batting charts with 160 runs at an average of 40.00.
The team management will be hoping that Padikkal can deliver big runs in this game. Karthik CA also failed to make an impact with the bat in the previous game. He was dismissed for a duck by Manoj S Bhandage. All-rounder will be keen to make a strong comeback in this contest. Middle-order has been Bellary Tusker’s Achilles heel in this year’s competition. Captain CM Gautam, Zeeshan Ali Sayeed, and Srinivas Sharath will need to produce runs with the bat in this game. Abrar Kazi and Krishnappa Gowtham are quality players in the lower-order that can score quick runs in the later stages of the innings.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Karthik CA, Krishnappa Gowtham and Prasidh Krishna to make crucial breakthroughs in this contest. Prasidh Krishna and Krishnappa Gowtham also producing probing spells with the new-ball in the previous game against Bengaluru Blasters. Left-arm orthodox spinner Abrar Kazi was the standout bowler for the side in the previous game. He finished with 3 for 15 in his two overs.
Abhishek Reddy, Karthik CA, Devdutt Padikkal, CM Gautam (captain & wk), Srinivas Sharath, Krishnappa Gowtham, Zeeshan Ali Sayeed, Bhavesh Gulecha, Prasidh Krishna, KP Appanna, Abrar Kazi
Abhishek Reddy, Abrar Kazi, KP Appanna, Zeeshan Ali Sayyed, K Gowtham, Bhavesh Gulecha, Srinivas Sharath, Prasidh Krishna, Devdutt Padikal, CA Karthik, Muralidharen Gautam
The pitch prepared for the game will be have something for the bowlers due to moisture in the surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Friday is expected to have early thunderstorms in the day.
The toss would be looking to win the toss and bat first on this surface. Batting second could be a tricky proposition given the rain is predicted for Friday’s game.
Based on current form, Shivamogga Lions will be favorites to win their game against Bellary Tuskers. Wicket-keeper Nihal Ullal, Abhimanyu Mithun, and Pradeep T have shown excellent form with the bat in this contest.
Our winning prediction for the day is Shivamogga Lions to beat Bellary Tuskers in this game!