The 2nd match of the Karnataka Premier League 2019 will be played between Hubli Tigers and Shivamogga Lions at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
The match starts at 3:00 PM local time (IST) (11:30 AM GMT).
This game will be live on Star Sports and live streaming is available on Hotstar.
Hubli Tigers, one of the most consistent side in the last three seasons, will begin their Karnataka Premier League (KPL) campaign in the 2019 edition on Saturday. They will be facing Shivamogga Lions at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in the game which is slated to begin at 3 PM local time. The Tigers finished in the top two in the previous two editions of the KPL but were knocked out in the semi-finals only.
They were the runners up in the 2016 edition as they conceded a big total in the final. On the other hand, the Shivamogga Lions lost all the six matches they played in the previous edition. They came into the KPL named Namma Shivamogga in 2015 edition. The Shivamogga based franchise turned into Shivamogga Lions but surely that change didn’t work for them as they wanted to happen.
As expected, the first match of the tournament got washed out due to the rain intervention. The forecast for the 2nd day isn’t great either. In fact, afternoons have been quite wet in Bangalore over the last week. With not much of time available between the first and second game in the double header, the afternoon fixture could get abandoned even if it rains for one and half hour.
On the opening day, the pitch looked bit sticky since it was the first game of the season and with the moist conditions around. This game between Tigers and Lions will be played in the afternoon on a different track and hence better batting conditions can be expected.
Average first innings score: 174 (KPL matches in 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Mohammed Taha, Shishir Bhavane, Vishwanath M, Pawan KB, David Mathias, R Vinay Kumar (C), Praveen Dubey, Aditya Somanna, Vidyadhar Patil, Mahesh Patel, Shivil Kaushik.
Bench: Abhilash Shetty, Suraj Seshadri, Mithrakanth Yadav, KL Srijith, Luvnith Sisodia, Parikshith Shetty, Dheeraj Shashidhar.
Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal, Akshay Ballal, Pavan Deshpande, HS Sharath, Prithviraj Shekhawat, Abhimanyu Mithun (C), Nidhish M, Rohit K, Prashant S, T Pradeep.
Bench: Manjunath SP, Sujith N Gowda, Rishabh Singh, Hoysala K, Rohit Gowda, Pradeep Gangadhar, Shivaraj S.
Over the past two seasons, the likes of Vinay Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun promoted themselves up the order to up the rate. If the same continues, the fantasy teams with these two players as a captain or vice-captain will be benefitted.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Aditya Somanna, Pavan Deshpande, R Vinay Kumar
Vice-captain options – Mohammed Taha, Arjun Hoysala, Praveen Dubey
Mohammed Taha and Arjun Hoysala come into the KPL with a lot of experience to be filled for their respective teams as openers.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Nihal Ullal
Batsmen – Mohammed Taha, Shishir Bhavane, Nidhish M, Arjun Hoysala (VC)
All-Rounders – Pavan Deshpande, R Vinay Kumar, Aditya Somanna (C)
Bowlers – Mahesh Patel, T Pradeep, Prithviraj Shekhawat
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Nihal Ullal
Batsmen – Mohammed Taha (VC), Shishir Bhavane, Arjun Hoysala
All-Rounders – Pavan Deshpande (C), R Vinay Kumar, Aditya Somanna
Bowlers – Mahesh Patel, T Pradeep, Prithviraj Shekhawat, Abhimanyu Mithun
In the all-rounders category, both Pavan Deshpande and Aditya Somanna are important. However, only one of R Vinay Kumar and Praveen Dubey can be picked as both the players cost 9.5 credits.
Hubli Tigers are expected to make a winning start against the Shivamogga Lions.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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