BIJ vs HT Dream11 : Bijapur Bulls and Hubli Tigers fight it out for third place in the day’s second encounter win a win each in their kitty
For Bijapur Bulls and Hubli Tigers, Wednesday was a day when their respective campaigns in the Karnataka Premier League 8, finally got underway. Entering yesterday’s encounters winless after their opening two encounters, both the sides managed to register their first wins, something the two units will be looking to build on come today’s contest against each other.
Facing off against Mysuru Warriors yesterday, Bijapur Bulls will be immensely pleased with the clinical showing they put on. After curtailing the opponent’s innings for just 140, it took Bijapur Bulls all of 14.4 overs and 2 wickets to register an emphatic 8 wicket win, one where they finally unlocked their true potential to showcase their skill set as a cricket side.
Elsewhere, Hubli Tigers were involved in the highest scorer encounter of the ongoing edition of the league, one where the side deserve all the laurels for the way in which they constructed out their run chase. Traversing in pursuit of an extremely tricky and difficult target of 181, contributions from the entire batting unit saw them win with a ball to spare, a 5 wicket win which will massively buoy the side ahead of today’s encounter.
With just the 1 point separating these two sides in third and fourth place, not only will the winner reinstate their place in the top 4 but also open up a much needed gap between each other. It’s a narrative which ensures that we’ll be in for a humdinger of a clash, one where each side will come hot out of the blocks as they look to emulate their rousing showings from yesterday.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
Although the threat of rain continues to be a very realistic one, over the course of the past few days, the pitch has started settling down, allowing for clean strokeplay. Despite the pitch coming under a heavy barrage of matches without a break, the night matches have infact played out more conducive to the batsmen’s strengths with the last two matches being run feats here.
The side winning the toss will be looking to bat first here and pile on anything in excess of 160.
Probable Playing 11
Naveen MG, Bharath (c), Raju Bhatkal, Gonnabattula Chiranjeevi (wk), Suneel Raju, Bhareth, KC Cariappa, Swapnil Yelave, Pranav Bhatia, Suraj Kamath, Prateek Jain
Mohammed Taha, Vishwanath M, Luvnith Sisodia (WK), Pawan KB, KL Srijith, Praveen Dubey, R Vinay Kumar (C), David Mathias, Aditya Somanna, Mithrakanth Yadav, Vidyadhar
Karnataka Premier League
Match: Bijapur Bulls Vs Hubli Tigers
Date And Time: 22nd August, Thursday- 7:00pm IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Top 4 Batting Order
- Naveen MG, Bharath, Raju Bhatkal, Gonnabattula Chiranjeevi
- Mohammed Taha, Vishwanath M, Luvnith Sisodia, Pawan KB
- Naveen MG, Raju Bhatkal
- Mohammed Taha, Luvnith Sisodia
Death Overs Bowlers
- Suraj Kamath, Prateek Jain
- Aditya Somanna, Mithrakanth Yadav
BIJ vs HT Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
With a good contribution with the bat yesterday, we have Hubli Tigers’ Luvnith Sisodia come into our side for this encounter. He holds a relatively high spot in the side’s batting order and can come up with quick runs as well in the death overs, seeing us select him ahead of the opposition’s KB Pawan for this one.
BIJ vs HT Dream11 Batsmen
An extremely important reason for Hubli Tigers pulling off a comprehensive run chase yesterday was due to the exquisite foundation provided by their top-order with the openers come to the fore for the side. Mohammed Taha’s 55 ball 75 saw him hit five 6s and four 4s, an innings which not only capitalised on the field restrictions but got the side off to the pinch perfect start in their quest of 181.
Elsewhere from Bijapur Bulls we have decided to choose Raju Bhatkal and Swapnil Yelave. The two were untested yesterday with their side’s top-order wrapping up an easy run chase for them but expect them to be asked to come out to the middle today and score for their side.
All-Rounders for BIJ vs HT Dream11
Across the early exchanges of this instalment of the league, the one thing which we has emerged clearly is the fact that investing in all-rounders is going to massively benefit our side. Teams have roped in specialist performers in heavy numbers, opting for players who can intertwine their capabilities with both the bat and ball.
This sees us pick out two all-rounders each from either side for today’s clash with us choosing pacer Vinay Kumar and Aditya Somanna from Bijapur Bulls while from the opposition we have gone ahead with Gneshwar Naveen and Sunil Raju. Naveen is someone who comes into bowl in the death overs and with Hubli Tigers bound to scour for boundaries in that period, expect him to get a few wickets today.
BIJ vs HT Dream11 Bowling Order
Despite our narrative being focused on how the pitch has overturned over the last two days to suit batsmen, the fact that this is the second encounter being held over here today will see the spinners come into effect, especially in the second part of the match. The ball will grip onto the surface as the surface starts opening up and crumbling, making strokeplay difficult as the ball stops and comes out the bat.
This sees u rope in the slower bowlers into our Dream 11 side, picking up Prateek Jain from Bijapur Bulls while from Hubli Tigers we have gone in with David Matthias and their top wicket taker, Mitrakanth Yadav.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Taha is our side’s captain while we are going ahead with Bhatkal as the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.