BP vs BIJ Dream11 : Belagavi Panthers look to break into the top 2 when they take on last placed Bijapur Bulls on Monday
For Belagavi Panthers, the eighth edition of the Karnataka Premier League has been a topsy-turvy one but the side will be wishing that it has finally settled down in their favour. After what was a horrendous start to the league, leaving them winless after their opening three encounters, the side have gone onto win two matches on the bounce, a narrative which has taken them all the way into third place.
And with the side just one point behind second place, it’s that position which they’ll be having within their sights when they face off against last placed Bijapur Bulls in Monday’s opening match of the day. With the league slowly approaching its business end, each encounter holds massive ramifications and Belagavi Panthers know that a win for them today would serve extremely fruitfully in consolidating a spot in the top 4.
The side will be especially buoyed by yesterday’s 9 wicket win as they pulled off the best run chase in the league. Taking on a tricky Shivamogga Lions outfit as they headed out in pursuit of 176, Belagavi Panthers’ win couldn’t have been any more emphatic as they peeled down the target at hand with over 5 overs to spare. It’s a performance which is bound to give Bijapur Bulls jitters with the side slumped shambolically into last place.
Their three wicket win to Hubli Tigers sees them register just the one win in four encounters, an impasse the side know they need to snap out of in today’s encounter if they are to have any chance of making it into the top 4. Things won’t be easy for them though especially with the harrowing nature of their paper thin batting unit.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
Being a new pitch and with rain staying away over here yesterday, we were indulged in two high scoring encounters with the ball coming onto the bat cleanly, allowing batsmen to cream the ball to the fence. Today promises to be no different and with the sun nicely soaking by any residual water in this track, this clash promises to be a high scorer.
The side winning the toss will be looking to field first today.
Probable Playing 11
Ritesh Bhatkal, Shubhang Hegde, Avinash D, Zahoor Farooqui, Ravikumar Samarth, Stalin Hoover, Manish Pandey (c), Mir Kaunian Abbas, D Negi, Abhinav Manohar, MB Darshan
Bharath (C), KC Cariappa, Prateek Jain, Bhareth, Naveen MG, SL Akshay, Rajoo Bhatkal, BA Mohit (WK), Suneel Raju, Pranav Bhatia, Liyan Khan
Karnataka Premier League
Match: Belagavi Panthers Vs Bijapur Bulls
Date And Time: 26th August, Monday- 3:00pm IST
Venue: Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground, Mysore
- Ritesh Bhatkal, Shubhang Hegde, Zahoor Farooqui, Manish Pandey
- M Naveen, SL Akshay, Suneel Raju, Pranav Bhatia
Top 4 Batting Order
- Ritesh Bhatkal, Ravikumar Samarth, Manish Pandey, Abhinav Manohar
- Bharath , Prateek Jain, MG Naveen, SL Akshay
- Ritesh Bhatkal, Manish Pandey
- Prateek Jain, MG Naveen
Death Overs Bowlers
- Shubhang Hegde, Zahoor Farooqui
- MG Naveen, Suneel Raju
BP vs BIJ Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
Ritesh Bhatkal from Belagavi Panthers is our pick for this segment with the wicket-keeper having produced one innings of worth, something Chiranjeevi has failed to do. Both the wicket-keepers are yet to impress with the bat but if there’s any who is capable of putting on a good score, it’s Bhatkal.
Batsmen for BP vs BIJ Dream11
Hi side’s top scorer with a century and two half-centuries, Manish Pandey comes into our side from Belagavi Panthers with the side impressing immensely as a batting unit. In the eventuality that he doesn’t play today owing to India A’s impending series against South Africa A, we’ll be opting for Abhinav Manohar who is the second pick from the side for now.
From the opposition we have picked out just the one player with Raju Bhatkal coming in. He’s scored 159 runs for the side and looks to be the best pick from the side for this encounter.
All-Rounders for BP vs BIJ Dream11
We have the two players coming in from either side with all-rounders always making for excellent value in a T20 encounter. After a good performance yesterday with both the bat and ball as his side registered a comprehensive win, we have decided to rope in Stalin Hoover from Belagavi Bulls along with MB Darshan.
Elsewhere from Bijapur Bulls we have chosen Gneshwar Naveen and spinner Sunil Raju. Spin will come into effect in this match with the surface slowly cracking up, especially beneath the spin, leaving batsmen beleaguered on how to square off against the turning variety.
Bowling Order for BP vs BIJ Dream11
Given how paper thin Bijapur Bull’s batting unit has looked over the course of the league, an inconsistent and shaky batting unit, it was only fair for us to opt for two bowlers from Belagavi Panthers. With 5 wickets till now, pacer Zahoor Farooqui from Belagavi Panthers is our first pick from the side along with D Avinash.
Meanwhile from Bijapur Bulls we have gone in with Suraj Kamath with the bowler having taken 4 wickets in the league till now, snaring three of them in the previous encounter itself.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Hoover is our captain for this match while Manish is 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.