SL vs BB Dream11 : Shivamogga Lions look to make it three successive wins with aspirations of retaining top spot buoying them ahead of today’s encounter against Bengaluru Bulls
Recording two straight wins in their opening exchanges of the ongoing Karnataka Premier League 8 campaign, Shivamogga Lions have settled nicely into the pinnacles of the league standings. The side have been extremely comprehensive in their two outings, leaving their opponents in disarray with both the bat and ball to muster up four pivotal points.
And when they take on last year’s finalists Bengaluru Bulls today, the side will be looking to emanate the same rousing performances which have seen them be touted as firm favourites for the title. Defeating Hubli Tigers by 6 wickets as they chased down the 155 run target set to them in their league opener, the Lions followed it up with a 14 run win over Mysuru Warriors, a win which reinstated the exemplary depth in their batting order.
Elsewhere, Bengaluru Bulls, their opponents for today continue to search for their first full encounter. The side have had to bear the brunt of incessant rainfall with rain looming over both their encounters, intervening to leave the side with the two points from their opening two fixtures.
While their league opener against Mysuru Warriors was abandoned after just 13 overs into their innings, the ensuing encounter fared no better. Batting first to put on 133 against Bijapur Bulls, Bengaluru Bulls were left devoid of a proper run defence with the match being declared a draw through the VJD method after rain curtailed proceedings with Bijapur Bulls on 29.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
With rain prior to or during the encounter extremely likely, the side winning the toss will be definitely looking to come out and field first on this wicket. The incessant rainfall has seen water be seeped down into the track, seeing the pacers extract massive purchase from the surface along with making strokeplay an apathy. Anything around 150 will batting first should be a healthy score to defend here.
Probable Playing 11
Sharath BR (WK), Rohan Kadam, Nikin Jose, Rongsen Jonathan (C), Naga, Manoj Bhandage, Bharath, V Koushik, Rohan Raju, Bharath, Anand Doddamani
Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal, Akshay Ballal, Pavan Deshpande, HS Sharath, Prithviraj Shekhawat, Abhimanyu (C), Nidhish M, Rishabh Singh, Manjunath SP, T Pradeep
Karnataka Premier League
Match: Bengaluru Bulls Vs Shivamogga Lions
Date And Time: 20th August, Tuesday- 7:00pm IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
- Sharath BR, Rohan Kadam, Nikin Jose, Rohan Raju
- Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal, HS Sharath, T Pradeep
Top 4 Batting Order
- Sharath BR (WK), Rohan Kadam, Nikin Jose, Rongsen Jonathan
- Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal, Akshay Ballal, Pavan Deshpande
- Rohan Kadam, Nikin Jose
- Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal
Death Overs Bowlers
- Rohan Raju, Anand Doddamani
- Nidhish M, T Pradeep
Wicket-Keeper for SL vs BB Dream11
With 116 runs in the two matches he’s played in, Shivamogga Lions’ wicket-keeper, Nihal Ullal has emerged as the leading run scorer in the league. He scored a half-century in his first match against Hubli Tigers and the opener looks set to score good runs today as well, seeing him become the first player to come into our Dream 11 side for this encounter.
Batsmen for SL vs BB Dream11
Opener Rohan Kadam is selected by us from Bengaluru Bulls with the batsman being someone who can make the most of the powerplay overs and find early boundaries for his side to mount the pressure on Shivamogga Lions early into the encounter. He had a good opening match before failing in the ensuing encounter but his recent runs see him come into our side once again.
With 28 in his side’s first match, we have also picked up Nikin Jose while opener Arjun Hoysala comes in from the Lions to wrap up our three man batting order for a fixture where we see the batters struggling to get going.
All-Rounders for SL vs BB Dream11
Coming in place of Sujit for the side’s previous encounter, SP Manjunath ended up taking two wickets and scoring 14 runs in the lower middle-order for the Lions, a performance which is set to see him being named in the side’s playing 11 today as well. It’s that performance which sees hi be picked up by us as well with the player holding the perfect identity of all-rounder given his role with both the bat and ball in the side.
HS Sharath comes in from the side as well after his pace bowling has seen him take wickets in two matches. With today’s surface bound to once again see the ball frisk around and shape into the batsmen, he should pick up wickets today as well, making him someone to indulge in. Elsewhere from the opposition we have decided to get in Manoj Bhandage as the only pick from the side.
Bowling Order for SL vs BB Dream11
With the new ball moving around so much in the first 6 overs with wicket to wicket rippers being rewarded with a slew of wickets, we have gone ahead with Rohan Raju from Bengaluru Bulls. He snared two wickets in the previous encounter, hampering Bijapur Bulls’ run chase in the powerplay overs itself and if his side are to make things jittery for the opposition, he’ll need to pick up early wickets today as well.
Left arm spinner Anand Doddamani comes in from the side as well with his spin leaving the right handers, leaving them in tatters as they try to score runs quickly off him. From Shivamogga Lions we have two players come in as well in the form of new ball operator T Pradeep and Rishabh Singh.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Ullal is our side’s captain for this encounter while Kadam is our 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.