SL vs HT Dream11 : Tigers and Shivamogga Lions look to finally get the league underway after yesterday’s opener ended in a no show owing to lashing rainfall
When the schedule of the Karnataka Premier League was released, the one aspect which was bound to massively play as a determent to the encounters was incessant rainfall. And it decided to make a foray in the first match of the newest edition of the league itself, curtailing the league opener yesterday after we failed to get the requisite overs needed for a result underway.
Moving onto Saturday, the first day to see two matches being contested in the league, we are wishing for our first full encounter when Hubli Tigers and Shivamogga Lions square off against each other. For both the sides, the league opener comes an opportunity to not only begin their sojourn with a win but also embark on their soiree of establishing their credentials for the title.
To be played till August 31st, the league is a part of the massive T20 leagues taking birth all over the country with the state associations looking to indulge in the successful IPL format. Conceptualised with an ambition to promote domestic cricket in the county and help provide cricketers with a platform to showcase their perusal of skill set at the big stage, the eighth edition of KPL promises to bring our way some intriguing matches, akin to today’s afternoon encounter.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
With the first innings average being 174 over here in the previous edition of KPL, this surface will favour the batsmen despite the incessant rain it’s suffered over the course of yesterday. The new ball will definitely move around but that should waver the batsmen from coming out and opening their arms to put on a hefty score.
With the surface breaking down as the match scours, expect the side winning the toss choosing to bat first here.
Probable Playing 11
KB Pawan, M Vishwanathan(wk), Mohammad Taha, D Shashidhar, Shishir Bhavane, Vinay Kumar, A Somanna, Praveen Dubey, Shivil Kaushik, M Patel, D Mathias
Nihal Ullal(wk), R Gowda, A Hoysala, K Rohit, M Nidish, SP Manjunath, Pawan Deshpande, H Sharath, T Pradeep, Abhimanyu, K Hoysala
Karnataka Premier League
Match: Hubli Tigers v Shivamogga Lions
Date And Time: 17th August, Saturday- 3:00pm IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Top 4 Batting Order
- KB Pawan, M Vishwanathan, Mohammad Taha, D Shashidhar
- Nihal Ullal, R Gowda, A Hoysala, K Rohit
- M Vishwanathan, Shishir Bhavane
- Nihal Ullal, K Rohit
Death Overs Bowlers
- Shivil Kaushik, M Patel
- T Pradeep, K Hoysala
Wicket-Keeper for SL vs HT Dream11
Nihal Ulall from Shivamogga Lions is our pick for this segment. The wicket-keeper scored some good runs for his side in the previous edition of the league and will bring in points as a wicket-keeper as well with his involvement in a solid amount of catches and stumpings.
We brought in Hubli Tigers wicket-keeper as well with M Vishwanathan coming in for us for this one. We have decided to go in with the safe bets for this encounter and the Tiger’s man with the gloves is someone who offers that proposition.
Batsmen for SL vs HT Dream11
With rain likely to feature in today’s encounter, our main agenda when crafting out the batting order for our Dream 11 side today was picking up batsmen who’ll be a part of their side’s top-order. We might see this encounter being reduced and with the middle-order bats plausible to not feature at all, our picks feature heavily from the top 4 of the two outfits.
From the firm favourite for today’s encounter we have opted for a duo in the form of Arjun Hoysala and K Rohit. Both are players who can score quick fire runs, something which may turn out to be a necessity in today’s encounter and should help our side get points through boundaries. Elsewhere it’s the lone pick from the Tigers with us choosing just Mohammad Taha for this match.
All-Rounders for SL vs HT Dream11
Our all-rounders section is composed of just two picks, the one coming in from each side from us. Offspinner Pavan Deshpande is or pick for this one due to two reasons. His brand of slower bowling will not only get wickets due to batmen looking to peel him off for runs, inducing false shots but also cause this pitch will see the ball grip and turn, seeing the ball square squarely over here.
Elsewhere from the Tigers we have Vinay Kumar come into our side for this match.
Bowling Order for SL vs HT Dream11
One thing which is a certainty in this encounter is the fact that wickets will tumble with ease in this one. Even if we neglect the conditions which will eventually favour the bowlers, both these sides will look to clear the fence as they head out traversing quick runs, something which could leave them in tatters.
Pacers T Pradeep and K Hoysala come in for us from the Lions while we have gone in with Mahesh Patel and Avid Mathias from the Tigers. With the side bereft of a specialist spinner, the pacers will need to extract the movement at purchase here and get early inroads for their side.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have chosen Ulall as our side’s captain while Pavan 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.