SL vs HT Dream11 : Hubli Tigers and Shivamogga Lions clash heads in the Eliminator today with Belagavi Panthers awaiting them in the second qualifier.
For last year’s finalist, Karnataka Premier League 8 has been a topsy-turvy journey, one which has slipped away from their grasps at just the wrong time. Where the team were at the top of the league with three successive wins in their opening three clashes, the ensuing period saw them lose three consecutive contests, an impasse which saw them just about scrape though to the knock-out stages.
Pegging Mysuru Warriors into fourth place by the smallest of net run-rates, Shivamogga Lions know the time to keep banking on their luck to rescue them from flabbergasting situations is well past them now. Today’s eliminator will require them to be at the pinnacle of their game and up the ante of their performances if they are to get past a Hubli Tigers side which has rediscovered its touch at the right time.
Despite losing their previous clash to Bijapur Bulls by 17 runs as they faltered in their pursuit of the 196 run target set infront of them, the Lions were lucky to make it this far. Elsewhere, Hubli Tigers ended up climbing as high as third place after pummelling Bengaluru Blasters by 7 wickets, imbedding a sublime run chase as they registered a comprehensive 7 wicket win in their pursuit of the 159 set infront of them.
It’s been a complete turnaround for the side, a unit which was struggling to string together meaningful displays in the opening exchanges of the league. With three wins in their previous four clashes, the side are one of the most inform teams in KPL 8 at the moment, an outfit which will be quietly confident of putting down a lacklustre and agonising opponent today.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
With rain staying away for the majority of the encounters contested on this surface, the track has regaled us in some momentous scores with the conditions in the night encounters massively favouring the batsmen. While it was a solid pitch for chasing in the opening days, the surface has tended to become sluggish over the course of the days as we traverse through the encounter.
It will see the side winning the toss looking to bat first over here and put on anything in excess of 180 before unleashing their spinners in the second part of the clash.
Probable Playing 11
- Shreyas Gopal has returned for Hubli Tigers with India Blue’s league stage encounters at the Duleep Trophy having come to an end.
Mohammed Taha, Luvnith Sisodia (WK), R Vinay Kumar (C), Praveen Dubey, Pawan KB, KL Srijith, David Mathias, Shreyas Gopal, Aditya Somanna, Abhilash Shetty, Mithrakanth Yadav
Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal, Akshay Ballal, Pavan Deshpande, Nidhish M, Abhimanyu (C), HS Sharath, Prashant S, Prithviraj Shekhawat, Rishabh Singh, T Pradeep
SL vs HT Match Prediction
What has been a major cause of Shivamogga Lions’ downward spiral in the league is their bowling unit, one which had risen to the fore in the initial exchanges to compensate for the lacklustre batting displays. With Hubli Tigers flourishing in both the facets of their game, this is a predicament which should pummel the Lions today as well, seeing them being put down in this clash.
Karnataka Premier League
Match: Hubli Tigers Vs Shivamogga Lions Eliminator
Date And Time: 29th August, Thursday- 7:00pm IST
Venue: Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground, Mysore
Where To Watch: Star Sports 3/HD
- Mohammed Taha, Pawan KB, David Mathias, Mithrakanth Yadav
- Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal, Nidhish M, HS Sharath
Top 4 Batting Order
- Mohammed Taha, Luvnith Sisodia, R Vinay Kumar, Praveen Dubey
- Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal, Akshay Ballal, Pavan Deshpande
- Mohammed Taha, Pawan KB
- Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal
Death Overs Bowlers
- Abhilash Shetty, Mithrakanth Yadav
- HS Sharath, T Pradeep
SL vs HT Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
With a score of 88 in the league and overall 175 runs in 6 clashes, Nihal Ullal from Shivamogga Lions was the one of the viable options in this compartment of our side. He’s been one of the best bats for his side, scoring runs since the onset of the league, a time when the batsmen were failing to impress for the outfit. However we have decided to leave him out owing to his high price tag and his failings in the previous three clashes for his side.
We have decided to go in with the Tigers, Luvnith Sisodia instead for this one given his display with the gloves the last time around and with him capable of scoring some good runs as well.
SL vs HT Dream11 Batsmen
With 204 runs in 6 clashes, Arjun Hoysala has been his side’s top scorer and if Shivamogga Lions are to have any chance of winning today, they are going to need their batsmen to rip apart the Tigers on this surface. This sees us opt for Hoysala and M Nidish as the picks from the side while the opposition we have brought in Mohammad Taha as the only pick.
SL vs HT Dream11 All-Rounders
It was only befitting for us to roll out three all-rounders given the immense pool of skilled performers at our disposal. We’ll be beginning with the picks from Shivamogga Lions first with us picking out Pavan Deshpande from the side given the 185 runs he’s rummaged his way to in 6 contests.
On the other hand we have gone in with two players from the Tigers, compensating for their batsmen over here. Vinay Kumar becomes the first player to come into our side with him having scored 141 runs in the league, getting 81 against Bijapur Bulls in a vital win for the side. Aditya Somanna comes in as well given the wickets he’s picked up for his side over the course of the side’s stay in the league.
SL vs HT Dream11 Bowling Order
With the surface crumbling given the brunt of matches it’s coming under as we keep traversing our way in the league over here, going the spin way was the ideal option for this encounter. Despite Shreyas Gopal being back for his side, his immediate inclusion is yet a doubt and we have decided to veer clear of him.
We have instead decided to pick up left arm spinner, Mitrakanth Yadav from Hubli Tigers with him having picked up 7 wickets for the side till now. David Mathias comes in from the side as well while fro the Lions we have Rishabh Singh come in with the 5 wickets along with HS Sharath.
SL vs HT Dream11 Captain And Vice-Captain
Pavan is our side’s captain for this one while Vinay 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.