Belagavi Panthers vs Bijapur Bulls, 18th Match Prediction2019-08-27
Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground, Mysore
Man of the Match: Ravikumar Samarth
?The Belagavi Panthers have won their last two games and will look to make it a hat-trick of wins
?Bijapur Bulls are in the last place and will need to win both their remaining matches to ensure a place in the next stage of the tournament
?The Belagavi Panthers have had 2 of their batsmen scoring centuries in this tournament
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Both teams looking for a place in the next stage of the tournament face off against each other in what is a crucial two-pointer contest. The Belagavi Panthers will be confident with convincing victories in their last two matches where they chased down totals with utmost ease and also improving their net run rate. They stand at No. 3 in the points table and a win here will assure themselves a place in the qualifiers.
The Bijapur Bulls are placed last in the points table but have an extra game in hand and will be looking forward to staking their claim to finish in the top 4 slots.
Both teams have an array of batting stars in good batting form with the captains Manish Pandey and Bharath Chipli leading from the front. Pandey and Chipli are currently in the top 5 of the run-scoring charts and will be looking to add to their run tally. The bowlers have been reasonably tight for both teams and they will be expected to limit the runs on a batting beauty.
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The Belagavi Panthers have been on a roll having won their last two games convincingly chasing down targets. Their batsmen have been in song with Manish Pandey and Stallin Hoover smashing centuries in the tournament. They are currently in the third position and a win here should ensure they qualify to the next stage of the tournament. The bowling attack of Zahoor Farooqui, Darshan MB, Avinash D, and Ritesh Bhatkal have been able to reign in the opposition batsmen and restrict them to moderate scores.
Manish Pandey: The classy right-hander came into the tournament late but has already lit up with his scintillating batting. He's looked a class apart, dispatching the bowlers with ease and is now the second-highest run-getter. The India international has transformed the fortunes of the Belagavi Panthers and will look to ensure they end the league stages as one of the top four teams.
Zahoor Farooqui: The leader of the Belagavi Panther's bowling attack has ensured opposition teams have been restricted to moderate scores. The fast bowler has been incisive in his opening spell and been clever at the death with his variations. He has already picked up 5 wickets so far and will be looking to add more to his collection. He will be entrusted with the responsibility of bowling the tough overs and will have to keep his cool to ensure a victory for his team.
Ravikumar Samarth, Abhinav Manohar, Ritesh Bhatkal, Kaunain Abbas, AS Brar, Stallin Hoover, MB Darshan, Dikshanshu Negi, Shubang Hegde, Zahoor Farooqui, D Avinash
Ravikumar Samarth, Stallin Hoover, Dikshanshu Negi, Manish Pandey(c), Abhinav Manohar, Shubang Hegde, Mir Kaunain Abbas(w), Ritesh Bhatkal, Avinash D, Darshan MB, Zahoor Farooqui
The Defending Champions are currently at the bottom of the table due to a combination of disappointing performances and weather interruptions. They will need to win their remaining two games to ensure they guarantee a place in the top four and be in a position to defend their title. Bharath Chipli has replicated his form from the previous year but he has not received any significant support from other batsmen and that has left them at the position they currently are. The Bulls will need a collective performance to challenge the in form Belagavi Panthers.
Bharat Chipli: The Bijapur Bulls captain has led from the front with his batting and has provided rapid starts. However, his teammates have not been able to carry forward his good work and so are languishing at the bottom of the table. The Bulls batting talisman will be gunning for the Orange cap as he is currently in 5th position in the list of highest run-getters. For Bijapur Bulls to qualify, their captain has to produce two match-winning performances with the bat and hope that others follow suit.
Prateek Jain: The wiry left-hander has been an excellent addition to the Bijapur Bulls bowling attack and has bowled economically throughout the tournament. He will be disappointed though in not being able to defend 12 runs in the last over in their previous encounter against the Hubli Tigers and conceding 6 of the last ball. Prateek J will be looking to bounce back from that and keen to rectify his performance. Jain will be key in ensuring the Bulls pick up early wickets and denting the opposition batting.
Raju Bhatkal, Suneel Raju, Jeshwanth Acharya, KC Cariappa, GS Chiranjeevi, Suraj Kamath, Swapnil Yelave, NP Bhareth, Bharat Chipli, Prateek Jain, Gneshwar Naveen
Bharath Chipli(c), Naveen MG, Raju Bhatkal, Gonnabattula Chiranjeevi(w), Suneel Raju, Swapnil Yelave, Jashwanth Acharya, Bhareth NP, KC Cariappa, Prateek Jain, Suraj Kamath
The pitches at Mysore for this edition of the tournament have been batting beauties with teams chasing down high scores comfortably. We already have a century at the venue and can expect to see a few more in the coming days with there being no assistance for the bowlers. The bowlers will be expected to keep the opposition batting tight and restrict them to a reasonable score and the batsmen need to do all the heavy lifting. There is a possibility of rain interruption but both teams will be hoping that it does not affect this crucial contest.
The Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar ground has already shown the signs of being a paradise for the batsmen in the first two games. The small ground and quick outfield will ensure the crowds are treated to an exhibition of batting and high scoring games. The smaller venue should expect a huge crowd who will be hoping for an even contest between two evenly matched teams.
The first two matches at this venue have had the team batting second chase down totals comfortably. The captain winning the toss will look to bowl first and restrict the opponents to a moderate total. The good batting wickets and the small dimension of the ground mean the team batting second will fancy their chances of chasing down any total.
The defending champions Bijapur Bulls come into this contest in a must-win situation, they cannot afford any more hiccups as that will mean the end of their tournament journey. The Belagavi Panthers, on the other hand, can still qualify if they lose this game but that will then depend on the results of the other games. The strong batting lineup of both teams will relish the opportunity to bat on this track which should offer very little to the bowlers.
The form and the batting strength of the Belagavi Panthers make them favorites for the win going into this crucial game.
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