Date & Time: Thursday, August 29, 19:00 IST
Venue: Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground, Mysore, India
No more chances for inconsistent teams
Hubli Tigers and Shivamogga Lions somehow managed to enter into the Eliminator. A win in the penultimate match of the league phase means Hubli Tigers find a spot at No.3 in the points table. On the other side, the victories in the first 3 matches came in handy for Shivamogga Lions to stay in Top 4 even after losing the next three matches in the league phase. More than the defeats itself, the manner in which they lost would have dented the confidence of Shivamogga Lions. Hubli Tigers were not too convincing either on their way to the Playoffs. In the three defeats, they lost two matches by 9 wickets. So now it will be interesting to see how this contest pans out, as teams don’t have a second chance to come back the way they had in the league phase.
Both the teams are likely to stick with the same playing XI as their respective last matches.
The surface in Mysore has produced high scoring games in the season where the average first innings score is around 195. So expect another run-fest in the Eliminator if the surface holds true to its nature. The forecast is for a few showers in the afternoon but there is no rain threat for the match.
He may not have been at his best with bowling which he is known for over the years, but the Hubli Tigers’ skipper has compensated his mediocre form with the ball with his batting. He has scored 146 runs from 6 matches. In the last match, he has shown his true potential by promoting himself up the order and by scoring a blistering 51 ball 81.
He is only behind Hoysala in the leading run-scorers for the side where he scored 185 runs from 6 matches. Adding to it, he has also been handy with his off-spin in the first half of the tournament. Apart from the last match of the league phase, he has scored at least 20 odd runs or chipped in with a wicket in the remaining matches.
He is the leading run-scorer for Shivamogga Lions in the season. He has scored 204 runs in the 6 matches played so far. In the last two matches, the team may not have won anything, but he has been in red hot form scoring back-to-back half-centuries.