Date & Time: Friday, August 30, 19:00 IST
Venue: Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground, Mysore, India
Loser’s road ends here
It’s the penultimate match of the KPL 2019 as Belagavi Panthers take on Hubli Tigers in the Qualifier-2. Having lost to Bellary Tuskers in the Qualifier-1, now the Panthers have a second chance to have shot for a place in the final. The absence of Manish Pandey has certainly reflected in their performance as no one could come up with a big knock. On the other side, Hubli Tigers have triumphed Shivamogga Lions by 20 runs in the Eliminator. Vinay Kumar the Tigers Skipper may not be able to bowl but he has become the main man with the bat in the last two matches. So it is a contest between two sides whose confidence is at the opposite sides of the spectrum.
Both sides are likely to stick with the same playing XI as their respective last games.
The surface in Mysore has turned its table in the last three games where the team batting first has won as opposed to the first four games at the venue. It might be due to the wearing of the surface or the pressure of knock out games, but the trend seems to follow in the next two games. The forecast is for a few showers before the start of the match, but there is no rain thereat during match time.
He is the most consistent bowler for Panthers in the season, where he chipped in with 9 wickets from 7 games. He may have started off the season slowly but in the last three games, he has come into his own. He has picked at least a wicket and also came up with few handy runs in the period. This is the very reason that makes him a must-have player in the Dream11 cricket team.
The Tigers’ skipper is carrying a niggle which is the reason why he has not bowled in the last two games. But he has now become the main man for the side with the bat, his promotion to No.3 proved to be fruitful for the side in the last two games and we can expect the same in today’s match as well.
He is one of the most consistent players for Tigers in the season. Vinay Kumar may have overshadowed him in the last two games but he still holds the key in the batting for Tigers. He has scored 182 runs from 6 innings, and he also chipped in with a few handy wickets.
He is not as consistent a player as one would like but he has shown glimpses of it in the last 3 three games. He has come up with a century in the side’s penultimate match of the league phase and in the last match, he has come with an all-round effort.