Cricket Prediction – Panthers take on Bulls in a tussle to fill Win Column

Belagavi Panthers vs Bijapur Bulls Info:

Date of match: August 21, 2018

Time of Match: 18:30 IST

Location of Match: KSCA Rajnagar Stadium, Hubballi

Format: T20

Stage: Group Stage

Tournament: Karnataka Premier League

Team A: Belagavi Panthers

Team B: Bijapur Bulls

Team A Captain: Bijapur Bulls

Team B Captain: Bharath Chipli

MATCH PREVIEW

Both the teams lost their first game quite comprehensively. While Belagavi fell short of their mammoth target of 229 by the margin of 67 runs the Bijapur Bulls couldn’t defend theirs below par total of 128 against the Hubli Tigers. Both the teams would like to forget their first games and get into their groove earlier than later.

The rivalry between the two sides as expected has been a close one with Belagavi Panthers beating the Bijapur Bulls in 3 of their last 5 games. The encouraging start for Bulls is that they have managed to beat the Panthers in the very next game they have got beaten. Following that sequence Bulls should feel they are in with a chance in this game.

The captain of Belagavi Panthers Stuart Binny would have had a word with his bowlers who were absolutely smashed all over in their first game. The good thing for them is that it can’t go much worse than that or can it? Where can he go for his inspiration then? He needn’t look far than himself. He was the pick of the bowlers for his team picking up 3 wickets. However, there wasn’t much support for him at all from the other end. He will need others to chip in and pick up some wickets in the middle overs if they want to restrict Bulls under par score.

From the batting point of view as well there was hardly anyone who stood up with the welcome exception being HS Sharath who scored a quickfire 49 off just 25 deliveries. Binny would want him to continue that form and ideally want one of his top three to get a big one and bat through.

For Bijapur Bulls the story was different. Their batsmen struggled for momentum and nobody got going. The captain himself struggled for momentum in his score of 29 off 25 balls. His role will be to bat through and get a decent score for Bulls on the board. But he would want players like SA Bhavane and Anurag Bajpai to play the role of an accelerator.

The lone man who looked in good touch was Gneshwar Naveen during his score of 44 off 25 deliveries. His hitting ability may come in to be useful again at the death. They would also like their mystery man KC Cariappa to continue his good work while also picking up wickets.

In a tussle of two good teams, it might boil down to who picks up maximum wickets in the middle overs.

MATCH INFORMATION

When the winner of 2017 edition in Belagavi Panthers takes on the winner of 2015 edition in Bijapur Bulls it won’t be wrong to say that it’s truly the clash of the Titans. Both these teams have lost their first game and one is sure to open their account after this game. Both these teams will be desperate to not go down in their second game as that would mean they would have lost both their games so far. In a short tournament where the competition is fierce, that won’t be an ideal situation to be in.

BELAGAVI PANTHERS LINEUP

  • SH Kirmani
  • Stalin Hoover
  • D Negi
  • Stuart Binny
  • HS Sharath
  • S Rakishith
  • D Avinash
  • A Ballal
  • M Nidesh
  • S Hegde
  • S Yadav

BIJAPUR BULLS LINEUP

  • Bharath Chipli
  • SA Bhavane
  • Anurag Bajpai
  • M Kaunain Abbas
  • KN Bharath
  • SN Raju
  • MG Naveen
  • RG More
  • KC Cariappa
  • Z Farooqi
  • KP Appanna

STATISTIC PREDICTION

Both the team struggled with their batting in their first game. Both would ideally like to know the total they have to go after may chose to bat second. Also, with weather around it is always a good idea to bat second.

MATCH CONDITIONS AND PITCH

Pitch should be belter to bat on. With both teams looking, for an improved batting performance they would welcome the sight of a beautiful batting pitch. Rain is expected to interfere in the game. 

BETRALLY INDIA`S PREDICTION

Bijapur Bulls had the better game amongst the two if we can compare that way. Their bowlers made it tougher for Hubli Tigers to chase their total and that would have given them some confidence. Belagavi Panthers on the other hand didn’t had a good game either with the bat or with the ball. Hence, we are going with Bijapur Bulls as our favourites for this game.

Who will Win? – Bijapur Bulls
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – 50+, Bharath Chipli
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – 3, KC Cariappa
Most Sixes – Stuart Binny

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