Panthers take on Confident Hubli Tigers

Hubli Tigers vs Belagavi Panthers Info:

Date of match: August 23, 2018

Time of Match: 18:30 IST

Location of Match: KSCA Hubli Cricket Ground, Hubli

Format: T20

Stage: Group Stage

Tournament: Karnataka Premier League

Team A: Hubli Tigers

Team B: Belagavi Panthers

Team A Captain: Vinay Kumar

Team B Captain: Stuart Binny


In the last 5 games played between the two sides, Hubli has come on top on 4 of those games. However, in the last game, it was Belagavi Panthers who smashed Hubli by a fair margin. In this tournament, however, Hubli has looked a better side, a side with more depth.

Led by Stuart Binny, Panthers will look to him for inspiration to get some confidence after a poor game in the tournament opener. It was not a good start against the Bengaluru Blasters and they looked overwhelmed by the occasion. However, they are not a bad team and they must remember that. There is enough arsenal there in Panthers line up in the form of Stalin Hoover, Binny himself and Hegde that should inspire them and look no further than within themselves to turn the tide.

Hubli Tigers, on the other hand, would like to ride on the momentum they got by their wins so far in the tournament. In the first game while it was their bowlers who won them the game in the second it was captain himself Vinay Kumar who brought the turn around with his bat for a change. His knock of 35 in quick succession was exactly what Tigers needed at the time.

Superbly supported by Praveen Dubey who held the innings together by his knock, Tigers would hope they get the repeat of the same. Vinay Kumar the bowlers as well has been on the mark so far with his spell. He has given nothing away with his opening spells and while it hasn’t exactly rained wickets for him he would take the economy rate.

From Panthers point of view, it was HS Sharath who showed the fight against the Bengaluru Blasters by scoring 49 off 25 deliveries. Panthers would be hoping they get the same kind of intensity from their top order because if they do that would mean they would have negated the threat of Vinay Kumar.

Both the sides have had the problem with their starts and almost all the sides have lost an early wicket in the powerplay at Hubli. It might be a good thing to remember to start a bit cautiously and set the platform before going berserk with the fours and sixes. If the platform is set then it will give a solid platform to the likes of Binny and Vinay Kumar to get their team to an above par total here.


The game between Hubli Tigers and Belagavi Panthers will be potentially a game to remember. While Hubli Tigers are 2 times runners-up of previous editions, Panthers are the defending champions of Karnataka Premier League. In addition to a trophy, Panthers have also been the runners-up on 2 occasions. Fair to say it will be a clash to remember.


  • AM Reddy
  • SN Gowda
  • SK Jain
  • Vinay Kumar
  • P Dubey
  • NS Bhille
  • Kranthi Kumar
  • IG Anil
  • Mahesh Patel
  • MB Darshan
  • AM Kiran


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


The pitches in Hubli have been brilliant. They have been good for stroke play throughout hence, captains have chosen to field first. It just has been the general tendency as well for teams to chase more in T20s because they believe they have the firepower to chase down any total. It didn’t exactly work for Panthers in the first game, but it would be wise to chase here.


Pitches have been flat, good for scoring in Hubli. It has also done enough to keep the fast bowlers and spinners interested. The totals have been a middling affair with scores mostly in the range of 140-160. Hubli Tigers have the better bowling line-up of the two side and they would want to make the first use of it. Panthers, on the other hand, would like their captain Stuart Binny to pick up a few upfronts with his swing. Rain has been around in Hubli and doesn’t be surprised if it interrupts the game.


Hubli Tigers just has the better depth, better form and better belief in themselves. It will be hard to look beyond them in this game. Panthers, on the other hand, would like to forget their very first game and would like to get that run rate in order. Run rates are going to play a role later in the tournament hence, it would be wise if they don’t let It drop further. Hubli Tigers will be our choice for this game.

Who will Win? – Hubli TIgers
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – 40+, AM Reddy
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – 2, Vinay Kumar
Most Sixes – Stuart Binny

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