Prediction – Tuskers take on Confident Tigers

Hubli Tigers vs Bellary Tuskers Info:

Date of match: August 22, 2018

Time of Match: 14:00 IST

Location of Match: KSCA Hubli Cricket Ground, Hubli

Format: T20

Stage: Group Stage

Tournament: Karnataka Premier League

Team A: Hubli Tigers

Team B: Bellary Tuskers

Team A Captain: Vinay Kumar

Team B Captain: CM Gautam


After scrapping their way through the first game where they chased down an under-par total of Bijapur Bulls, the Tigers went an played their absolute A game against the Namma Shivamogga. It wasn’t easy again, it took an inspirational effort by their skipper Vinay Kumar and a calm knock under pressure by Praveen Dubey to get Tigers to a good score.

Shivamogga had Tigers under trouble on a pretty good batting pitch when Tigers were 20-2 after almost 4 overs. Tigers seemed to be losing their way further at 68-4 after almost 13 overs mark. It didn’t seem like they would go much past 125-130 but then entered their captain Vinay Kumar. He started hitting balls at will and pressure was immediately back on Shivamogga. Such was his dominance that by the time he left after the score of 35 off 13 balls Tigers were well placed at 114-5 after 16.4 overs.

However, to hold their innings total they needed somebody with a calm head and Praveen Dubey proved to be that man for them. His knock off 43 off 32 balls held the innings together and made sure Tigers reached a par score. By the time he got out the score was 141 and last over was being bowled. What took the game further in their corner was the three mighty sixes from Darshan to finish off the innings.

From their bowling point of view at no point they allowed Shivamogga to get ahead in the game and they were again led by their skipper Vinay Kumar who gave away only 20 runs in his 4 overs. Every Tigers bowler bowled to a plan and kept chipping away at the wickets. The end result was a 25-run comfortable victory.

This makes the task of Bellary Tuskers even tougher. Hubli playing so well in their home ground makes the task doubly difficult. CM Gautam will have to keep his men on top of their game. They were at the top in various stages of their first game against Bengaluru Blasters, but they just didn’t close out the game.

While bowling they had their opponents at 67-6 only for them to reach the par score of 167. And with the bat, they were 147 for 4 at one stage only to fall short by 6 runs at the end. So, there were lessons to be learnt and they would hope they will not repeat the wrongdoings of that game.


Hubli Tigers will play Bellary Tuskers in what will be the third game for both in the tournament. Led by inspirational Vinay Kumar, Tigers appears to be on a roll and seem to have all the momentum in the world. Tuskers have lost one game already in the tournament and would not want to put another one in the loss column.


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


  • RP Kadam
  • Swapnil Yelave
  • D Padikkal
  • A Manohar
  • CM Gautam
  • AA Kazi
  • CA Karthik
  • T Pradeep
  • R Bhatkal
  • SL Akshay
  • MC Nayak


The pitch on which Hubli Tigers played Namma Shivamogga was a very good pitch to bat on. More of that should continue in this game as well. The team batting first won the game on that occasion. However, if there is a weather around the teams would like to chase otherwise we could see team batting first on this occasion. Our prediction is the team winning the toss will like to chase the total.


The pitch should be better to bat on as was the case in the game between Hubli Tigers and Namma Shivamogga. It didn’t rain until the very last over of the game and hopefully, it stays that way. However, rain is still expected to interfere and that could make toss tricky for the captains.


Hubli tigers will be the overwhelming favourites in this game. The way they won both their games one by chasing the total and other by defending the score shows the depth of their side. They will be very confident in their ability to get one across Bellary Tuskers. Tuskers, on the other hand, would be wary of their opponents and especially after losing their first game they would be more sceptical of the two sides.

Who will Win? – Hubli TIgers
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – 50+RP Kadam
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – 2, Vinay Kumar
Most Sixes – Vinay Kumar

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