Shivamogga Lions vs Bijapur Bulls: Shivamogga Lions will look to ensure their spot in semi-finals

21st match of the ongoing Karnataka premier league will be played between Shivamogga Lions vs Bijapur Bulls at Mysore today. Defending champions Bijapur bulls are the first team to get knocked out of Karnataka premier league 2019. With a must-win game against Belavi panthers, they suffered a humiliating loss and thus ensured their eviction in the tournament. Currently, they remain the only team to stay out of the play-off contention until now. Led by experienced campaigner Bharath Chipli the team failing to win the crucial moments of the game played a crucial role in their dismissal show this season. They have a wide range of players who can change the game on their own but they have not clicked as a unit and that also a key reason for the flop show this season. Today they are up against Shivamogga lions a consolidation win will help them to move forward for next season.

On another hand, Shivamogga lions are one among the three teams that have sealed their berth in playoffs. They began the tournament with a hat trick of wins and suffered two back to back losses. They are standing second in the points table and a win at today’s match will boost their confidence which will help them to move forward in the tournament. Captained by seasoned campaigner Abhimanyu Mithun the team is doing well this season and one of the major positives about this side is their ability to bounce back during the crucial phases of the encounter. More importantly, they are playing as a unit which is key to win matches in cricket.

Pitch report:

So far Mysuru pitch has been batting paradise but offers little assistance to the spinners. So the spinners are expected to play a key role here. All the four matches witnessed chasing team winning the matches. So teams that won the toss will look to chase down the target. So toss is also going to play the crucial role here. As far as weather is concerned it is expected to be cloudy and there is an only little amount of chances for the rain which is good news for both sides and the tournament organizers. With the presences of short boundaries, the pitch is expected to get better under lights making it life difficult for the bowlers.

Expected playing XI:

Shivamogga Lions:

Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal (WK), Abhimanyu Mithun (C), Pavan Deshpande, S P Manjunath, M Nidhish, Akshay Ballal, Sujit N Gowda, HS Sharath, Pradeep T, Prithviraj Shekhawat.

Bijapur Bulls:

Bharath Chipli (C), Naveen MG, Rajoo Bhatkal, Jaswath Acharya, Suneel Raju, Bhareth NP, Chiranjeevi G (WK), Swapnil Yelave, KC Cariappa, Prateek Jain, Suraj Kamath.

Players to watch out for:

Shivamogga Lions:

Abhimanyu Mithun:

Handy lower order batsmen and effective swing bowler Abhimanyu Mithun has been so good so far in the tournament and he will look to continue the same form incoming matches too that will help his team to emerge champions. He bats slightly up the order which allows him to give another bowler a chance to feature in playing XI.

Pavan Deshpande:

Another batsmen Pavan Deshpande has got three 40+ scores in the last four matches. If he can able to repeat the same performance that will boost his team to seal the victory and he will look to repeat the same in today’s match.

Bijapur Bulls:

Bharath Chipli:

Experienced campaigner Bharath Chipli has been doing his job very well both as a captain and as a player but his team let him down on many occasions. Consistent Bharath Chipli will look to continue the same amount of consistency in earlier matches that will help his team to turn the tables on their favour.

KC Cariappa:

The charismatic off-spinner KC Cariappa has once been in the news for his accurate spin bowling but cannot live up to the expectations as he becomes too predictable. He will look to find some form that will help him to stay confident in the upcoming domestic season.

Final thoughts:

As toss is likely to play a crucial role but the kind of form that Shivamogga Lions is enjoying right now will help them to emerge victorious if they can play up to their potential.

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