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Hubli Tigers Go Head To Head Against Lions

Hubli Tigers, one of the most consistent side in the last three seasons, will begin their Karnataka Premier League (KPL) campaign in the 2019 edition on Saturday. They will be facing Shivamogga Lions at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in the game which is slated to begin at 3 PM local time. They were the runners up in the 2016 edition as they conceded a big total in the final.

On the other hand, the Shivamogga Lions lost all the six matches they played in the previous edition. They came into the KPL named Namma Shivamogga in 2015 edition. The Shivamogga based franchise turned into Shivamogga Lions but surely that change didn’t work for them as they wanted to happen.

Head to Head Battle


Hubli Tigers

Shivamogga Lions




Hubli Tigers likely Playing XI

Tigers will rely mainly on Mohammed Taha, Shishir Bhavane and Praveen Dubey to make healthy contributions with the bat against Shivamogga Lions. Last year, Mohammed Taha was one of their most consistent batsmen having scored 160 runs. The opener struck a couple of fifties and he will be expected to start off with a big knock on Saturday.

Praveen Dubey was also amongst the runs and the team's middle-order batting will depend a lot on him. In the bowling department, the Tigers will bank on their captain Vinay Kumar along with Mahesh Patel to take wickets and push the Lions on the back foot early on in their innings. Mahesh was outstanding last season as he topped the bowling charts with 12 wickets in six matches. Shivil Koushik and David Mathias are two other quality options in this bowling unit.

Probable XI: Mohammed Taha, Parikshith Shetty, Shishir Bhavane, KB Pawan (wk), Praveen Dubey, Shishir Bhavane, Vinay Kumar (c), Shivil Koushik, Aditya Somanna, Mahesh Patel, David Mathias.

Shivamogga Lions likely Playing XI

The inclusion of Pavan Deshpande will certainly bolster Shivamogga's batting and bowling departments. The all-rounder finished as the tournament's second-best batsman last time with 205 runs at an average of 41 and the team will want him to carry that form into this season. Apart from him, the team will also expect strong performances with the bat from Pradeep Gangadhar and Nihal Ullal. Abhimanyu Mithun, Pradeep and Prithviraj Shekawat are the main weapons for Shivamogga Lions when it comes to bowling.

Abhimanyu has been appointed captain of the side this year and the pace bowler will look to lead from the front in this match against Hubli Tigers. Prithviraj did a pretty good job with the ball last year. The left-arm spinner took seven wickets in six games at an acceptable economy rate of 7.36, and once again, it will be up to him to keep things tight in the middle overs.

Probable XI: Akshay Ballal, Nihal Ullal (wk), Rohit K, Pradeep Gangadhar, Pavan Deshpande, S P Manjunath, Abhimanyu Mithun (c), Prithviraj Shekawat , K Hoysala, Pradeep T, HS Sharath.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 3, Star Sports 3 HD.



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