The Karnataka Premier League (KPL) is an Indian Twenty20 cricket league established by the Karnataka State Cricket Association(KSCA) in August 2009 and modeled after the Indian Premier League (IPL). As far it has completed its 6 sucessful seasons, KPL 2018 i.e. its 7th season league started on 15 August 2018 with the wonderful win of Bengaluru Blasters in their first match.
About the match
The Second Match of League will be Hubli Tigers vs Bijapur Bulls today. Where, Hubli was a was the runner-up in the 2016 Karnataka Premier League and Bijapaur been runners up recently in the 2017 competition. Both teams would seek for a successful begin. The two teams had a very good performance in last season, they wound up with 2nd & 3rd position in league. Let’s prepared for a energizing match as both team going to give a tough rivalry to each other.
The team Bulls is under the capataincy of Bharath Chipli, an aggressive opening batsman and a dynamic fielder. They have great players like Uthappa and Samrath in the batting side and they also have substantial strength in the bowling department with addition of a bowler like Cariappa and RG More and a young strong captain like Bharat Chipli.
The Bulls let go of their top batsmen in Mohammad Taha and Mohanram Nidish and only time will tell how their decision pans out. They have retained their skipper from the last season, Bharat Chipli, and being the second highest run-scorer in the last season, a lot will rest on his shoulders.
Ronit More and Naveen MG were held the extent that the rocking the bowling alley department is concerned. Their spin field will be taken care of by KC Cariappa and KP Appanna with both having a lot of involvement added to their repertoire. Alongside, Zahoor Farooqui could assume an essential part considering the way that he picked seven wickets in 5 games last season.
Their middle order batsmen in Mir Kauninan Abbas and Suneel Raju will have a major part to play with Bharat Chipli to settle and give impulse to the innings. Naga Bharath had a decent trip a year ago, yet with the Panthers, and could be picked to assume a finisher part for the bulls.
The Tigers have had a decent last couple of seasons as they completed sprinters up and semi-finalists in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Mayank Agarwal top-scored for them in the last year, yet his inaccessibility could tellingly affect how they do.
In 2016, it was Mohammad Taha and Stalin Hoover who were in charge of taking them to the highest point of the table. In spite of the fact that they have Mohammad Taha back in the squad, Stalin Hoover currently plays Belgavi Panthers. The plus point which goes for them is that they have the most astounding winning level of the considerable number of teams playing in the opposition. They prevailed upon only 57% of their matches last season while in 2016, they won in 66% of the matches they played.
Captain R Vinay Kumar has dependably been a key figure for them and he has contributed enormously with both bat and ball. They've held Abhishek Sakuja, who was the most elevated wicket-taker for them a year ago and the mix of Vinay Kumar and Sakuja will be imperative for them. They have picked Abhishek Reddy from the closeout, who scored 154 runs last season. They give off an impression of being a decent side on paper and will look keep on building on their last year's performance.
It's just the start of the season and both the teams will be looking to get ahead in the competition winning the first match and getting ahead. Hubli Tigers have been a better side historically and will be looking to carry on from where they left in the last season. With the services of experienced T20 batsmen in Mohammad Taha and superb bowling lineup, we expect Tigers to topple Bulls in what will be the first match for both the sides.
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