KPL 2019: Eliminator, Hubli Tigers vs Shivamogga Lions: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

KPL 2019: Eliminator, Hubli Tigers vs Shivamogga Lions: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Shreyas Gopal joined Hubli Tigers ahead of their last league match.

Shreyas Gopal
Shreyas Gopal. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The Eliminator match of the Karnataka Premier League 2019 will be played between Hubli Tigers and Shivamogga Lions at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Ground in Mysore.

The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (IST) (1:30 PM GMT).

This game will be live on Star Sports and live streaming is available on Hotstar.


Hubli Tigers will take on Shivamogga Lions in the Eliminator match of KPL 2019 on Thursday. Interestingly, the two teams began their campaign facing off each other in the 2nd game of the tournament. The Lions defeated Tigers by a huge margin. The winning team in the game on Thursday will play the 2nd Qualifier against the Belagavi Panthers, won were the losing side in the Qualifier 1.

Both Hubli Tigers and Shivamogga Lions won three matches and lost three during the league phase. After two defeats, the Hubli team won three of their next four matches to qualify for the playoffs. Shivamogga, on the other hand, won three straight matches to kick start their campaign. However, starting from the Krishnappa Gowtham’s once in a lifetime match, the Lions lost three in three.

Weather Condition/Report:

The Eliminator is expected to be played without any interruption like the first Qualifier. The weather forecast does suggest rain on Thursday but during the day time. There will be enough time before the scheduled start to get the ground match fit.

Pitch Condition/Report:

After five consecutive matches won by chasing teams in Mysore, the batting first side came out on top in the previous two nights. Chasing 190+ turned to be tough on both occasions just after a record 241-run chase. However, given the batting depth of Hubli and Shivamogga, they could well chase 180+.

Average first innings score: 197 (KPL matches in 2019 played in the night)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2

Injury and Availability News:

Shreyas Gopal will be available for the remainder of the tournament.

Probable Playing XIs:

Hubli Tigers:

Mohammed Taha, Luvnith Sisodia (WK), R Vinay Kumar (C), Praveen Dubey, Pawan KB, KL Srijith, David Mathias, Shreyas Gopal, Aditya Somanna, Abhilash Shetty, Mithrakanth Yadav.

Bench: Shishir Bhavane, Vishwanath M, Suraj Seshadri, Parikshith Shetty, Dheeraj Shashidhar, Vidyadhar Patil, Mahesh Patel, Shivil Kaushik.

Shivamogga Lions:

Arjun Hoysala, Nihal Ullal, Akshay Ballal, Pavan Deshpande, Nidhish M, Abhimanyu Mithun (C), HS Sharath, Prashant S, Prithviraj Shekhawat, Rishabh Singh, T Pradeep.

Bench: Manjunath SP, Sujith N Gowda, Rohit K, Hoysala K, Rohit Gowda, Pradeep Gangadhar, Shivaraj S.

Top Picks:

R Vinay Kumar has had interesting performances in this season. He had a game with 35+ points after every failure. The previous game he got 50+ points and that was his best performance. Abhimanyu Mithun is promoting himself up the order which he didn’t in the last match due to niggle. Mohammed Taha is expected to give a quick start for Hubli.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain options – Aditya Somanna, Pavan Deshpande, R Vinay Kumar

Vice-captain options – Mohammed Taha, Arjun Hoysala, Praveen Dubey

Pavan Deshpande and Arjun Hoysala have been quite consistent in this season and will hold the key once again.

Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Pawan KB

Batsmen – Mohammed Taha, Akshay Ballal, Arjun Hoysala (C)

All-Rounders – Pavan Deshpande, R Vinay Kumar (VC), Abhimanyu Mithun, Praveen Dubey

Bowlers – Abhilash Shetty, Shreyas Gopal, HS Sharath

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Luvnith Sisodia

Batsmen – Mohammed Taha (VC), Nidhish M, Arjun Hoysala, Akshay Ballal

All-Rounders – Pavan Deshpande (C), R Vinay Kumar, Aditya Somanna

Bowlers – Shreyas Gopal, HS Sharath, T Pradeep

Expert Advice:

David Mathias misses out from out suggested XIs with the inclusion of Shreyas Gopal as both cost 9 credits. Nihal Ullal had three 30+ scores in the first three games but less than 30 runs in total in the next three. His 10 credits are too high to afford in the current situation as there are players of 9.5+ credits among all-rounders.

Probable Winners:

Hubli Tigers are expected to make a get better of Shivamogga Lions.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.