About the Match
Panthers lost their last game against Mysuru Warriors by 34 runs and are in the 5th place with 4 points; they will take on Bellary, who defeated Mangalore by 7 wickets to get 4 points and positioned in the 4th place, on 26th September at Hubballi. With just a week to go before the semi-finals, both teams will fight hard to better their standings and progress further. It needs to be seen which team can overcome its weaknesses and emerge victorious on Monday.
They won the match against Mangalore by 7 wickets after chasing down the 49-run target from 7 overs in a reduced game; all-rounder Amit Verma scored 26 runs and also took a wicket in the first innings to help the team register victory. Prasidh Krishna has been consistently taking wickets and his 2-11 stifled the opponents; spinner Anil also took 2 wickets in an over and PA Jain provided a breakthrough to combine and restrict Mangalore to 48 runs.
In the earlier game against Rockstars, Anil took 3-15 to demolish the top and middle order of the opposition along with others like Akhil, who took 2-15. Amit Verma and Prasidh Krishna took a wicket each and they restricted Rockstars to a lowly 97, which was chased down successfully thanks to a 62-run opening stand between Kadam and Pawan. The batsmen are doing well in building a strong foundation and they can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with.
With in-form spinners and speedsters, Bellary looks to be a strong unit that can try to continue with their winning momentum against Panthers too.
Fast-bowler T Pradeep registered a superb figure of 4-18 that ripped the Mysuru top-order apart; with help from Sharath, Shinde and Vinay Kumar, who took 5 wickets between them, they restricted the opponents to a lowly 142 getting them all out. However, the batsmen put up a dismal show as the top order batsmen fell like a pack of cards; barring Mayank Agarwal, who scored 21 off 13, captain Vinay Kumar who posted a superb 36 and Dubey who contributed with 20 runs, all others gave up easily without a fight and they lost the match by 34 runs.
In the previous match, the batsmen performed well by posting 177 runs batting first thanks to Vinay Kumar, who led from the front with his brilliant 70 off 52 and 40+ runs each scored by Agarwal and Abbas. However, the bowlers gave away too many runs and despite taking regular wickets, the unit lost the match by 4 wickets in a close finish.
They have good resources with bat and ball but with their recent losses, they are on low morale and will need to focus on their strengths in order to put up a good show.
Bellary has won its last game and will be motivated to push their campaign further ahead; on the other hand, Panthers, which came quite close winning the recent games but couldn’t pull through, can post a stiff challenge and try to redeem itself with a much-needed win on Monday