Cricket Match Predictions: Odisha Cricket League 2020-21 (OCL T20): Odisha Jaguars and Odisha Lions - Match 26
The 26th match of the Odisha Cricket League will be played between Odisha Jaguars and Odisha Lions at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.
Odisha Jaguars are struggling to find momentum in the tournament so far as they stoop low at the last position on points table with a single win to their name in 8 matches played so far. In their last outing against Odisha Pumas, they won the toss and elected to bat first. After losing Abhijit Barik early on in the innings, Girija Rout and Shamsul Khan stabilized the proceedings by doing a partnership of 35 runs for the 2nd wicket.
Shamsul Khan lost his wicket after stepping out to Dhiraj Singh and got stumped for 21. Girija Rout and Nirbishankar Barik then played cautiously and took the team total to 70 before the 3rd wicket fell. Kshyama Bal and Lagnajit Samal both failed horribly in the middle order and failed to contribute to team’s cause. However, a timely cameo by Sandeep Chauhan 17 runs took Jaguars to a total of 113 for 8 in 20 overs.
Defending 113, Rahul Choudhary went for plenty in the first over but picked up the prized wicket of Sandeep Patnaik in his 2nd over to peg Pumas back. Manoj Kashyap as usual bowled a very tight spell and kept the Pumas batsmen under leash in the powerplay overs. Just when Pumas looked to be on course, Rasmi Sahoo chipped in with the wicket of Abhinash Nayak. Aravinda Singh came in at number 4 and neutralized the Jaguars attack by putting away lose deliveries and respecting the good balls. He held one end very strong and looked to nurture impactful partnerships with the middle and lower order to keep Pumas in the hunt. He scored a match winning 35 off 28 balls to seal the match for Pumas as they won it by 5 wickets with 2 overs to spare.
Odisha Lions on the other hand are placed at the third spot on points table after winning their last encounter with Odisha Pumas. They now have 3 wins in the 7 matches played so far. Against Pumas, they lost the toss and were asked to field first. Sibasish Sahoo and Nauttam Bhanja ripped through the top order of Odisha Pumas as they were reduced to 32 for 4 in the 9th over. Sandeep Patnaik tried to steady the ship with his 17 off 29 balls but he too lost his wicket to Bhanja in the 11th over of the innings leaving Pumas in deep trouble. Deepak Behera took the responsibility of performing in the middle over as he picked up 3 important wickets to peg Pumas back further. Pratik Anurag Das was demoted down the order and he showed some promise with his fighting knock of 15 runs but he ran himself out when it mattered the most. In the end, Pumas finished with a total of 86 for 9 in 20 overs.
After restricting Pumas for 86; it was now up to the batsmen of Odisha Lions to chase the total with ease. They started well with Swastik Samal and Ajay Goura putting on 37 runs for the first wicket. After the first wicket fell, Rakesh Pattanaik ensured they did not lose another wicket and made full use of the loose balls on offer. He scored 21 off 26 balls before getting dismissed to Tukuna Sahoo. Deepak Behera soon followed the suit and perished for a golden duck. Sujit Skhetra Lenka continued his good form in the tournament and made matters easy with his unbeaten 14 runs off 16 balls to assure Lions of a comfortable victory in sight. In the end, they made it home by 6 wickets with as many as 17 balls to spare.
Let us have a look at the squads:
Lagnajit Samal, Manoj Kashyap, Sandeep Chouhan, Rahul Choudhary, Girija Rout, Nirbishankar Barik, Nihar Bhuyan, Dibya Ranjan Das, Shamsul Khan, Anwesh Das, Abhijit Barik, Sunil Sahoo, Rasmi Sahoo, Kshyama Bal, Bibhu Mallick
Chinmay Sagoo, Nauttam Bhanja, Abhisek Giri, Alok Mangaraj, Rakesh Pattanaik, Deepak Behera, Biswabhusan Bihari, Bikash Rout, Swastik Samal, Shubrajyoti Mishra, Saroja Panda, Durgaprasad Behera, Ansuman Tripathy, Sujit Skhetra Lenka, Ajay Goura
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Odisha Jaguars
Who will win? – Odisha Lions
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shamsul Khan (Odisha Jaguars), Sujit Skhetra Lenka (Odisha Lions)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Nirbishankar Barik (Odisha Jaguars), Nauttam Bhanja (Odisha Lions)
Most Sixes – Shamsul Khan (Odisha Jaguars), Sujit Skhetra Lenka (Odisha Lions)
Player of the Match- Sujit Skhetra Lenka (Odisha Lions)
Team Scores Batting first – Odisha Lions 150+, Odisha Jaguars 130+
Match Handicap- Odisha Lions
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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