Cricket Match Predictions: Odisha Cricket League 2020-21 (OCL T20): Odisha Panthers and Odisha Cheetahs- Match 23
The 23rd match of the Odisha Cricket League 2020-21 will be played between Odisha Panthers and Odisha Cheetahs at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.
Odisha Cheetahs have lost their last game against Odisha Tigers and as a result, they have slipped down to the number 4 position on points table with 3 wins out of the 7 matches played.
After losing the toss, they were asked to field first against Odisha Tigers. Rupak Pradhan ran himself out on the first ball of the match in a dramatic fashion. Dibyashakti Chakrabarty was the next one to follow the route to pavilion as he was adjudged LBW off Abhijeet Hota’s bowling. After the fall of 2nd wicket, Amin Khan came to the crease and he joined hands with Debasish Ashok Samantray to accumulate 64 runs for the 3rd wicket. This partnership defined the course of the match as this phase was completely dominated by the batting team. In the death overs, Harshit Rathod played an important cameo of 22 runs off 12 balls to ensure that Odisha Tigers got to a respectable total of 153 in their 20 overs.
Chasing 153, Cheetahs lost Mojakir Khan and Anurag Sarangi early on in the innings and found themselves in sheer trouble. Maroju Prasanth and Abhishek Raut tried to change the odds by playing a good variety of shots in their partnership of 65 runs for the 3rd wicket. Cheetahs were happy taking singles in the latter half of the innings and did not show much intent to chase down the total. Mroju Prasanth made a half century but his strike rate after spending such long time at the pitch was 101. It was certainly not indicative of the fact that Cheetahs put in their complete strength to win the game. In the end, they were restricted to 124 for 4 in 20 overs losing the match by 29 runs. Debasish Ashok Samantray was named man of the match for his batting performance.
Odisha Panthers are sitting at the top of the points table with 6 wins out of the 7 games played. In the recent match against Odisha Lions, they clinched a low scoring thriller by 2 wickets. After losing the toss, Panthers were asked to have a bowl first. They bowled very well in the first 6 overs and kept it tight with the scoring rate. It resulted in wickets at regular intervals and at one point, the scorecard of Lions read 37 for 3 in the 9th over. Sujit Skhetra Lenka yet again proved why he is considered the most talented batsman in the Lions lineup as he made 39 runs off 40 deliveries. Along with Rakesh Pattanaik, he stitched an important partnership of 44 runs for the 4th wicket and saved his team from an immediate collapse. Alok Chandra Sahoo bowled very good areas in the death overs and squeezed the scoring while picking up 3 wickets in the process. In the end, Lions ended with a score of 118 for 8 in their 20 overs.
Odisha Panthers have previously lost a match while chasing a total, hence they wanted to be careful not to let this match slip. Hence, they opted for a cautious start but they were simply outdone by the accuracy with which Deepak Behera and Sibasish Sahoo bowled in the powerplay overs. Panthers were reduced to 37 for 4 in the 7th over and looked in all sorts of trouble. Binit Mohanty raised his hand in crises and played very well for his 25 off 26 deliveries and put on a stand of 34 runs for the 5th wicket with Abhishek Yadav. This partnership ensured that Panthers were always in the game. However, the departure of both Yadav and Mohanty in quick succession put the pressure back on the chasing team. Then came Alok Chandra Sahoo, the hero of the match. He held his nerve in the death overs and scored important 18 runs in 10 balls to win the game for his team by 2 wickets and 2 balls to spare. Alok Chandra Sahoo was adjudged the man of the match for his all round performance.
Let us have a look at the squads:
Krushna Barik, Ranjit Paikaray, Sparsh Somani, Ankit Singh, Abhishek Yadav, Nisikanta Rout, Pradeep Pradhan, Binit Mohanty, Dinesh Srivastav, Alok Chandra Sahoo, Chandramani Biswal, Ashutosh Das, Basant Mohanty, Jayanta Behera, Shubham Nayak, Sidhant Jena
Amit Sahoo, Sourav Gouda, Prasanta Baral, Suman Mohapatra, Anurag Sarangi, KK Sandeep, Maroju Prasanth, Mojakir Khan, Abhishek Raut, Ronald B Singh, Manish Rout, Badal Bhol, Abhijeet Hota, Mrunmay Tripathi, Manoj Barik
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Odisha Panthers
Who will win? – Odisha Panthers
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Ankit Singh (Odisha Panthers), Anurag Sarangi (Odisha Cheetahs)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Alok Chandra Sahoo (Odisha Panthers), Manoj Barik (Odisha Cheetahs)
Most Sixes – Ankit Singh (Odisha Panthers), Anurag Sarangi (Odisha Cheetahs)
Player of the Match- Ankit Singh (Odisha Panthers)
Team Scores Batting first – Odisha Panthers 140+ Odisha Cheetahs 120+
Match Handicap- Odisha Panthers
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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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