Cricket Match Predictions Odisha Cricket League 2020-21 (OCL T20): Odisha Panthers and Odisha Pumas - Match 18
The 18th match of the Odisha Cricket League will be played between Odisha Panthers and Odisha Pumas at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.
Odisha Panthers are currently residing comfortably on the top position of points table after their thrilling victory against Odisha Jaguars in a super over. In the match, they won the toss and asked Jaguars to have a bat first. Basant Mohanty and Jayanta Behera provided a great start to Panthers with the ball as they picked up 2 important wickets first up leaving Jaguars in all sorts of trouble. Girija Rout at number 4 tried to give steam to the Jaguar innings by playing a knock of 36 off34 deliveries. However, once he was dismissed by Jayanta Behera, the lower order simply fell like a pack of cards and Jaguars finished with a small total of 105 for 7 in 20 overs.
With the form Panthers are in, the chase was predicted to be an easy one. However, they lost their top 3 batsmen within the powerplay overs and at one point, the scorecard showed 31 for 3 in the 6th over. Alok Chandra Sahoo and Nisikanta Rout played sensible innings and took Panthers closer to the target. Alok Chandra scored 25 runs while Rout played a fine innings of 32 runs. Panthers seemed to be closing in until the penultimate over but a fantastic last over bowled by Nirbishankar Barik meant that Panthers stood in their toes for 105 in 20 overs. With the match tied, super over was to decide the winner of the game. Panthers kept their nerves and eventually won the thriller by 3 runs.
Odisha Pumas on the other hand have been performing invariably well in the last few matches. They are currently occupying the number 3 spot on points table with 3 wins to their name in the 5 matches played. In the recently concluded match against Odisha Tigers, Pumas lost the toss and were asked to have a bat first. Both their openers Kameshwar Barik and Sandeep Patnaik were dismissed without troubling the scorers and Pumas found themselves in trouble early on. Purnachandra Majhi and Tukuna Sahoo stitched a very well made partnership of 74 runs for the 3rd wicket and rescued the team from an awful collapse. Tukuna Sahoo scored a fluent 61 runs off 51 balls. After the partnership was broken, Prayash Singh took over and made 28 runs off 20 deliveries to ensure Pumas reached a respectable total by the end of the 20th over. A few meaty blows towards the end by Soubhagya Mohanty helped Pumas achieve 141 for 8 in 20 overs.
Defending 141, Pumas bowlers removed two batsmen at a total of 25 runs. Thereafter, Rupak Pradhan and Ayush Naik stitched a very important partnership of 40 runs for the 3rd wicket. However, the partnership lacked momentum and by the time it was broken, Pumas had already consumed 11 overs of play. At number 5, Amin Khan failed miserably as he went back to the pavilion at a score of 5. There was no further resistance shown by the lower order except for Sanjay Das who made a contribution of 21 runs in 12 deliveries but it came a little too late as Tigers finished with 117 for 7 in 20 overs losing the match by 24 runs. Tukuna Sahoo was adjudged the man of the match for his incredible performance with both bat and ball.
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
Dhiraj Singh, Debashish Mahakud, Tukuna Sahoo, Badal P Nishad, Prayash K Singh, Pravin Tirkey, Anurag Das, Jitendra Thapa, Abhinash Nayak, Sandeep Patnaik, Arainda Singh, Purnachandra Majhi, Illu Gocchayat, Prasantha Rana, Kameshwar Barik, Soubhagya R Mohanty
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Odisha Pumas
Who will win? – Odisha Panthers
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Sidhant Jena (Odisha Panthers), Kameshwar Barik (Odisha Pumas)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Basant Mohanty (Odisha Panthers), Tukuna Sahoo (Odisha Pumas)
Most Sixes – Sidhant Jena (Odisha Panthers), Kameshwar Barik (Odisha Pumas)
Player of the Match- Basant Mohanty (Odisha Panthers)
Team Scores Batting first – Odisha Panthers 150+ Odisha Pumas 135+
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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