Cricket Match Predictions: Odisha Cricket League 2020-21 (OCL T20): Odisha Tigers and Odisha Cheetahs- Match 20
The 20th match of the Odisha Cricket League will be played between Odisha Tigers and Odisha Cheetahs at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.
Odisha Tigers have lost their last game against Odisha Lions and are residing at the 5th position on points table with 2 wins out of 6 matches so far. Against Lions, Tigers lost the toss and were asked to field first. The bowlers started out very well as they dismissed Durgaprasad Behera for a golden duck. The other top order batsmen like Rakesh Patnaik and Swastik Samal followed the suit and were sent back to the pavilion within the powerplay overs. At one point, the scoreboard read 37 for 3 in the 6th over and Lions looked in all sorts of trouble. After this phase, Nauttam Bhanja and Sujit Skhetra Lenka joined hands to accumulate 43 runs for the 4th wicket partnership. Nauttam Bhanja scored 26 off 27 balls before he ran himself out in a dramatic fashion. Deepak Behera picked up where Bhanja left and scored a fluent 27 off 17 balls that included two big sixes. As a result of these phenomenal knocks, Lions ended with 147 for 9 in 20 overs.
Chasing 147, Odisha Lions bowlers did not provide enough opportunity to Tigers batsmen to free their arms and score freely. Alok Mangaraj and Sibasish Sahoo bowled very well early on in the innings. Mangaraj claimed the wickets of both openers while Sibasish Sahoo ran through the middle order batsmen. None of the top order batters showed any fight to the opposition and Lions were reduced to 16 for 4 at one point. Amin Khan and Harshit Rathod sprung out a promise with their knocks of 15 and 27 runs respectively but the required rate had risen quite high and it always looked unachievable. After these two were dismissed, all the hopes shattered on Tigers as they collapsed to 80 for 9 in 20 overs losing the game by 67 runs.
Odisha Cheetahs on the other hand are sitting at the number 3 position on points table with 3 wins out of the 6 matches played so far. They lost their last game against Odisha Jaguars by 48 runs. After winning the toss, Cheetahs invited Jaguars to have a bat first. The bowlers provided a dominant start as they bowled tight lines and dismissed Bibhu Malik early on in the innings. Girija Rout at number 3 and Shamsul Khan stitched a vital stand of 50 runs for the 2nd wicket and brought Jaguars back into the game. Shamsul Khan played very well for his 62 off 35 deliveries and defined the match at his own will. Kshyama Bal and Abhijit Barik capitalized on the stage set up by the top order and scored 19 and 33 runs respectively to take Jaguars to a formidable total of 169 for 4 in 20 overs.
After going for plenty of runs in the first innings, Cheetahs looked down and out in the pavilion. Maroju Prasanth lost his wicket early on in the innings as Manoj Kashyap removed him for the golden duck. Suman Mohapatra and Anurag Sarangi then tried to resurrect the innings with their 56 run partnership for the 2nd wicket. However, it was a cautious partnership and could not keep up with the required run rate. After the partnership was broken, the middle order simply collapsed to the bowling of Nirbishankar Barik who picked up 4 important wickets. He ended up with figures of 17 for 4 in his spell of 4 overs and restricted Cheetahs to 121 for 9 in their 20 overs of play. Cheetahs lost the game by 48 runs and Nirbishankar was awarded the man of the match for his amazing performance with the ball.
Let us have a look at the squads:
R Gochhayat, Dibyashakti Chakrabarty, Debashish Ashok Samantray, Ayush Naik, G Sankar Barik, Rupak Pradhan, Utsab Bhoi, Samir Mandal, Amin Khan, Sangram S Manjhi, Minal Parinda, Shekhar Majhi, Harshit Rathod, B Shiva, Sanjay Das, Rajkishan Patel
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 Tigers
Who will win? – Odisha Tigers
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Debasish Ashok Samantray (Odisha Tigers), Anurag Sarangi (Odisha Cheetahs)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – B Shilva (Odisha Tigers), Manoj Barik (Odisha Cheetahs)
Most Sixes – Debasish Ashok Samantray (Odisha Tigers), Anurag Sarangi (Odisha Cheetahs)
Player of the Match- Debasish Ashok Samantray (Odisha Tigers)
Team Scores Batting first – Odisha Cheetahs 130+ Odisha Tigers 145+
Match Handicap- Odisha Tigers
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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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