Our Pick Hubli Tigers are favourites to win
After three wins in a row, Hubli Tigers faced their second defeat of the season at the hands of Mysuru Warriors in their previous match. They are placed second in the standings with eight points from six games. The Rockstars are yet to open their account on the points table and are lying at the bottom of the pool.
Hubli Tigers and Rockstars are set to face each other in the 28th match of the Karnataka Premier League 2016 at the KSCA Rajnagar Stadium, Hubballi. The match will be played on September 30 and live action will begin at 5:30 PM local time.
Read on for our betting tips and match prediction for Hubli Tigers vs Rockstars 28th match KPL 2016...
Mohammed Taha, skipper Kunal Kapoor and Dikshanshu Negi form the backbone of their batting lineup. So majority of the runs should be expected to come from the top of the order. Kapoor scored a fifty recently and he had also scored one against the Rockstars last year. Taha is averaging 41.50 this season with an aggregate of 249 runs. Both Kapoor and Taha are exhibiting good form and are joint favorites to top-score for Hubli Tigers.
The Tigers will be backing their seam bowlers to pick up wickets. Dikshanshu Negi, who ran through the Rockstars last year claiming an outstanding 4-9 in four overs, could provide the early breakthroughs here. Left-arm pacer Sreenath Aravind also has impressive figures against them, though we expect Stalin Hoover to be the top bowler from Hubli Tigers. Hoover has taken the most wickets for his side this year and the Rockstars could find themselves in trouble if he bowls well.
They are going to need valuable contributions from BR Sharath and Madan Mohan at the top as well as Rithesh Bhatkal from the middle order. Madan Mohan could be the Rockstars' best bet with the bat and he will be right at the top of the Tigers' hit list. He struck a fifty last Sunday and also scored an unbeaten 31 last year against the Tigers which makes him a favorite to top-score in this match.
Medium pacemen Raju Gowda and Charan Teja are the vital cogs in their bowling attack. The former has been the best bowler for them this season and the Tigers may not be willing to take too many risks against him. The latter may not have taken a lot of wickets, but has taken four wickets in the two games he has played against the Tigers. He recently took a couple of wickets against Bijapur Bulls and stands a fair chance of being the top bowler for the Rockstars.
Like the previous two editions, the Rockstars have been a big disappointment this season. They finished eighth on the points table last year and they will finishing eighth this year as well. On the other hand, Hubli Tigers have been giving much stronger performances. They came runners-up last year and came close to qualifying for the semi-finals in the season before the last.
Head-to-head, the two teams have played two matches in the past and both of them have been won by the Tigers. The only thing that might work in favor of the Rockstars is that they won't have any pressure on them to win as opposed to the Tigers who need to win this match in order to bolster their chances of advancing further.
Although Hubli Tigers will be coming after having lost their previous fixture, we expect them to get back to their winning ways and come out on top in this match.
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