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Tigers’ test with the bat against Challengers
Chattogram Challengers to win
Tournament: Bangladesh Premier League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It is the Eliminator game in the Bangladesh Premier League 2022 and the Chattogram Challengers would be up against the Khulna Tigers. Both sides finished with 10 points on the league stage and come here with a win. The Challengers defeated the Sylhet Sunrisers while the Tigers come here defeating the Comilla Victorians.
The two sides had shared the honors during the league stage winning a game each in the two games they played. There are good players in both camps, and they would look to prove their talent. The loser of this game would have to pack its bags and hence there would be pressure on both sides, and we expect to see a good contest in this game.
It was a good show by Afif Hossain’s side in the last game against the Sylhet Sunrisers. They chased down a big score winning the game by 4-wickets. They come here with two consecutive wins and Hossain shall want his side to ride on this momentum here and make it to the 2nd Qualifier with a win here.
Will Jacks has been among the highest run-getters in the season, and he would like to offer a good start opening with Zakir Hasan. Afif Hossain, Chadwick Walton, and Benny Howell are good hitters in the middle order, and they have a very important role to play in this game. In Shamim Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, and Akbar Ali the side enjoys good depth in its batting.
Their bowlers have to bowl better lines here given the poor show in the last game. Shoriful Islam and Nasum Ahmed will have to get the side early wickets in this game. Mehidy Hasan and Mrittunjoy Chowdhury must use the conditions well and trouble the Tigers’ batting. In Howell and Jacks, the side has good bowling options.
Afif Hossain (c), Zakir Hasan, Will Jacks, Chadwick Walton, Mehidy Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Akbar Ali (wk), Benny Howell, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed
Mushfiqur Rahim’s side made a confident entry into the playoffs with a 9-wicket win against the Comilla Victorians. This win against one of the strongest sides in the tournament would have surely boosted confidence in their camp. As they take on the Challengers, Rahim would want his side to play hard cricket and stay alive in the tournament.
Andre Fletcher and Mahedi Hasan put up a massive 182-run stand in the last game and they would look to do the same here. In the middle order, the side has good experience with Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, and Yasir Ali in the side. Thisara Perara, Jaker Ali, and Farhad Reza are powerful hitters of the ball and runs would be expected from them here.
Their bowlers would need to bowl tighter lines in this game and a good show would be expected from Mahedi Hasan and Naveen-ul-Haq with the new ball. Khaled Ahmed and Nabil Samad will have to bowl tight spells in the middle overs. Perara and Reza will have to produce better performance in the supporting role.
Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Andre Fletcher, Soumya Sarkar, Yasir Ali, Thisara Perera, Sikandar Raza, Jaker Ali, Mahedi Hasan, Khaled Ahmed, Kamrul Islam, Nabil Samad
It would be clear skies over Dhaka on February 14. The wicket is flat and we have seen runs scored on this ground with ease. Bowlers are likely to have a tough time given the fast outfield. The side that bats first in the game would be aiming for a total of 180 runs or more on this surface.
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka has something for the batsmen as well as the spinners. The flat surface and small size have allowed batsmen to score runs at this venue. Fast bowlers struggle here and have not done well. It has been a good hunting ground for the spinners.
The last seven games have seen the sides chasing the score win on six occasions. The wicket has been great to bat on and sides have easily chased down scores here. Hence, the side batting first in this game would have no hesitation in opting to bowl first in this game.
It would be a high-pressure contest as the loser would be out of the tournament. The Khulna Tigers have done well with the bat but their bowlers have struggled in most games the side has played. Chattogram Challengers have done well at Dhaka this season and this would put them nose ahead in this game.
Chattogram Challengers to win
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