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Khulna Tigers beat Chattogram Challengers by 6 wickets
Khulna Tigers’ battle to settle scores with Challengers
Khulna Tigers to win
Tournament: Bangladesh Premier League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, Bangladesh | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The Bangladesh Premier League 2022 has got off to a good start and we have already witnessed close games. The 9th game would see the Chattogram Challengers taking on the Khulna Tigers. The two sides had met in the previous game as well and the Challengers managed to register a comfortable win in the game.
The Khulna Tigers have a very strong batting line-up and they would aim to make good use of it. Their bowlers failed miserably in the last game but the side has the resources to bounce back here. The Chattogram Challengers surprised the Tigers in the last game and it would be interesting to see if they can repeat the same magic here.
It has been two consecutive victories for Mehidy Hasan’s side. They played well in the last game to defeat the Khulna Tigers by 30 runs. It was a complete team effort where most of their players came up with contributions. Hasan would be confident as they take on the same opponent again and want his players to play their natural game.
The side would like to see a solid start from Will Jacks and Kennar Lewis who haven’t got the big scores yet. In the middle order, the side would need Hasan to play an important role and add to the scoreboard with Afif Hossain and Sabbir Rahman. They have good depth in their batting with Benny Howell and Shamim Hossain to follow.
It was good efforts from the new ball pair of Nasum Ahmed and Shoriful Islam that set up the win for the side in the last game and a similar show would be expected from them in this game. Hasan and Howell were wayward in the last game and they will have to play an important role here. Rejaur Rahman Raja did well in the last game and he would carry the confidence.
Mehidy Hasan (c), Kennar Lewis (wk), Will Jacks, Afif Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Benny Howell, Shamim Hossain, Naeem Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shoriful Islam
Benny Howell, Will Jacks, Shoriful Islam, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Afif Hossain, Kennar Lewis, Nasum Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Naeem Islam
Mushfiqur Rahim’s side bowled poorly in the last game to lose it by a big margin and the skipper would be looking for a strong comeback. The bowling attack failed to execute its plans in the last game and this is one area that Rahim would want his men to work on and improve their position on the points table.
Andre Fletcher and Tanzid Hasan failed to convert their starts in the last game, and they would need to set up a good start. Mahedi Hasan, Rahim, and Rony Talukdar are good players and a strong show would be expected from them in the middle order. The side bats deep with Yasir Ali, Sikandar Raza and Thisara Perera to follow.
The side would need early wickets in this game from Suhrawadi Shuvo and Kamrul Islam who bowled poorly in the last game. Hasan and Naveen-ul-Haq shall have to make good use of their experience in this game. In Perera, Raza, and Farhad Reza they have depth in this attack, and good spells would be expected from them.
Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Tanzid Hasan, Andre Fletcher, Rony Talukdar, Mahedi Hasan, Yasir Ali, Sikandar Raza, Thisara Perera, Farhad Reza, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Kamrul Islam, Naveen-ul-Haq
Thisara Perera, Kamrul Islam, ADS Fletcher, Mahedi Hasan, Yasir Ali Choudhary, Nabil Samad, Seekkuge Prasanna, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Farhad Reza, Rony Talukdar
The skies over Chattogram would be clear on January 28 and we are likely to see a high-scoring game. There is expected to be some juice early on in the game though batsmen would be able to play their strokes freely here. The side that bats first in the game will have to eye a score of around 175 runs to feel comfortable.
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram is a good venue for T20 cricket as it offers something for the batsmen and bowlers. Fast bowlers see good assistance from the track early in the game while the true bounce and pace on the surface allows batsmen to play their strokes. Spinners have also enjoyed a good record at this venue with the wicket offering turn.
This will be the first game of the season at this venue, and we expect to see some juice on the surface. Teams in the past have preferred to chase scores here and have won games. Thus, the side winning the toss is likely to opt for bowling first in this game.
Chattogram Challengers would be confident after their good show against the Khulna Tigers in the last game. Their batsmen did well in the game to take the side to a big total. However, their top order isn’t in the best of form which would be worrying the side. The Tigers have depth in their batting as well as bowling and this would put them nose ahead of the Challengers.
Khulna Tigers to win
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