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Toss Winner - Minster Group Dhaka won the toss and chose to bowl first
Chattogram Challengers beat Minster Group Dhaka by 3 runs
Challengers last chance to keep playoff hopes alive
Minister Group Dhaka to win
Tournament: Bangladesh Premier League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet, Bangladesh | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The Chattogram Challengers have their backs against the wall as they take on Minister Group Dhaka in the 23rd game of the Bangladesh Premier League 2022. The Challengers went down against Comilla Victorians by a big margin in the last game while Minister Group Dhaka’s game against the Victorians was washed away by rain.
After a good start, the Chattogram Challengers have lost their way in the tournament. The side has managed to win only once in the last five games and they would be down on confidence. Minister Group Dhaka are in a better frame of mind and they would aim to secure their position for the playoffs with a win here.
It has been three losses in a row for Naeem Islam’s team and they have moved to fifth place on the points table. It was a poor show from the side in the last game against the Comilla Victorians where they went down by 9 wickets under the DLS method. They had defeated Minister Group Dhaka earlier and Islam would like his players to draw inspiration from that win.
Will Jacks has been in good form and the side would need runs from him and Chadwick Walton at the top. Shamim Hossain and Afif Hossain need to push the scoring rate in the middle order as they are scoring at a poor strike rate. The side has good hitters of the ball in Islam, Benny Howell, and Mehidy Hasan and quick runs would be expected from them.
Their bowling attack proved ineffective in the last game and the side would hope to see early wickets from Nasum Ahmed and Shoriful Islam at the start. Mehidy Hasan hasn’t been at his best and he would have an important role to play in the middle order with Howell and Mrittunjoy Chowdhury.
Naeem Islam (c), Chadwick Walton, Will Jacks, Afif Hossain, Akbar Ali (wk), Mehidy Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Benny Howell, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam
Akbar Ali, Benny Howell, Will Jacks, Shoriful Islam, Zakir Hasan, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Chadwick Walton, Mehidy Hasan, Afif Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Shamim Hossain
Mahmudullah’s side saw its last game against the Comilla Victorians being washed away by rain. The side had won two games before it and has gained good form. Mahmudullah would look to put up a good show here having lost against the Challengers earlier in the season. A win here would take them a step closer to the playoffs.
They have a strong opening combination in Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Shahzad and a good start would be expected from them. Imran Uzzaman, Mahmudullah, and Suvahata Hom have to build partnerships in the middle order. With Andre Russell and Mohammad Naim down the order, the side has good firepower with the bat.
Mashrafe Mortaza would have to lead the attack with his experience and get early wickets sharing the new ball with Rubel Hossain. Ebadot Hossain and Qais Ahmed would enjoy these conditions and look to make the most out of the occasion. Mahmudullah and Russell bring in experience to the attack and a good show would be expected from them.
Mahmudullah (c), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Mohammad Naim, Andre Russell, Shuvagata Hom, Imran Uzzaman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Ebadot Hossain, Qais Ahmad
Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Ebadot Hossain, Shuvagata Hom, Imran Uzzaman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Arafat Sunny, Mohammad Shahzad, Qais Ahmad
The skies over Sylhet would be clear on February 8. The wicket is two-paced and this would make conditions challenging for the batsmen. Bowlers would enjoy the conditions on this surface. The side batting first in this game would be happy to put 170 runs on the board.
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium balanced it out between the batsmen and bowlers. Batsmen have to play to the merit of the ball as fast bowlers do get assistance from the surface. Spinners have also done well here in the past as the ball turns sharply on this surface.
The wicket has been slow as we have seen in the two games played so far. Batting conditions have been challenging and the side chasing the score would have an advantage here. Hence, we expect to see the side winning the toss have little hesitation in opting to bowl first.
Chattogram Challengers have a survival battle to fight. A loss here may close all doors for them as far as qualification into the next round is concerned. The side needs to produce an all-round performance to win this game. Minister Group Dhaka is enjoying good form and they have a powerful batting line-up. This would put them slightly ahead of the Challengers in this game.
Minister Group Dhaka to win
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