Our Prediction is Chittagong Vikings to win!
Chittagong Vikings will face Khulna Titans in the 11th game of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in Dhaka on Saturday.
Vikings will be looking to get back to winning ways after suffering a 5-run defeat at the hands of Sylhet Sixers. The side has so far collected 2 points from 2 matches played and will aim for consistency with bat and ball in the next couple of matches.
On the other hand, Khulna Titans will be desperate to turn things after suffering back-to-back defeats in the competitions. In their previous game, they are completely outplayed by Rajshahi Kings to concede their third straight defeat of the competition.
But their road to recovery will not be easy as they will come up against Chittagong Vikings, who have got off to a decent start in this year’s competition.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim will be hoping that his side can put in much improved performance in this game.
In the batting department, Mohammad Shahzad and his opening partner Cameron Delport will have the responsibility to provide a solid foundation so that the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, Sikandar Raza and Robbie Frylinck can capitalize and score big at the back end of the innings.
Robbie Frylinck smashed a quick-fire 44 runs off 24 balls with the help of four sixes. He will certainly be one player to watch out for Vikings in this game.
In the bowling department, it is expected that the side will be two frontline seamers in Robbie Frylinck and Abu Jayed. Frylinck has been leading wicket-taker for Vikings so far this season with 7 wickets at an average of 5.71.
Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Cameron Delport, Sikandar Raza, Nayeem Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Robbie Frylinck, Abu Jayed, Mohammad Ashraful, Sunzamul Islam, Khaled Ahmed
Mahmudullah led-unit will need to produce their best game possible in order to remain relevant in this year’s competition.
In the batting department, the likes of Dawid Malan, Paul Stirling and Captain Mahmudullah will have the responsibility to score bulk of the runs. Junaid Siddique is the leading run scorer for the franchise so far this season with 87 runs in 3 matches at an average of 29.00.
The biggest letdown has been the form of Mahmudullah, who has managed to score only 43 runs in 3 matches at an average of 14.33. Titans will be hoping that Mahmudullah can find form with the bat in this game.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Zahir Khan, Taijul Islam and Dawid Wiese will need to deliver the goods with the ball in hand.
The spin duo of Taijul Islam and Zahir Khan bowled well in the previous game played against Rajshahi Kings.
Mahmudullah (c), Paul Stirling, Jahurul Islam (wk), Junaid Siddique, Dawid Malan, Dawid Wiese, Ariful Haque, Taijul Islam, Zahir Khan, Subashis Roy, Shariful Islam
The pitch will certainly be good for batting and might provide assistance to the quick bowlers in the first half of the game. The weather forecast for the game on Saturday is expected to be sunny.
The pitches prepared at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium have been excellent so far this season. The quick bowlers have got assistance from the surface in the games played at the venue.
The side that wins the toss would like to bat first and put on a big score on the board. The last game played at the venue was won by the side batting second.