Man of the Match: Mushfiqur Rahim
Chittagong Vikings to win
Our Prediction is Chittagong Vikings to win!
Chittagong Vikings will be keen to continue their two-match winning streak when they take on Khulna Titans in the 22nd match of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in Sylhet on Saturday.
Going into the match, Chittagong Vikings have 6 points to their name in 4 matches, whereas Khulna Titans are lying at the bottom of the league table with only 2 points from 6 matches played in the competition.
In their previous meeting between the two teams this season, Chittagong Vikings beat Khulna Titans in a Super over. Chittagong Vikings will be looking to improve their position in the points table.
In their last match, Chittagong Vikings comfortably brushed aside Comilla Victorians by four wickets.
On the other hand, Khulna Titans suffered defeat at the hands of Comilla Victorians in a game played on Saturday.
In the batting department, the team will be dependent on Captain Mushfiqur Rahim to do bulk of the scoring. He has been the leading run-scorer for the Vikings so far this season with 139 runs from 4 matches at an average of 34.75. Chittagong will be hoping that Rahim can continue his rich vein of form in this game as well.
Rahim produced a match-winning effort with the bat in the previous game and scored 75 off 41 balls with the help of seven fours and four sixes. Opener Mohammad Shahzad found form with the bat and scored a brisk 47 runs off 26 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes.
Yasir Ali and Robbie Frylinck have contributed well to the team’s cause so far this season. Cameron Delport will need to produce a score in this game after not doing much with the bat in the previous game.
In the bowling department, the side will be hoping that Nayeem Hasan, Robbie Frylinck and Khaled Ahmed can deliver crucial breakthroughs in this game. Medium-pacer Frylinck leaked a lot of runs in the previous game and will be keen to put in a much improved performance.
Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Cameron Delport, Sikandar Raza, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Mohammad Ashraful, Sunzamul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain, Robbie Frylinck.
Nayeem Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, M Shahzad, Khaled Ahmed, Dasun Shanaka, Mosaddek Hossain, Yasir Ali, Cameron Delport, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abu Jayed, N Zadran
The side is currently languishing at the bottom of the league table in the competition. Mahmudullah-led unit will need to bring their A-game to the table in the next couple of games in order to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the playoffs.
In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Junaid Siddique, Mahmudullah and Dawid Malan to produce runs with the bat. Captain Mahmudullah will need to find form with the bat in this game. He has struggled so far this season and is averaging 17.00 with the bat.
Opener Junaid Siddique was the standout performer in the batting lineup for Titans in the previous game. He scored 70 off 41 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes to see Titans post a daunting score on the board.
Wicket-keeper batsman Jahurul Islam has not produced runs at the top of the innings and is averaging 9.00 with the bat so far this season. The batting has been a big letdown this season as Titans have failed to post competitive scores so far this season.
The power-hitters like Carlos Brathwaite and Dawid Wiese will need to contribute with the bat in order for Titans to post a competitive score in this game.
In the bowling department, the likes of Malinga and Junaid Khan to produce crucial wickets for the side. Taijul Islam, Dawid Wiese and Carlos Brathwaite also have chipped in with wickets in the games played so far in the tournament.
Mahmudullah (c), Junaid Siddique, Dawid Malan, Jahurul Islam (wk), Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Ariful Haque, Carlos Brathwaite, Junaid Khan, Lasith Malinga, Taijul Islam, Al-Amin.
M Junaid Siddique, BRM Taylor, Taijul Islam, Paul Stirling, Lasith Malinga, Al Amin, Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, D Wiese, Shariful Islam, Subashis Roy
The pitch prepared for the game will be excellent for batting and will provide to spinners throughout the game. The quick bowlers will need to toil hard for their wickets. The weather condition for Saturday game is going to be bright and sunny.
The last game played at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium was between Khulna Titans and Comilla Victorians.
Both the teams will be keen to win the toss and bat first on a wicket that might assist the spinners in the second half of the game.
Based on current form, we expect Chittagong Vikings to win this game against Khulna Titans. Mahmudullah and co. will need to improve their batting in order to overcome Chittagong Vikings in this contest.
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