Dhaka Dynamites are clear favorites!
In previous BPL round this season Dhaka had an impressive win over Rajshahi, beating them by 83 runs, while Khulna lost by a thread their openinig season home game against Rangpur by 8 runs.
Our prediction is a win for the Dhaka Dynamites!
Dhaka Dynamites and Khulna Titans are ready to clash in the 5th match of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Dynamite started off their campaign on a perfect note with an emphatic 83-run win over Rajshahi Kings in game played in Dhaka. Three-time Champions would be looking to continue their good form in the competition.
On the other hand, Khulna Titans played well in the previous edition of Bangladesh Premier League to qualify for the playoffs of the competition. They lost to Rangpur Riders in the eliminator game played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
Three-time BPL Champions put in pitch-perfect performance with the bat and ball to beat Rajshahi Kings by 83 runs.
For Dynamites, opener Hazratullah Zazai produced a scintillating performance with the bat and scored 78 off 41 balls with the help of seven sixes. He added 116 runs with Sunil Narine for the opening wicket to see Dynamites get off to an excellent start to their innings.
Sunil Narine also played well and scored 38 off 28 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes.
In the batting department, Dynamites will be relying on the in-form players like Hazratullah Zazai and Sunil Narine to deliver the goods with the bat. All-rounder Andre Russell and Shuvagata Hom chipped in with crucial cameos at the end to see Dynamites post a competitive score on the board.
In the bowling department, pace bowler Rubel Hossain was standout bowler for Dynamites in their previous game against Rajshahi Kings. The side will be depending on the likes of Sunil Narine, Rubel Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan to provide crucial breakthroughs with the ball.
Hazratullah Zazai, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Shuvagata Hom, Nurul Hasan (wk), Rony Talukdar, Mizanur Rahman, Mohor Sheikh, Rubel Hossain.
Mahmudullah-led unit will be looking to put in a decent performance with bat and ball against Dhaka Dynamites.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque and Carlos Brathwaite to do the bulk of the scoring. Mahmudullah topped the batting charts for Khulna Titans last season with 312 runs in 12 matches at an average of 28.36.
Middle-order batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto also delivered credible batting performances for Titans last season.
The franchise has certainly bolstered its squad by signing overseas players like Dawid Malan, Brendan Taylor and Paul Stirling for this year’s competition.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Taijul Islam and Ali Khan to make early inroads with new-ball. Zahir Khan, Carlos Brathwaite and Shariful Islam are the other bowling options for the side.
Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga and leg-spinner Yasir Shah will miss the early part of the competition due to commitments to their national teams.
Paul Stirling, Junaid Siddique, Mahmudullah (c), Ariful Haque, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Jahurul Islam (wk), Zahir Khan, Carlos Brathwaite, Ali Khan, Taijul Islam, Shariful Islam.
The pitch certainly has played well in the first two games of the competition. It will certainly provide assistance to the spinners. Expect a high-scoring between Dhaka Dynamites and Khulna Titans in this game. The weather forecast for the game on Tuesday will be dry and sunny.
The Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium has always been happing hunting ground for batsmen. The venue has high-scoring games in recent times. The last game was between Dhaka Dynamites and Rajshahi Kings played on Saturday.
The side that wins the toss would like to bowl first and make first use of moisture in the surface due to early start to the game. The pitch does provide assistance to the quick bowlers as seen in the first game of the competition between Rangpur Riders and Chittagong Vikings.