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Toss Winner - Khulna Tigers won the toss and chose to bowl first
Khulna Tigers beat Minster Group Dhaka by 5 wickets
Pressure on Khulna Tigers’ bowlers to deliver the punch
Minister Group Dhaka to win
Tournament: Bangladesh Premier League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The Khulna Tigers would be taking on Minister Group Dhaka in the 2nd game of the Bangladesh Premier League 2022. This will be the first game for both teams and they would be eager for a positive start. There are good players in the two camps, and they are likely to be eager for success and it would be interesting to see which of the sides can start with a victory.
The Khulna Tigers have an inexperienced new ball attack, and this would pose a big problem for them given the kind of batting line-up Dhaka has. Minister Group Dhaka has some of the biggest names in this format of the game on the side and it would be interesting to see if the Khulna Tigers can deliver a big surprise.
Mushfiqur Rahim is a veteran of many battles, and he has done well leading the side in the past. It will be a massive challenge for him given the strength his opponents bring to the table. Rahim would look to lead from the front and inspire confidence in his players as they take on a confident Dhaka side.
Soumya Sarkar and Andre Fletcher would be expected to do well opening the batting for the side. Mushfiqur Rahim adds solidity to the middle order for the side and he would look to set up partnerships with Nabil Samad and Rony Talukdar. Sikandar Raza, Thisara Perera, and Mahedi Hasan are good hitters of the ball, and they will look to add quick runs down the order for the side to win.
Kamrul Islam and Khaled Ahmed would have big responsibilities on their shoulders opening the bowling for the side against a strong Dhaka batting line-up. Thisara Perera and Raza are experienced bowlers, and they will look to keep the scoring rate under control. The side would also need good efforts with the ball from Talukdar and Mahedi Hasan in this game.
Mushfiqur Rahim (c&wk), Thisara Perera, Soumya Sarkar, Rony Talukdar, Kamrul Islam, Sakandar Raza, Nabil Samad, Sharifullah, Andre Fletcher, Khaled Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan
Thisara Perera, Sohrawadi Shuvo, Kamrul Islam, ADS Fletcher, Naveen-ul-Haq, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Mahedi Hasan, Yasir Ali Choudhary, Mushfiqur Rahim, Farhad Reza, Rony Talukdar
Mahmudullah leads one of the strongest outfits in this tournament and he would look to start with a big win. The Bangladesh skipper shall want his players to stick to their basics and not try anything flamboyant in the first game of the tournament. He would aim to exploit the weakness Khulna has in their bowling attack.
They have a strong opening pair with Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Shahzad on the side and the pair would look to set a good platform. Shuvagata Hom, Mahmudullah, and Mohammad Naim add good strength to the middle order. Andre Russell and Isuru Udana are great finishers and the side would like to see big hits from them down the order.
Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain form an experienced fast bowling pair and the side would expect early strikes from them in this game. Rishad Hossain and Shafiul Islam will have to keep things tight in the middle overs of the game. The side would also expect to see good spells from Russell and Udana in this game.
Mahmudullah (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Andre Russell, Tamim Iqbal, Isuru Udana, Mohammad Naim, Shafiul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Shuvagata Hom, Rishad Hossain
Ebadot Hossain, Mahmudullah, Jahurul Islam, Shuvagata Hom, Isuru Udana, Arafat Sunny, Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Rubel Hossain, Andre Russell, Tamim Iqbal
Dhaka would see partly cloudy skies on January 21. The wicket would be on the slower side as we have seen in the recent games that have been played here. Spinners have done well and batsmen would have to be watchful on this track. The side batting first would be happy to put 160 runs or more on the track.
Shere Bangla National Stadium is known for being flat and we have seen big scores here from batsmen in the past. The surface can be unforgiving for the fast bowlers as there isn’t much assistance for them on this track. Spinners tend to do well here as the ball grips the surface and take turn.
It would be an evening game and we might see dew playing a factor at the toss. Most teams have preferred to chase in afternoon games and have got favorable results. The side winning the toss in this game would have no hesitation in opting to bowl first and chase the score in the evening.
Khulna Tigers have a big challenge in their first game of the tournament. Their bowling attack would be put to test and they will have to come out with flying colors to win this game for the side. On the other hand Minister Group Dhaka has one of the strongest squads in the tournament with big hitters of the ball and experience in the bowling attack. This would make them favorites to win this game.
Minister Group Dhaka to win
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