Series: Bangladesh Premier League 2019
Match: 5th match
Date: 8th January 2019,Tuesday
Time: 12.30 PM Local time
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
Dhaka had a great start in the tournament with all guns firing and Khulna lost a closely fought game. Both the teams are balanced and their overseas players are renowned. An Interesting clash is waiting for us.
Khulna has always been a consistent team in BPL but didn’t win the trophy. Mahmudullah Riyad is a great captain and leader but the ultimate result have been far away. They almost won the match in first ten overs against defending champion Rangpur but a slow approach in last 10 overs cost them the game. Paul Stirling showed some great hitting although holding Braithwaite till very last didn’t make sense. Their bowling wasn’t up to the mark on a sluggish pitch. They would try to change that.
Dhaka is a star studded team. Their approach is like going there and bludgeon away every ball. 3 top Windies player Narine,Russel,Pollard play for them and its a luxury to have. Their local talent is great too with Captain Shakib in the lot Shuvagoto, Nurul Hasan, Rubel are national players in the team. Batting and Bowling wise Dhaka is very packed and very much worthy for the trophy.
In the last five matches between the teams Khulna have 3 wins and surprisingly all the last 3 matches have been won by Khulna with utter dominance. Dhaka would like to break the streak.
Unchanged team is what expected with no injury concerns for either side from the 1st match. Khulna could try someone in the bowling dept though.
Shakib Al Hasan, Hazratullah Zazai, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Nurul Hasan, Rony Talukder, Shuvagoto Hom, Mohor Sheikh, Rubel Hossain,Mizanur Rahman.
Mahmudullah Riyad, Ariful Haque, Paul Stirling, Junaid Siddique, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Carlos Braithwaite, Johurul Islam, Taijul Islam, Zahir Khan, Ali Khan, Shariful Islam.
Weather- As the match is at noon the coldness will be less and Sun will shine. But won’t have much of the heat with a great condition of playing. Dew won’t be there in day.
Ground – Sluggish pitch and runs are hard to.come by. 130-40 will be very difficult but if Dhaka goes firing than 180 is also possible.
Toss- Definitely a captain would bowl and chase here. Day games have been won by chasing team. So no alternative there for the captains.
Prediction – It will be a close call but Dhaka is very much favorite. KHULNA cant be ruled out as they have a good team. But we would give Dhaka 60% chance of winning this match.