After an eventful Sylhet-phase, the fifth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League is set to resume in Dhaka today with the match between star-studded Rangpur Riders and hapless Rajshahi Kings at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
The match will start at 1:00pm and will be telecast live on GTV and Maasranga TV.
Both the teams are not unknown to each other as they met in the first-phase of the tournament where Rangpur secured an emphatic six-wicket victory over last year’s runners-up Rajshahi on the opening day of the competition in Sylhet.
Rony Talukdar’s 47-run guided Rajshahi to set a modest total of 155 runs against Rangpur before they comfortably chased down the total thanks to Rangpur’s middle-order batsmen, who helped their side to clinch the first victory in the tournament.
Despite their win against Rajshahi, Rangpur suffered an 11-run defeat in their second match against underdogs Chittagong Vikings.
But they would like to start afresh in the Dhaka-phase.
Rangpur Riders batsman Shahriar Nafees said on Friday that he was happy with the overall performance of his team so far, but despite having full control against Chittagong in their second match, a brilliant over from Taskin Ahmed changed the whole scenario.
‘Overall, we played really well in both of the matches. We lost the second match for that over. I hope that we will be back to winning ways in our next match,’ the left-handed batsman told reporters at the National Cricket Academy ground in Mirpur.
‘We lost the last match unfortunately. I think Taskin’s [Ahmed] that over was the turning point of the match. Apart from that, we had the control throughout the match.
‘Our bowlers didn’t start well but still they came back strongly. We were also batting nicely.’
On the other hand, Rajshahi, who are at the bottom of the seven-team table after losing both of their matches against Rangpur and Sylhet Sixers, would be looking for their first win of the tournament.
Moreover, last season’s runners-up also received a double blow as their skipper Darren Sammy and batsman Luke Wright were likely to miss the match against Rangpur as they still could not recover from the injuries that they sustained in their last match against Sylhet.
Despite all the problems, Rajshahi all-rounder Mehedi Hasan was optimistic about his team and claimed that a win in the tournament would give them the momentum to bounce back.
‘We still have the confidence. We have 10 more matches to play. If we can play well, we can make our place in the top four. Right now, we need to win a match that will give us the momentum.
‘Sylhet’s environment was completely new to us. We didn’t play in that ground before the tournament.
‘The batsmen got the advantage over there [Sylhet] but bowlers, especially the spinners, struggled due to dew. I hope that we’ll play well in Dhaka as the condition is well known to us,’ he added.
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