Sylhet look to maintain superb start

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Nov 11,2017

 
 

Dhaka Dynamites Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi (R) stretches during a training session at Mirpur on Friday. — New Age photo

Table toppers Sylhet Sixers will be looking to continue their superb form in the ongoing fifth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League when they take on defending champions Dhaka Dynamites in their re-match in Dhaka today.
The match will start at 6:00pm and will be televised live on GTV and Maasranga TV.
The surprising package of this year’s BPL, Sylhet registered three consecutive victories in their first three matches of the tournament in front of their home supporters before losing to Khulna Titans in their last match in Sylhet.
Their openers Upal Tharanga and Andre Fletcher were the architect behind their impressive form as they put up three successive fifty-plus partnerships which guided them to the top of the points table with six points.
Sylhet’s wicketkeeper batsman Nurul Hasan acknowledged that team-spirit was the main reason behind their success and they would try to give their best to seal another win over the defending champions.
‘Team-spirit is the main reason behind our success. We always try to give our 100 per cent in the field,’ said Nurul on Friday.
‘We had a terrific start in Sylhet so our target would be to ensure the same sort of start here [Dhaka]. Those who would play well will surely win in the game.
‘Dhaka are a strong side. Our target will be to give our best in the field,’ he added.
On the other hand, a star-studded Dhaka were outplayed by Sylhet in the tournament opener as they conceded a nine-wicket defeat against the hosts before they came back strongly in the tournament with a 65-run win over Khulna their second match.
The arrival of their Pakistani recruit Shahid Afridi, who missed the first two matches of the tournament, would give Dynamites a huge boost against the table-toppers.
Dhaka coach Khaled Mahmud was ecstatic with his players fighting spirit in the last match after they underperformed in the first match and claimed that his charger were ready to perform well in the next matches of the tournament.
‘It is essential to play match by match. In the first match, we were outplayed by Sylhet though we are capable of playing much better,’ said Mahmud.
‘Our body language in three sectors bowling, batting and fielding were poor. But it was a positive sign for us to come back strongly within 24 hours by playing a great game. I think our team is geared up now.
‘It always takes some time to make a new team. Maybe there are some very big names but if they can’t perform together then there is no use of it. Although each of the teams are very strong this year, still we are ready for the challenge,’ he added. 

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