Its payback time for Titans

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Nov 14,2017 | Updated: 00:35, Nov 14,2017

 
 

Chittagong Vikings players jog during a training session at the National Academy Cricket ground in Mirpur on Sunday. — New Age photo

In-form Khulna Titans will be looking to avenge their first round defeat when they will take on star-studded Dhaka Dynamites in their return leg of the Bangladesh Premier League in Dhaka today.
Comilla Victorians will face Chittagong Vikings in the other match when the tournament will resume after a day’s break at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
The matches will start at 1:00pm and 6:00pm respectively and will be telecast live at GTV and Maasranga TV.
Both Dhaka and Khulna have won their last two matches after suffering defeat in their respective tournament opener.
Dhaka outplayed Khulna in their last match of Sylhet phase before clinching a crushing victory over Sylhet Sixers in front of their home crowd at Mirpur.
Dhaka’s Pakistani recruit Shahid Afridi displayed his charismatic all-round performance against Sylhet in his first match of the season finishing with 4-12 before he entertained the local fans with five sixes to score 37 off 17 deliveries.
Khulna also produced some terrific performances in their last two matches against Sylhet and Chittagong though they have concerns over their top-order batsmen as they lost at least two wickets inside first six overs in all three matches.
Meanwhile, Chittagong will be looking for their middle and lower batsmen to provide some spark after their under-par show cost them at least twice in their three matches.
Former New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi shone in the first two matches but his dismissal in the first over of their third game exposed their batting line-up brutally.
Chittagong’s Zimbabwean recruit Sikandar Raza claimed that they were not panicking with the results and hoped that if they found the right combination they still got the chance of qualifying for the play-offs.
‘I don’t think struggling is the right word,’ Raza told reporters on Monday. ‘I think we have not really managed to get the result to our way. It’s too early to panic anyway.
‘You never know, we may win three out of three in next three games. So, it’s too early to panic.’
Comilla lost their first match against Rangpur Riders but they produced all-round effort in the next two matches against Chittagong and Rajshahi Kings to go up third in the points table.
Comilla bowlers were successful to restrict their opponents below 150-run mark in all the matches and their top-order batsmen took the responsibility to finish it off for their side. 

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