Mashrafee-Sakib in collision course

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jan 11,2019

 
 

Dhaka Dynamites captain Sakib al Hasan (L) shares a light moment with West Indian team-mates Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard (R) during the break of a training session at Mirpur on Thursday. — BCB photo

National team-mates Mashrafee bin Murtaza and Sakib al Hasan will go face to face in a high-voltage match of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League when table leaders Dhaka Dynamites will take on reigning champions Rangpur Riders in Mirpur today.
The match is scheduled to start at 2:00pm and will be telecast live from Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on GTV and Maasranga TV.
Three-time champions Dhaka are the only side yet to concede a defeat in the tournament as they won both their opening games against Rajshahi Kings and Khulna Titans respectively.
Dhaka’s Afghan recruit Hazratullah Zazai has been the top performer for his side as he struck back to back fifties in both the matches and put up strong opening stands with Sunil Narine to contribute highly in his team’s winning causes.
Zazai’s performance also guided Dhaka to score over 180 runs in both the matches, becoming the only team to achieve it this year and their bowling unit led by skipper Sakib bowled out oppositions for mere totals to earn big wins.
‘It’s been nice last week and obviously we played some good cricket to start well, two wins, that has been really well so I have really enjoyed it,’ Dhaka’s English batsman Ian Bell, who was yet to play a match in the tournament told reporters on Thursday.
‘Big game, big players. The guys have trained really well. I am really looking forward to a really good game. That’s what you play in the tournament for, playing against best players in the world. That will be a great show tomorrow [today],’ he added.
Rangpur on the other hand, got back into winning ways, winning their last two matches after suffering a shocking defeat to Chittagong Vikings in their opening match of the tournament.
Skipper Mashrafee has led Rangpur from the front in the tournament, topping the wicket-taker list with seven wickets and amongst them was his career-best 4-11 which sank title aspirants Comilla Victorians’ strong batting line-up as they folded up for just 63 runs.
‘Mash [Mashrafee] is unbelievable in the team as a character. This is the first time I’ve played with him. I enjoyed every second with him,’ Rangpur’s South African recruit Rilee Rossouw told reporters in Mirpur.
‘It was important to bounce back after the first match. After winning two matches in a row, boys are confident before going to tomorrow’s match. Hopefully, we will replicate what we have done in game two and game three,’ he added.
In the other match, Comilla will face Rajshahi Kings at the same venue at 7:00pm as both the teams will be looking to secure their second win in the competition.

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