Dhaka aim to halt Rangpur surge

Staff Correspondent . Chattogram | Published: 00:00, Jan 28,2019

 
 

Dhaka Dynamites captain Sakib al Hasan (R) and spinner Sunil Narine are seen during a training session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Sunday. — New Age photo

Star-studded Dhaka Dynamites and Rangpur Riders will lock horns today in a high-voltage clash of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League with the two teams coming into the game with different feelings.
Although Dhaka and Rangpur won five matches each in the ongoing tournament to all but confirm their play-off qualification, though both had opposite results in their last few matches.
Dhaka, who had a blazing start to the tournament winning five of their first six games, lost to Chittagong Vikings and Comilla Victorians by narrow margins in their last two matches to see a halt in their progress.
They will be hoping to bounce back against defending champions Rangpur, with whom they won the first leg match by only two runs in a cliffhanger in Dhaka.
‘It’s a batting friendly wicket and both the teams are very good. So I think it will be a great match,’ Dhaka’s pacer Rubel Hossain told reporters at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Sunday.
‘We were top in the league table but lost two close matches. Insallah, if we can do well in the next match then we will be again on top,’ he added.
Rangpur on the other hand, will start the match with their confidence on a high after they won their last three matches.
Unlike Dhaka, the reigning champions started the tournament poorly winning just two games in first six matches, but they got a kind of momentum once South African batsman AB de Villiers joined.
‘Talking about momentum, we won three consecutive matches. All are in good shape. Our foreigners did struggle in initial matches but now they are scoring runs. Everyone is in a good stage now,’ said Rangpur middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun.
The match is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm and will be televised live on GTV and Maasranga TV.
In the first match of the day, bottom-placed Khulna Titans will face Comilla Victorians at 1:30pm with an aim to restore some pride after a defeat to Sylhet in the previous game ended their play-off hopes.

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